Support the Freedom From Religion Foundation

With a new president about to take office in the United States, one who has made it very clear, through his nominations to his cabinet, that he doesn’t take separation of church and state serious, it is more important than ever to support organizations that fight for your first amendment rights.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) is one of those organizations.   I am pleading with you to support the FFRF, even if you can only give $5.  I wrote about the FFRF about a two years ago, and what I said then remains true today.  Posted below is a copy of that post.  I’ve contacted the FFRF once before, seeking help with a separation of church and state issue at a local school and they jumped in right away, offering amazing help, and ultimately solving the problem!  It is a fantastic organization that received a 4 out of 4 star rating by Charity Navigator!

If you’re not interesting in donating directly to the FFRF, consider making any future Amazon.com purchases through smile.amazon.com.  The FFRF is one of the supporting charities you can sign up for, meaning a portion of the proceeds from your purchase goes directly to the FFRF.

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I want to take a moment this wonderful Sunday to say a few words about the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF).  If you’re unfamiliar, the FFRF, as stated on their webpage, is a non-profit organization that works as an effective state/church watchdog and voice for freethought (atheism, agnosticism, skepticism).

I’ve had the pleasure of conversing with FFRF lawyers on two different occasions regarding what I felt were violations of church/state separation at local public institutions.  On one occasion, the FFRF lawyers wrote a letter to the offending institution and the matter was resolved.  The letter was very polite, very informative, and very detailed.  It was amazing the work FFRF put into this on my behalf.  On the second occasion the FFRF was sympathetic of my request, but was unable to move forward due to previous court cases setting an unfortunate precedent.  The FFRF was super polite and very detailed in their letter back to me citing specific court cases.  Although it saddens me to see this church/state separation continue, I feel better knowing the FFRF did what it could.

If you’re looking for a cause to donate to, the FFRF is a very worthy cause and all donations are tax deductible.  After the help they provided after my first email to them, I put in annual membership donation immediately.  It’s the least I could do.

Again, the FFRF is a great group of friendly, polite people, doing a great job protecting the rights of non-believers.  If you ever have a concern regarding church/state separation issues and are not sure what to do, please do not hesitate to contact them.  They want you to contact them.  I linked the FFRF site above, but a direct link to their report-a-violation page is:

Contact the FFRF

Atheists Voting for Trump??? Seriously???

It’s two days until the election in the U.S.  It’s hard to believe what has happened in this election, in particular the soap opera events we’ve seen from the Republicans, especially the Republican at the top of the ticket.  At this point, most Atheists I’ve come across are voting for Hillary Clinton and enthusiastically voting for Hillary Clinton.  Some, however, are voting Donald Trump.  Seriously?!?!  I have no idea how this is possible.  I can understand an Atheist voting for Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.  I disagree with that vote, but I can understand it.  Hillary Clinton comes with some baggage, most of it over exaggerated by the media, but I can still see why some might hesitate to vote for her.  But to vote for Trump?  Come on!  Here’s a guy who brags about sexual assault and misogyny.  Here’s a guy who wants churches to have the power of supporting political candidates.  Here’s a guy who has very little nice to say about anyone who is not white, male, and Christian.  Here’s a guy who once questioned non-Christians remaining in the presence of Christians during a town hall rally.  Here’s a guy who’s policies literally boil down to him shouting ‘great’ and ‘tremendous’ and ‘huge’.

This is the guy you want as president?  I can’t believe it and I will never understand an Atheist voting for Trump.  Again, although I disagree, I can understand a vote NOT

Atheists in Politics

We’re a little over a month away from this year’s election which got me thinking on Atheists running for office.  Unfortunately there are no out Atheists in the U.S. House or U.S. Senate as far as I’m aware.  There are a few out Atheists holding more local political offices.  One of the more famous is Ernie Chambers in the Nebraska state legislature.  He’s known for not dressing up during official legislative sessions and wearing a very basic T-shirt.  Another famous politician who is an out Atheist is Barney Frank, former member of the U.S. House from Massachusetts.  Although he was an out gay man while in office, he did not reveal he was an Atheist until after he left office in 2013.

I’m convinced the number of out Atheists running for statewide offices will increase in the future, but it’s likely a slow moving march.  Eventually it will be the norm to be an Atheist, but for now we have to encourage more people to be out in their Atheism and for those who are inclined, to run for political office.  Here’s a link to a list of Atheists who are running or were running for office this year.

Atheists Running for Office in 2016

I don’t have an updated list as to which may have won their primaries, but I do know that a few did indeed win their primaries and moved on to the general election in November.  Will any of them win the general election?  It’s hard to say, but each year there are more Atheists stepping forward and running for office.  This is great as it helps dispel the rumor that Atheists are evil, immoral people.  Just as with the LGBT community, the more Atheists that are out and known to others, the more others will know an Atheist and discover we are not evil, immoral people.  That will make it more acceptable for others to vote for Atheists in upcoming elections.