April 12, 2010

The other day, I got this e-mail from friend and neighbor Matt Rothschild, editor of The Progressive: "I just came across this Mark Twain quote: 'They tell me that God is all powerful. He can do everything. Then I think of the miners down there in Penn working for a pittance in the dark. I think of the cruelties, oppressions, injustices everywhere and according to this, God is responsible for all of them. Why, I’d rather have Satan any day… Read more

April 9, 2010

While I made many enchanting discoveries while researching historic women freethinkers for my anthology, Women Without Superstition: No Gods – No Masters, none was more piquant, more startling for me, than the history of Ernestine L. Rose. Although I considered myself well-informed on the history of U.S. feminism, I had not encountered Rose — an atheist and America’s first canvasser for women’s rights. Yet in her day she was as famous as Gloria Steinem is in ours. Ernestine Siismondi Potowski was… Read more

April 9, 2010

An Associated Press article today reports that "tea party" rally organizers in Wausau, Wis., withdrew a speaking invitation to an Alabama attorney when it was learned that he believes slavery is ordained by God. John Eidsmoe speaks regularly to white supremacist groups. A video captured him speaking at a February celebration of Alabama’s secession from the union, during which he said Jefferson Davis understood the Constitution better than Abraham Lincoln. When these facts became public, tea party organizers quickly distanced… Read more

April 7, 2010

Most of us have access to high-speed Internet and e-mail, two of the most useful tools for today’s freethought cyberactivist. Members can almost instantaneously promote secularism and connect, communicate and efficiently organize with other freethinkers. Whatever your goals, there are numerous opportunities to promote freethought from the comfort of your own laptop, PC, iPhone or iPad. FFRF’s Web site is a convenient online destination for all your activist needs. At ffrf.org, you can check out the latest Action Alerts, connect… Read more

April 6, 2010

In loving memory of my baby brother, Jacob Michael Braasch (01/28/86 – 02/02/10) In an internet café in downtown Rabat in Morocco, a middle-aged, middle-class Muslim woman told me that her fondest wish would be to have all of the Arab nations rise up as one and slaughter every Jew on the planet. A young and brilliant male Chinese engineer and co-worker at a small high-tech firm in the San Fernando Valley in California told me that the Japanese are… Read more

April 5, 2010

The Roman Catholic hierarchy took full advantage of Friday’s grisly “holy day” and Easter Sunday to circle the wagons over its coverup of Catholic crimes against children. The Vatican continues to paint the Church as victim, not victimizer. Rev. Raniero Cantalamessa, in his Good Friday homily at St. Peters’ Basilica, had the gall to compare current accusations against the pope and the Catholic church to the “more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism” and the “collective violence” suffered by Jews. This turned… Read more

April 2, 2010

Cenk Uygar takes the appropriate tone, mocking the Vatican’s complete failure of a response. Lisa Miller tries to play the objective reporter” angle, where both sides must be right on something.Cenk follows through by showing there is nothing worthwhile in the Vatican’s refusal to take responsibility for covering up for pedophile priests. ” Cenk Uygar takes the appropriate tone, mocking the Vatican's complete failure of a response. Lisa Miller tries to play the "objective reporter" angle, where both sides must… Read more

April 1, 2010

If you have the dreaded feeling you are the only atheist in Auburn, Ala., or Casper, Wyo., or Wasilla, Alaska, think again! There are fellow FFRF'ers scattered all over the country, even in the bible belt and the "buckle of the bible belt." Village atheists or small-town agnostics need not suffer from social isolation, because today's technology puts freethinkers into quick contact with one another, near and far, reminding us that we are not alone. The members-only FFRF Forum, the… Read more

March 31, 2010

FFRF published the very first book, Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children, calling attention in 1988 to institutional child abuse and its cover-up by churches. “From God comes the courage not to be intimidated by petty gossip.” — Pope Benedict XVI’s Palm Sunday sermon, March 28, 2010 “Scandalous and disgraceful attacks [against the pope mark the start of a war] between the church and the world; between Satan and God.” — Antonio Riboldi, emeritus bishop of Acerra, Italy, March… Read more

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