Biden should abolish ‘faith-based office’

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President Biden signs an executive order on Feb. 15 that resurrects the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

The Biden Administration should abolish, not resurrect, the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, as it did with the Feb. 15 executive order.

FFRF was the most vociferous critic of President George W. Bush’s egregious action to establish a “faith-based initiative,” which has created so much bad precedent to entangle religion and government.

As FFRF noted at the time, 9/11 was “a faith-based initiative” — and so was the Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

Our lawsuit over the creation of a faith-based office in the White House and at the cabinet level went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. In Hein v. FFRF, issued in 2007, the high court in a 5-4 decision (following the resignation of Justice Sandra Day O’Connor), ruled that FFRF, Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor, President Emeritus Anne Gaylor, had no right to sue the executive branch for entangling state and church.

In fact, the ruling made clear that no citizen would have the right to sue the president for setting up a faith-based office in the White House.

The Supreme Court did not find the office constitutional, never ruling on the merits of the case.

That office is indeed unconstitutional, and it has been abused to reward churches that support political candidates, among other things. Christian organizations have been given high preference under previous administrations. Said one Bush official, “When I saw one of those non-Christian groups in the set [of grants] I was reviewing, I just stopped looking at them and gave them a zero. . . . A lot of us did.” Bush used the office to compensate his supporters — evangelical Christians. Former President Trump notoriously appointed televangelist Paula White to run the office.

When President Obama was elected, he watered down the office by renaming it the Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships. The Biden iteration is better than previous versions because the executive order technically recognizes secular aid organizations, the separation between state and church, and the existence of nonreligious Americans. The order says it is establishing the office “while preserving our fundamental constitutional commitments guaranteeing the equal protection of the laws and the free exercise of religion and forbidding the establishment of religion.”

The order states that the purpose of the office is “to assist in organizing more effective efforts to serve people in need across the country and around the world, in partnership with civil society, including faith-based and secular organizations.” But the order doesn’t create an Office of Neighborhood Partnerships to Serve People in Need, as it should. Instead, it wrongly singles out faith-based aid for special treatment, buying into the myth that most social services in our nation are religious in nature. But in this case as in so many others, churches get the credit . . . and taxpayers get the bill.

Biden has tapped Melissa Rogers, who ran the office during Obama’s second term, as its newest executive director. She is the former general counsel for the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty, which is generally pro-state/church separation and has supported FFRF in some cases. Josh Dickson, named deputy director of the faith-based office, helped with “Humanists for Biden” and co-authored a Brookings Institute report with E.J. Dionne entitled, “A Time to Heal, A Time to Build.”

Apparently taking its title from Ecclesiastes 3:3, the report recognizes nonbelievers, stating that “the proportion of Americans who do not identify with any religious tradition has skyrocketed, especially among the young, and these nonbelievers are an important” political constituency. Rogers and Dickson may appreciate the separation of state and church, but the office itself violates that principle. And the degree of the violation should not depend on who’s in the office.

National Day of Reason: Join FFRF, others in ‘Mayday For Humanity’

Mayday for Humanity

The Freedom From Religion Foundation and other secular and freethinking groups are asking you to celebrate National Day of Reason on May 6 by joining the Zoom entertainment extravaganza — “Mayday For Humanity.”

FFRF, along with members of the Secular Student Alliance, the Secular Coalition for America, the Freethought Society, and Recovering From Religion are sponsoring the event.

The three-hour program will begin at 7 p.m. EST, with comedians Leighann Lord and Ian Harris co-hosting. They will usher in an array of comedians, poets and performers, including Penn & Teller, Julia Sweeney, John de Lancie, John Davidson and Ann Druyan. (See below for full list.)

The National Day of Reason falls on the same date as the National Day of Prayer. But, as the religious community prays, the nontheist community will be taking action!

