Friendly Atheist Podcast Episode 49: Jason Heap, Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason

Our latest podcast guest is Jason Heap, Executive Director of the United Coalition of Reason, an organization that has placed billboards promoting local atheist groups all over the country.

Jason is also trying to become the first Humanist chaplain in the United States Armed Forces.

I spoke with him about the strategy behind putting up non-aggressive billboards, how he left the evangelical Christian faith he was raised in, and why politicians are working so hard to prevent Humanists from becoming officially-recognized chaplains.

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In Downtown Chicago, a Catholic Group’s Easter Display Will Have Some Godless Company

If you visit Daley Plaza in downtown Chicago this weekend, be sure to check out these 8-foot banners promoting separation of church and state:



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FFRF Launches Ad Campaign Targeting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s Expanded School Voucher Program

Among Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker‘s litany of faults is his decision to support vouchers that would ultimately use taxpayer money to fund religious schools. Before his budget is approved by state legislators, the Freedom From Religion Foundation is launching an ad campaign warning people about the voucher problem specifically.

Walker’s proposal would lift the 1,000-student cap on statewide private school tuition vouchers, opening the floodgates for state funding of religious schools. In the recently expanded statewide voucher system, 100% of the state-funded schools are Christian, and 73% of students attend Roman Catholic schools. The state must end this pernicious experiment to siphon funds from our public schools to fund church-run, religiously-segregated schools.

There’s this billboard that will go up in downtown Madison later this month:

Then there are these commercials which will air during local (and national) news broadcasts beginning on Monday:

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“In Reason We Trust” Sign Stolen from Wisconsin State Capitol in Broad Daylight

When it comes to putting up displays in the Wisconsin State Capitol building in Madison, it’s pretty much a free-for-all, as long as you fill out the proper paperwork.

Since Easter is upon us, the Freedom From Religion Foundation put up a sign saying “In Reason We Trust” last month:

There was hardly any controversy over the sign… until this past Saturday. At 1:13p, three people stole the sign and the easel on which it was displayed:

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“Godless? Good” Ads Will Appear on Edmonton (Alberta) Buses for the Next Month

A new ad promoting atheism will run on ten buses in Edmonton over the next month:

The Society of Edmonton Atheists funded the campaign in order to draw more attention to the growing non-religious demographic in Canada:

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