FFRF Plans to Run ‘Celebrate Our Godless Constitution’ Ad on July 4th

Every Independence Day since 2008, the Christian chain Hobby Lobby has run newspaper ads celebrating the “Christianity” of our Founding Fathers and how they supposedly wanted this to be a “Christian Nation.”

Here’s the ad from 2010 (PDF):

This year, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is taking a page from their book and running a counter-ad-campaign celebrating our “godless Constitution” and how our Founding Fathers actually supported separation of church and state. The ad also says “In Reason We Trust”:

FFRF is calling this the “single most expensive ad campaign in our history”:

As of today, FFRF’s ad is scheduled to run on July 4 in:

  • The New York Times
  • Arizona Republic
  • Seattle Times
  • Los Angeles Times
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Denver Post (and 5 area newspapers)
  • Columbus Dispatch
  • Albuquerque Times

Most of the ads are in black and white but a few will run in color, including in The New York Times. (It’s still possible some dailies above may refuse the paid ad but we’ve finalized placement.)

This is beyond billboards. This is an ad that’ll reach readers all across the country — especially when the Religious Right and FOX News Channel feel the need to comment on it.

If you’d like to donate to FFRF’s advertising fund to support more ads like this, you can do so here.

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  • Beth

    If Christians cry because a store says “Happy Holidays” at Christmas time…if they say “Jesus is the reason for the season”
    Then atheists can get the secular 4th of July right?

    • David Hatch-Bernier

      Don’t be silly Beth, Christians only care about their rights, nobody else’s.

    • DougI

      What do you mean? Jesus and Ronald Reagan defeated the Communist British (they were wearing red) and established America as a Christian nation after kicking King Obama back to England.

  • EllieMay

    I really hope the Az Republic (my town’s paper) has the intestinal fortitude to publish this. Though we are a heavily Red state so they will probably kowtow to pressure from the religious right.

    • Graham Martin-Royle

      “Though we are a heavily Red state ”

      What!!! You mean to say you’re infested with commies? Who’lda thought.

      Sorry, couldn’t resist that :-)

      • Jim Jones

        Another thing Americans got wrong. In the UK, blue is for the right wing, red for the left.

        • http://www.MattConlon.com/ Matt Conlon

          Probably had to do with leaving the UK and doing everything opposite to distance themselves from them.

  • WallofSleep

    “This is an ad that’ll reach readers all across the country — especially
    when the Religious Right and FOX News Channel feel the need to comment on it
    .”

    Those fools are always down to give free publicity to atheist or secular causes. If I didn’t know any better, I’d say they’re all double-agents.

  • Richard Rigdon

    I haven’t bought a paper in years but will go out and get a Chicago Tribune on Independence Day just for the ad.

    • Martha L

      I will to if I can find it. I’m in MN so none of these papers are local for me.

    • allein

      I may be able to get a NY Times if I get up early enough…(which is, to be honest, unlikely, but I may swing by the bookstore anyway and see if they have any left)

  • DougI

    The fun will come in the following days when we get to see the fundies foaming at the mouth with their letters to the editor.

  • Heidi

    This is going to be awesome! I love it when facts and reason annihilate a field of lies and fables. So easily done when you spread the truth.

  • Drew M.

    Small correction: It’s the Albuquerque Journal.

    I’ll pick one up to see if the paper had the guts to run it.

  • C.L. Honeycutt

    I was going to take bets on the usual Fix Noise suspects and Dominionistic leaders claiming that the FFRF was quote mining these Founders… then realized that they probably won’t, because that would mean making their followers aware of what quote mining is.

  • Trike Pilot

    I hope the list meant Albuquerque Journal. I am not aware of an Albuquerque Times publication. I’m looking forward to seeing the reactions of a few relatives when that ad breaks.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    What? It looks like A.C. Grayling is one of the Founding Fathers.

  • fjpor

    I love the idea and hope that none of those papers declines to run the ad. Isn’t equality supposed to be the major part of a “news”paper anyhow? Lets see if they put their money where their mouth is.

  • EllieMay

    Happy to report Az Republic ran the ad. Woohoo!

  • cheryl

    Yeah for atheists rights. If you can, send them a few dollars to show support – I am.

  • MikeC

    One question: Where did the Universe come from? If you say from the “Big Bang” , I politely ask, “Where did that come from?” Could never get a good answer to this. Do you have one? In the meantime, have a good 4th of July!

    • http://gamesgirlsgods.blogspot.com/ Feminerd

      I do! I have an answer! The answer is “I don’t know”. We don’t know. There’s some interesting ideas out there, but nothing nearly firm enough to even call a theory. They’re more hypotheses right now.

      Why? Do you know where the Big Bang came from? I bet your astrophysics papers have been published all over. You should look forward to Nobel Prize in the next decade or so.

      Oh. You meant Goddidit. Never mind then. That’s a terrible answer designed to shut off inquiry and make sure we never know.


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