During the National Day of Reason’s “Mayday For Humanity” event, online donations will be collected to benefit homeless shelters and food banks selected by the event co-sponsors. All beneficiary organizations operate in a non-discriminatory and secular manner. The program will be interspersed with messages from co-sponsors, celebrity supporters and people who are conducting grassroots community service projects during the 2021 Secular Week of Action (April 30 – May 9).

An online auction will also take place with items donated by Zenos Frudakis, Ann Druyan, Curt Anderson, the Humanists Society of Santa Barbara and many others.

Register for the Zoom event at: bit.ly/Join4Humanity. Pre-event donations can be made at: bit.ly/MAYDAY4HUMANITY. You can also donate via text! Just text the code: “MAYDAY4HUMANITY” to 44-321.

Here is the list of performers and guest appearances:

Ty Barnett, Sandra Booker, Baba Brinkman, John Davidson, Ann Druyan, John Fugelsang, Victor Harris, Jon Huertas, Keith Lowell Jensen, John de Lancie, Hemant Mehta, Shelley Segal, Gary Stockdale, Penn & Teller, Jill Sobule, Julia Sweeney, Voices of Reason.

FFRF welcomes Life members

FFRF welcomes and thanks its 21 newest Lifetime, three After-Life and one Beyond After-Life members, and those who have become Immortals.

Michael E. Meek is the newest Beyond After-Life member. Beyond After-Life is a the very generous membership category of $10,000.

Frank Bastian, Phil Carskaddan and Kenneth Krug are FFRF’s newest After-Life members. After-Life is a the highly generous membership category of $5,000.

The new $1,000 Lifetime members are Brad Baker, Al Crafts, Lewis M. Cutler, Timothy Douros, John Edelson, Larry Gerlach, Dante Cade Harootunian (a former FFRF legal fellow), Brian Kuehn, Caryla J. Larsen, Mark Mabie, Cassidy Maxson-Jones (gifted by Gerald “Jerry” Cummings), John Randolph Mecredy, Bo Savage, Amanda Schackart (gifted by Alap Patel), Marci Shaver, Larry Shelzi, Steve Sklar, William Stees, Lisa Tillingham, Eugene Zabokritski and Marc Zylberberg.

The new Immortals are Charles Burton, David H. Carroll, Amy Murphy-DeMeo, Martin Stern and Jim Zerwick (an FFRF Executive Board Member). The Immortals category is for those who have made provisions in their estate for FFRF.

States represented are Arizona, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Newly elected senator wrong on school prayer

This tweet from The Hill shows U.S. Sen Tommy Tuberville speaking to the Senate on March 1.

U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, who built a reputation for pushing religion onto public school football players,  repeated his Christian Nationalist talking points on the floor of the U.S. Senate on March 1.

As a coach, Tuberville was instrumental in spreading the harmful practice of scheduling Christian college football chaplains to push religion onto public school athletes. Tuberville played a prominent role in the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s comprehensive report, “Pray to Play,” exposing such abuses at the collegiate level. As the report pointed out, Tuberville is personally responsible for instituting unconstitutional chaplaincies at Ole Miss, Auburn, Texas Tech and Cincinnati.

Tuberville today declared from the floor, “We’ve got to start teaching our young people moral values again. That starts with putting God and prayer back in our schools.”

Tuberville then lamented that U.S. students are underperforming in reading, science and math compared to their counterparts abroad.

Tuberville is wrong twice over. First, private prayer was never taken out of U.S. public schools, except when illegally imposed on students as an official part of the school day. “So long as there are pop math quizzes, there will be prayer in public schools,” quips FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. In fact, at least half of public schools in the United States were not scheduling classroom or other school-imposed prayer at the time of the 1962 and 1963 Supreme Court decisions protecting student rights of conscience. Tuberville wants to inflict his brand of religious rituals on all public school students, as he demonstrated when he was a football coach.

