FFRF Featured in New York Times

In case you missed it, there was a fantastic article about the Freedom From Religion Foundation in the New York Times on Saturday.

They were featured because of their recent court victory in which a judge declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional.

The court ruling drew fire from the private National Day of Prayer Task Force. Michael Calhoun, a spokesman, described it as “an attack upon the religious heritage” of the nation. He criticized the Madison organization.

“It is a sad day in America when an atheist in Wisconsin,” he said, “can undermine this tradition for millions of others.”

It is still not easy being an atheist in public. No corporate group gives money to the foundation. Ms. Gaylor said she typically avoids making her views on political candidates public, calling it “the kiss of death” to be endorsed by an organization of nonbelievers.

She acknowledged voting for Mr. Obama, and expressed disappointment that his administration has defended the prayer day law. “I don’t give him a pass,” she said. “He’s a constitutional scholar. He knows we’re right.”

FFRF continues to lead the charge against breaches of church/state separation. They’re fighting the big fights and taking the criticism that goes with it. I’m not a fan of everything that they do, but I think they do enough important work that I am proud to be a member.

If you’re not already, you should be one, too.

  • http://twitter.com/artiofab artiofab

    Whenever things like this happen and annoy the theists, I try to remind them that my rights will soon be trampled on again.

    It happened with the Pledge court decision and it will (probably will) happen with this. Christian privilege (even hiding behind “non-denominational” events like this) is not going away any time soon in America.

  • http://www.joecienkowski.com Joe Cienkowski

    My new book, Atheism is a religion, proves conclusively that atheism is not a neutral unbiased position but a religious point of view. It’s absolutely a religion an atheist can no longer say “I have no belief”, as 20 specific beliefs I show that stem from the original belief “that there is no God”. Atheism is an unreasonable air rational naïve unscientific worldview. Or as Dennis Miller said on Bill O’Reilly, atheism is a lachrymose religion. Good day.

  • http://blog.ungullible.com ungullible

    I’m also not a fan of everything the FFRF does, but I’m enough of a fan enough of the time that I recently became a proud member too. If we only supported organizations we 100% agreed with, we wouldn’t support anything.

  • Alex

    Fan or not is not really the point. They are doing a great job defending our right of conscience. “Yes, Virginia, there is no God,” billboard received a lot of heat but honestly when is the best time to be honest with children? If churches stopped indoctrinating children at such an early age, this billboard would be pretty irrelevant.

  • Miko

    “It is a sad day in America when an atheist in Wisconsin,” he said, “can undermine this tradition for millions of others.”

    On the contrary, it’s a pretty sad tradition that can be undermined by one person, no matter who.

  • http://religionsetspolitics.blogspot.com/ Joshua Zelinsky

    I’m annoyed that the Obama administration is appealing the ruling. Don’t they have better things to do with their time?

  • Jonas

    I agree with Zelinsky. Not to mention Obama has far better things to do with our tax money that appeal this ruling.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m pleased he stopped the prayer services G W Bush held, during his reign, and per the ruling I read he still had to declare a National Day of Prayer this year. — But let the National Day of Prayer Task Force, or some other group bring an appeal, not a government official using our tax money.

  • Ham Nox

    I honestly don’t see why this is a problem. It’s as ridiculous as trying to fight a National Tarot Card Day or National Meditation day or National Knuckle Hair Waxing Day. It’s dedicated to a practice that some people find valuable in their daily lives, and some don’t. It’s not like the government is saying “YOU ARE REQUIRED ON THIS DAY TO SACRIFICE 3 GOATS AND SURRENDER YOUR WILL TO THE ALMIGHTY JEHOVAH!!!!” It doesn’t hurt anyone to let them band together for the day, that they might shout their prayers a little louder in hopes that the lord is actually listening today.

    The “In God We Trust” motto is a bigger issue if you ask me.

  • Colin

    “It is a sad day in America when an atheist in Wisconsin,” he said, “can undermine this tradition for millions of others.”
    This isn’t important really, but what jumped out at me was the reference to Wisconsin.

    Is that relevant? Would the National Day of Prayer Task Force be happier if the atheist was from some other state?


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