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

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

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