Second, Tuberville is laughably wrong to say that more religion is the solution to low science scores. Religion has historically inhibited scientific progress, insisting that gaps in our scientific knowledge must be filled with dogma rather than by reason-based evidence. From the heliocentric model of the solar system to evolution, religion has always been there to condemn the quest for scientific truth and progress.

Religion is the typical justification of politicians like Tuberville who reject the science on vaccines, climate change and more. Tuberville should reflect on the fact that the countries that have outpaced the United States in terms of academics are, on a whole, much less religious.

FFRF rebukes FBI for promotion of religion

FFRF is admonishing the FBI for conducting Christian devotions and otherwise unconstitutionally promoting religion.

An FBI employee has informed FFRF about serious concerns regarding increased religious promotion within the bureau. The FBI reportedly has a chaplain offer a Christian invocation at FBI graduation ceremonies and allows religious figures into the VIP section during FBI Academy events. The complainant has also reported that last summer, an FBI supervisor (Assistant Director Renae McDermott) forwarded an email from the Academy chaplain to all employees reminding them “that there is a divine power in charge of all things. You are all very much appreciated and I have been praying for you and your loved ones each week. . . . I have restocked the chapel with bibles, MP3 sticks and tracts for all.”

Scheduling prayers at FBI events such as Academy graduation ceremonies is unconstitutional and a violation of rights of conscience, FFRF informs the FBI.

“It is a fundamental constitutional principle that publicly funded institutions cannot support, promote or otherwise endorse religion or engage in religious exercises,” FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line writes to McDermott. “Therefore, it is inappropriate for a public institution such as the FBI Academy to schedule an invocation as part of a secular graduation ceremony.”

Furthermore, FFRF adds, a call to FBI agents, their families and friends, and officers — who may be of varying faiths or no faith — for collective prayer is coercive, embarrassing and beyond the scope of a government training academy.

Prayers at FBI Academy events are especially coercive. Although the prayer may technically have been voluntary, agents would likely interpret a commanding officer’s suggestion to participate in the prayer as a command and would likely be unwilling to publicly dissent because of potential negative consequences on their new career.

FFRF has requested the FBI to abide by the Constitution and has put in a Freedom of Information Act request to ensure that the nation’s law-enforcement agency indeed does that.

FFRF rips abortion ban law in Arkansas

FFRF condemns Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson for signing into law a near-total abortion ban.

The law, scheduled to go into effect in late summer, would permit abortions only in rare cases to save the lives of pregnant women, with no exceptions for rape or incest.

Hutchinson claims that he is motivated by his “sincere and pro-life convictions.” These so-called “pro-life convictions” are undermining the lives and constitutional rights of women throughout Arkansas — and potentially the country.

State Sen. Jason Rapert, the bill’s sponsor, has equated abortion to slavery and described the abortion ban as though it were a religious tenet. In a tweet on Feb. 22, Rapert described abortion as a “crime against humanity” while sharing the Republican Party of Arkansas’ 2020 platform.

Notably, two principles on the platform are “the power of faith in God Almighty” and “the sanctity of life.” Make no mistake: This anti-abortion law is about imposing religion on a secular nation at the expense of women’s health. And it clearly violates the rights spelled out in Roe v. Wade.

That long-established decision ruled that it is unconstitutional to impose a pre-viability abortion ban, which is around 24-26 weeks of gestation. Hutchinson has openly stated that the goal is to bring it to the Supreme Court in the hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade. Other states, including South Carolina, have recently passed anti-abortion bills that they, too, hope will lead to the repeal of Roe. The ultraconservative Supreme Court, whose balance has been tipped by the replacement of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Christian Nationalist Amy Coney Barrett, makes the future of Roe v. Wade uncertain as these religion-backed bills wend their way to the high court.

This egregious ban endangers the health of millions of women. Studies have shown that denying abortion care can lead to long-term health consequences and contributes to poor maternal health outcomes. In contrast, abortion is an extremely safe procedure and complications are rare, with no long-term consequences on a woman’s physical or mental health after an abortion. 

