‘Cautious, careful people always casting about to preserve their reputation and social standing, never can bring about a reform. Those who are really in earnest must be willing to be anything or nothing in the world’s estimation, and publicly and privately, in season and out, avow their sympathy with despised and persecuted ideas and advocates, and bear the consequences.’ — Susan B. Anthony I cannot name one publicized state/church complaint ever handled by the Freedom From Religion Foundation that wasn’t… Read more

Well, I guess now that the “God particle” has been discovered — or very nearly confirmed by a majority of physicists — I need to decide what church to join. We atheists, after all, have been devoutly demanding evidence for the hypothesized intelligent designer holding the universe together, and now that scientists have observed the predicted Higgs boson that gives matter its mass — without which there could be no creation, no gravity, galaxies, stars, planets, waterfalls, pansies, panthers or… Read more

The blog below is a submission from FFRF member Justin Vacula. I received a unique opportunity from Dr. Sebastian Mahfood [a professor who holds a Master’s in philosophy and a doctorate in post-colonial literature and theory] of Holy Apostles College and Seminary — a fully-accredited Catholic school in Connecticut offering graduate and undergraduate programs — to be a guest speaker for a class in the latter part of July titled “Atheism and New Atheism” representing, of course, an atheistic perspective…. Read more

The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s great experiment to storm the “Bishops’ Bastille” in our unprecedented TV ad campaign countering the Catholic Bishops’ war against contraception has been illuminating! The 30-second spot featuring personable Julia Sweeney is running approximately 1,200 times over a two-week period on a variety of national TV — but in regional markets. Those who may view the ads have the following TV or cable carriers: Dish, DirecTV, Cox, Comcast, Verizon and Viamedia. We’re getting a lot of… Read more

God is imaginary. But imagination is real. So . . . the religious experience is a real experience. It happens to many believers in all religions. It happened to me. It can STILL happen to me. Even as an atheist, I can make my mind go back into the “religious experience” mode and relive all those very real feelings. (What a weird sensation for a nonbeliever! I don’t do it very often, but every couple of years, when I am… Read more

Editor’s note: FFRF archaeologists recently unearthed this letter, written from Jesus to Joseph. It looks pretty old so it must be genuine. We translated it into English using a magic seeing stone and hat, similar to that which Joseph Smith, founder of the Mormon Church, used to translate the Book of Mormon off two golden plates. According to the signature and word choice it was written by Jesus himself. Using textual clues our archaeologists have determined that this letter was… Read more

  FFRF’ers counterpicket in Madison, Wis. (Photo: Andrew Seidel), Pennsylvania nun (Photo: Justin Vacula) Did you know “contraception kills”? That’s what an intrepid coterie of FFRF’ers was told by true believers when we counterpicketed a June 8 rally conducted by the Roman Catholic Church at the federal courthouse here in Madison, Wis. I held a sign, “Quit the Church,” accompanied by about 20 other FFRF members, staffers, interns and volunteers. It was chilling to hear a young male speaker intone, “God… Read more

FFRF Attorney Andrew Seidel sets Newsweek’s Andrew Sullivan straight on religion and history. Read more

It’s that time of year again: Ghosts and zombies, graveyards, disguises and spooky stories. That’s right. Easter is upon us, the season that celebrates the revivification of an executed corpse, a story so fantastical that it makes Halloween look like child’s play. Zombies? Look at this phantasmagorical tale in the Gospel of Matthew, at the time Jesus was crucified: “The earth shook, and the rocks were split. The tombs also were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had… Read more

FFRF knows how to put together a table The FFRF staff, and particularly Jackie Douglas and Katie Daniel, know how to set up a table that draws a crowd. The FFRF table was beautiful. We had tons of free rally signs, stickers, debaptismal certificates, bookmarks, Freethought Todays, and so much more. Our table was constantly swamped. Behind our table stood huge backdrops featuring some of FFRF’s most successful billboards such as “Imagine No Religion,” “In Reason We Trust,” and our… Read more

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