Anne at the American Humanist Association Conference

Anne here … I’m at the American Humanist Association’s annual conference in San Diego today and through the weekend. Tomorrow is the United Coalition of Reason’s track on activism. I’ll be live-tweeting for anyone who is interested. Follow me @aramink or look for #ahacon13. [Read more...]

US Supreme Court Deals Blow to Defunders of Planned Parenthood

Anne here… No, that headline does not contain a typo. Planned Parenthood and its defenders have been warding off legislative blows in lawsuits all over the country in the last several years, and things have been especially nasty in the last couple of years. In 2011 Indiana passed a law preventing any Medicaid funds from going [Read More...]

Classroom Proselytising: It’s Not Just for Kids Anymore

Anne here… Ball State University is a publicly funded institution of higher learning in Muncie, Indiana. A possible violation of the separation of church and state has raised the eyebrows of students in a certain  science class, “The Boundaries of Science,” taught by physics and astronomy professor Eric Hedin.  The course fulfills a science requirement [Read More...]

Pseudoscience, Eugenie Scott, NCSE, and the Journal Nature

Anne here … The eminent science journal Nature devoted its May 15, 2013, editorial to applauding the work of the National Center for Science Education and its retiring director, Eugenie Scott. Critics of mainstream science frequently dispute evolution or climate change. Whatever their target, a common tactic is to challenge how well mainstream scientists accept these [Read More...]

Gage Pulliam: Oklahoma’s Defender of Separation of Church and State

Anne here … The Freedom From Religion Foundation does more than write letters and file lawsuits. Last Monday the Muldrow, Oklahoma public schools confirmed that it has permanently removed Ten Commandment plaques from all of its classrooms. Theocratic parents, of course, complain that after allowing the signs to stay up for twenty years, taking them [Read More...]

It’s Not OK to Pray at Public School Graduations

Anne here… Graduation seems to be one of those times during the school year when religion rears its head and wants to elbow its way into the public square, disseminating itself messily all over unwilling captive audiences. This year is no exception. The Freedom from Religion Foundation got involved in an Arkansas case recently, writing [Read More...]

Another High School Student Makes a Stand

Yesterday, another high school student sued her school for pushing religion on kids. She is remaining anonymous, but her 18-year-old friend Alexis Smith is not. Alexis recently graduated from the Northwest Rankin High School in Mississippi’s Rankin County School District. Since the student is a minor at 16, she has to sue through someone of [Read More...]

When Religious Freedom Isn’t Freedom

Last week, Gov. Sam Brownback of Kansas signed the Kansas Preservation of Religious Freedom Act, a bill designed to prohibit the government from interfering with any religious liberties. The Kansas law was drafted in the style of the 1993 federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). In 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court said RFRA could not be applied to [Read More...]

Kermit Gosnell – Baby Killer or Public Servant?

Because he was brought up today in a comment on an older post, let’s talk about Dr. Kermit Gosnell. Gosnell is the doctor currently on trial in Pennsylvania on murder charges (among others)  because of  practices at his abortion clinic. In January 2011, Gosnell charged with eight counts of murder resulting from gross medical malpractice in treatment of [Read More...]


It’s great to win without even having to threaten to file suit. That’s what The Freedom From Religion Foundation manages to do on a regular basis. All it takes is a complaint and a little proof, and FFRF will contact an offending government entity and ask, firmly but politely, that the religious material be removed [Read More...]