The Arkansas abortion ban has dangerous consequences for the women of this country. As a secular nation, we must stand up for science, bodily autonomy and the human right to health care — including abortion.

FFRF foe charged in Capitol attack

Eric Barber of Parkersburg, W.Va., is alleged to have participated in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

Christian Nationalist Eric Barber, a former member of the City Council in Parkersburg, W.Va., has been charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. FFRF, which is suing the Parkersburg City Council, had called in early January for an investigation of his role in the assault.

Barber was charged March 3 with entering a restricted building, disorderly conduct and theft, and was released on a $10,000 unsecured bond.

“If you were to be convicted of any of these charges, you would be exposed to years in prison,” U.S. Magistrate Judge Dwane Tinsley told him during an initial hearing out of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Until recently, Barber was a member of the council that FFRF and local plaintiffs are suing over its practice of beginning governmental meetings with an unconstitutional recitation of the Lord’s Prayer, which derives from the New Testament.

Due to his aggressive conduct, FFRF had singled Barber out in reporting on developments in our litigation: “At least one member of the City Council has been openly hostile to nonparticipants,” the lawsuit charges.

“Councilman Eric Barber glared at attendees who sat during the prayer at a meeting. At the end of that prayer, Barber positioned himself near his microphone, pressed the button, and shouted, ‘Amen.’” FFRF had highlighted video of his behavior at one of the council meetings.

Barber’s behavior at the City Council meetings seems to have been true to type. Disturbing video footage shows Barber in a military-style helmet during the attacks.

Another Christian Nationalist in West Virginia who seems to be involved in the insurrection is state Sen. Mike Azinger, who has been open about his attendance and wish that Trump will call protesters back to D.C. FFRF had condemned a school bible bill that Azinger sponsored in the state Senate.

“We know from personal experience that Christian Nationalists at all levels of our government pose a grave threat to individual liberties and our secular form of government,” comments Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. “Now we see just how dangerous some of these Christian Nationalists really are.”

The FBI had received several tips identifying Barber’s presence at the Capitol. CCTV footage from U.S. Capitol Police shows Barber moving through the Capitol, taking selfie photographs in the rotunda and searching through C-SPAN equipment at a media station in Statuary Hall, where he allegedly unplugged a portable power station and stole it.

FFRF Victories (April 2021)

By Bailey Nachreiner-Mackesey

Religious signatures no longer part of emails

An issue of religious promotion by a teacher and coach has been corrected in the Brighton 27J School District in Colorado.

A district community member alerted FFRF that a biology teacher and coach at Brighton High School was sending emails from his official district account with a religious signature line. One email included the message: “‘Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not stray from it.’ Proverbs 22:6.”

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to Superintendent Chris Fiedler, asking him to ensure that religious email signatures are removed so as not to create the impression of school endorsement of religion.

FFRF was assured by the Board of Education that the school principal would address the issue with the teacher.

Football coach won’t proselytize in Montana

In Montana, reports of ongoing proselytizing in the Great Falls Public Schools football program have been addressed by district leadership.

FFRF was informed that the head coach of the Charles M. Russell High School football team had been promoting religion to his players and the public at large through official district communication channels. The coach had been praying with his players and the team’s official Instagram account was regularly posting religious content. One post, which selected “Mary, Mother of God” as the “Beast of the Day” read:

“Mary, mother of Jesus, was a willing servant who trusted God and obeyed His call. While her life held great honor, her calling also required great suffering. Though there was joy in motherhood, there was great pain in the privilege of being the mother of the Messiah. Despite these things, she responded to God with great obedience and submission to his plan.”

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to Superintendent Thomas Moore, alerting him to this impermissible behavior and urging the district to take corrective action.

Moore informed FFRF in an email response that the issues were addressed with the coach and the religious posts have been permanently removed from the team’s social media page.

