June 3, 2010

One of the Foundation’s most popular actions is to educate public figures that there are atheists in foxholes. Many FFRF members are veterans and currently serve in the military. Since the Foundation began in 1976, we have heard from many members that they were and are atheists (and agnostics and other skeptics) in foxholes. FFRF originally had members who were veterans of World War I! Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, an otherwise strong proponent of state/church separation, was the target… Read more

May 26, 2010

 Check out the Freedom From Religion Foundation's new page of literature for freethinkers in Spanish. Two entire books are available for free: Ruth Green's Born Again Skeptic's Guide to the Bible, translated by Juan Oliver, and my 1992 book Losing Faith in Faith, translated by Ángel Arnal Artigas. Some FFRF nontracts and other articles are available as well. ¡Arriba los librepensadores! Read more

May 20, 2010

Susanna Sharp-Schwacke posted this image on Facebook, saying: "The Holy Ghostbusters, Stephen, Dan, Richard and Neil…They ain't afraid of no Holy Ghost!" Read more

May 15, 2010

I’ve been in southern California all week for a number of events — six events total, plus a Fox News interview. After our National Day of Prayer victory on April 15, the Freedom From Religion Foundation staff has been deluged with requests from the media and from people wanting to join FFRF. In addition, Karma Bennett, the publicist for my book Godless at Ulysses Press (and managing editor for my next book), arranged for a number of PR interviews, and… Read more

May 4, 2010

In a recent blog, Mathew Staver, dean of Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University School of Law, called the Freedom From Religion Foundation “a paper tiger.”  Staver is also founder and director of the Liberty Counsel, a Christian legal organization that fights to defend “religious freedom.” He notes that FFRF has been in the news a lot (quite an accomplishment for a “paper tiger”) and claims this is because we are mounting a “war with Christianity.” It is true that the Freedom… Read more

May 3, 2010

Listen to Dan Barker on BBC Radio 4′s program Sunday Read more

April 22, 2010

Freethought on the Road Wednesday, April 21, 2010 Today I flew to Virginia to debate Mat Staver, dean of Liberty University School of Law and also the founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel. Liberty Law School, with about 275 students, is part of Jerry Falwell’s sprawling Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., surrounded by lush green hills. The debate was sponsored by the Federalist Society, a student group at Liberty Law School. Staver has represented the other side in a couple… Read more

April 20, 2010

Last Friday, the day after we heard we won our National Day of Prayer lawsuit, we got a call from CNN producer Lisa Sylvester asking to set up an interview about the issue for a segment they are working on to run some time before May 6, this year's National Day of Prayer. They wanted to tape on Monday (today), but Annie Laurie was being interviewed by the New York Times, and I was flying to Nashville to give a… Read more

April 18, 2010

First, a personal note. When our litigation attorney Rich Bolton phoned Thursday shortly before lunchtime to give us the happy news that FFRF had won our legal challenge of the National Day of Prayer, the office exploded in whoops. I had to put the phone down so we wouldn't deafen Rich. I realized I was jumping up and down as I passed on the news to staff. Katie, one of FFRF's executive assistants, actually did a little dance. This was… Read more

April 14, 2010

The New York Times recently invited former clerks to contribute some memories of their boss, outgoing Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. The charming recollection of Jeffrey L. Fisher, associate professor at Stanford, who clerked from 1998 to 1999, says so much about the modesty and civility of Stevens. Fisher recalled how an attorney arguing before the court for the first time kept referring, in her nervousness, to individual justices as "judges." After being corrected twice for her presumption by… Read more

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