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.
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