Michigan coach won’t pray with students

A public school basketball coach in Michigan has been asked to stop praying with his team after FFRF contacted his school district.

A district parent informed FFRF that a Wyandot Middle School basketball coach had been leading his students in prayer before basketball games. According to the parent, the coach would have the players gather in a circle, make them hold hands and then say a prayer. When he finished saying his prayer, he would ask any of the players if they wanted to say a prayer.

FFRF Legal Fellow Dante CH Harootunian sent a letter to Chippewa Valley Schools Superintendent Ronald Roberts urging the district to stop any and all prayers occurring within any school athletic programs.

“Public school coaches must refrain not only from leading prayers themselves, but also from participating in students’ prayers,” Harootunian wrote. “It is unconstitutional for public school employees to participate in the religious activities of their students.”

Assistant Superintendent Adam Blanchard sent a letter of response indicating that the district took this issue seriously and that it has taken steps to ensure coaches are not endorsing or joining in on prayer.

The coach, the district wrote, “has been informed that his involvement in this type of religious activity cannot occur during school or a school event.”

Chicago police won’t join in religious event

The Chicago Police Department has acknowledged its obligation to remain neutral on religious matters.

A local resident informed FFRF that three uniformed police officers on horseback attended the annual Feast of St. Francis Assisi pet blessing service. During the public outdoor service, Pastor Amity Carrubba of Grace Place Episcopal Church recited a Christian prayer and blessed more than 60 pets, including three police horses.

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to Superintendent David Brown, urging the department and its officers to refrain from participating in religious events and avoiding endorsing religion when acting in their official government capacity.

Brown wrote in a response letter to FFRF that the department will “review [its] policies and procedures in an effort to maintain government neutrality and protect the constitutional principles of separation between church and state.”

Religious tweet removed from school’s account

In Missouri, a religious social media post has been removed from the Weaubleau High School Softball Team’s official page.

The team’s official Twitter account posted Christian scripture that read, “With God there is no limit to what YOU can do. There is no obstacle you can’t overcome, through him ALL things are possible! . . . We give God glory for another day to play! #TIGERSTRONG.”

FFRF Legal Fellow Joseph McDonald wrote to Superintendent Eric Wilkenm, urging the district to refrain from posting religious messages to official district social media pages as it constitutes an impermissible government endorsement of religion.

Wilken informed FFRF via email that the post has been removed.

FFRF gets N.C. city to nix deal with church

The city of Asheville, N.C., has revoked a proposal to embark on a development deal with a local church.

FFRF was alerted to a proposal under consideration by the Asheville City Council that would have established a partnership between the city and Haywood Street Congregation to build affordable housing.

As part of the deal, through a “separate” nonprofit, the church would have received $1.45 million worth of land for $1 and $1 million in additional funding from the city to develop the land into affordable housing. One of FFRF’s complainants stated that when the Housing and Development Committee considered this proposal last year, Vice Mayor Sheneika Smith noted that she was a woman of faith and that is why she voted to approve this land transfer.

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line submitted a public records request to the city and asked for assurances that any deal between the city and Haywood Street Congregation/Haywood Street Community Development would include provisions ensuring that this project would not enrich the church at the expense of Asheville and that the property would not be used for religious purposes.

According to local reporting, the city has pulled the proposal to sell the land to the church.

Sheriff’s religious post on Facebook removed

The Elk County Sheriff’s Office has removed a problematic social media post promoting religion in Ridgway, Pa.

A local resident alerted FFRF that Sheriff Todd Caltagarone posted what amounted to a sermon on Facebook, decrying measures aimed at curbing the pandemic, such as limits on in-person gatherings, as an assault on freedom to worship, and advancing his personal religious belief that the bible says his constituents should sing and praise God in church.

FFRF Staff Attorney Maddy Ziegler wrote to Caltagarone to alert the sheriff to the impermissibility of promoting religion on the department’s official social media page. FFRF asked the sheriff’s office to remove the post, refrain from promoting or posting religious messages on social media, and enforce the laws officers swore to uphold, including laws that will reduce the spread of Covid-19.

FFRF was informed that the Facebook post has been taken down.

Tenn. school district to reassess prayers

A Tennessee district has addressed multiple incidents of school-endorsed prayer in Lexington.

FFRF was informed that a student, with several staff members standing behind him with bowed head, led the audience in a Christian prayer at last year’s Henderson County School District graduation ceremony, which concluded with “and we thank You for sending Your son down to this Earth to die on the cross for our sins. In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.” Additionally, FFRF was made aware that a district band instructor led students in prayer at a recent football game.

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to Director of Schools Steve Wilkinson to inform the district that both these instances of school prayer were constitutionally impermissible as they amounted to government endorsement of religion.

The district’s attorney informed FFRF in a letter of response that the superintendent agreed to “address issues with faculty concerning prayer in school and the violation of the Establishment Clause of the Constitution” at the next staff meeting.

Religious sign removed from Texas polling place

A religious sign has been taken down from a polling place in Wichita Falls, Texas. FFRF was informed that during early voting for the 2020 election, a County Commissioner building being used as a polling site displayed a sign that read “PRAY FOR PEACE 1 Thess. 3:16.”

FFRF Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler wrote to County Clerk Lori Bohannon, asking the county to take action to prevent its facilities, particularly polling places, from displaying religious messages or iconography.

Bohannon notified FFRF via email that the office would be removing the sign.

FFRF humbles Texas school district

Humble Independent School District in Texas has conducted extensive First Amendment training with staff after complaints of a state/church violation from FFRF.

An area resident alerted FFRF that a local religious group called Covenant on Campus Team was granted access to the classrooms in Park Lakes Elementary School to leave messages on the students’ desks. The group was also reportedly allowed to pray over every student’s desk, regardless of the students’ religious affiliation or lack thereof.

FFRF Legal Fellow Brendan Johnson wrote to the district’s attorney, asking the district to refrain from allowing religious groups privileged access to public schools and spaces occupied by students.

The district’s legal representation informed FFRF in a letter of response that she has reviewed the standards for community groups at school with district leadership. Additionally, Humble ISD has conducted a detailed First Amendment training over the summer with all campus principals and assistant principals, as well as representatives from central office leadership and Human Resources.

Poll site will no longer have religious images

The city of Roanoke, Va., has taken action to address the placement of religious iconography at a polling location during the November 2020 election.

FFRF was informed that during the election, a Roanoke polling place, Christ Lutheran Church, displayed a large portrait of Jesus above the ballot bin. FFRF Staff Attorney Madeline Ziegler wrote to City Clerk Cecelia McCoy alerting the city to this problematic infringement on free and fair voting.

Director of Elections and General Registrar J. Andrew Cochran assured FFRF in a letter of response that the city will take action to rectify this. “While there was no ulterior motive in the placement of the ballot bin, it is the impact to the voter that we are focused on in this case,” Cochran writes. “I can assure you all Officers of Election will be trained on the learnings from this concern.”

Church ad taken down in Georgia school district

A church advertisement has been removed from Cobb County School District property in Mariette, Ga.

FFRF was informed that Kennesaw Elementary School, which rents out space on Sundays to HighPoint Church, was permanently displaying two canvas advertisements for the church on the school’s fence.

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to the district’s attorney requesting that the religious display be removed from school grounds any time the property is not being rented by the church.

The district’s attorney sent a letter of reply alerting FFRF that the district “has confirmed that the referenced signage is no longer on display.”

Sheriff’s office removes religious Facebook post

The Pacific County Sheriff’s Department in South Bend, Wash., has taken action to correct religious promotion on its social media page.

Last fall, the sheriff’s office posted a Thanksgiving message on its official Facebook page, which included a photo of a Latin cross with the message, “Blessings” across it.

FFRF Staff Attorney Chris Line wrote to Sheriff Robin Souvenir illustrating the constitutional and ethical issues which arise when the sheriff department endorses Christianity on an official website.

Souvenir assured FFRF that the post has been removed and has committed to the department being more diligent in the future to ensure it does not promote religion.

Crankmail (April 2021)

Here’s your April version of emails, letters and social media comments FFRF receives from its, shall we say, critics. Published as received.

This months JOKE tv show!!: SECULAR JEWS!!! OK, YOU WANT FREEDOM FROM RELIGION. WHAT A GROSS BUNCH OF SCUMBAG LYING SCOUNDRELS!!!!!! YOUR MAIN ALLIANCE IS WITH “SECULAR”!?!?!?!? WHAT A JOKE. CHANGE WILL COME AND YOU SCUM LIARS CAN GO WITH YOUR “SECULAR” BED MATES. WHAT SCUM!!!!!!!!!! — Elliot Raj

Stop Praying: If you do not want people praying at Osceola County School Board meetings then you are what is wrong with this country! — Jackson Treadle

Evidence: like there is no God isnt evidence based at all and cant ever be disproved. There is no God and everything created itself please that defies the Laws of science the laws of thermodynamics evolution atheism a pipe dream a fantasy for grown is who dont want the truth because they want wickedness. Theres people smarter than these clowns who have literally tried to disprove scriptures and ended up receiving Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour. Jesus died for our sins was buried and rose again the third day FACT. The leaders hated him yet they never found even a nail of his but an empty tomb. — Christopher Rathmann

Our rights: You have the freedom to be in our Wonderful Country. We Do To. We Don’t tell you what to believe in and you have no right to tell us what we can do here in our country. If you don’t bwant God to be in your life that’s fine He doesn’t make you do that either. You Don’t have any Right to change our rights. You do your thing and we’ll do ours. If you don’t want to pray during a game or what ever your at that prays that’s find but Don’t push your stuff on us. I am so sick of you people coming in and pushing your ways on us. You Choose to Not Believe. Satan Believes in God and he trembles. Your choice. Don’t bow your head. — Linda Rentmeester

Abortion: You should not mislead people about what god says about abortion. Exodus 21 clearly says life for life. A baby can survive if born as early as 21 weeks. You better do a few more bible studies.
Dennis Harder

Godless: there is no good in a godless society. in a godless world there is no moral laws.  you are only proving how dumb you  god rejecting people are. you godless people have no moral foundation. ffrf is lying in their book. they promote the religion and cult of atheism. godless world view there is no such thing as good. there is no morality in a godless world view. humanist is purely a satanic religious cult just like atheism is,. — Dean Festiger

FFRF: This organization needs to close! Our foundation as a country is based on Christ and the recognition that we are all under GOD! I pray that you change your ways and he forgives you all from the terror that you breed. God have mercy for your souls. You’re the problem not the solution ! — Scot Dontang

Biting my tongue: I am a Christian…that said I have some decidedly un-Christian things to say to you regarding your recent threats of a lawsuit. I do hope that you see the irony in bullying people for what they believe, as that seems to be the sole purpose for your organizations existence, yet, you can’t just sit idly by and tolerate (another keyword you hobgoblins like so much but don’t understand fully) that you are not the majority. I’m not going to shout or even espouse hellfire & damnation as that would only fuel your hatred for every human being other that the infinitesimally small minority..  Quinn Perkolast

Go away!: You are a bunch of atheist who get offended by religious people is absolutely hysterical. It sounds like you are all nothing but a bunch of lawyers trying to find ways to sue people and make money. As the saying goes.., the only good lawyer is a dead lawyer! Now stop bothering people you fucking assholes! When the time does come you will get what is coming to you! — John Ably

Photos, cartoons (April 2021)