Judicial Doomsday clock, by Steve Benson
Gemma Dehnbostel of Florida sent us this photo from a chiropractic office. “Then why in the world would I spend money on a chiropractor?,” Gemma wondered.
Barbara Stark and Charles Gessert of the Lake Superior Freethinkers (LSF) volunteer at Second Harvest food bank in Duluth, Minn.
Members of the Lake Superior Freethinkers, a local chapter of FFRF, donated their time and $2,063 to the food bank. FFRF donated $1,000 and LSF added $1,063 in matching funds.
Helping at the event were LSF members Linda Crumpton, Don Fraser, Charles Gessert, Allen Loken, Tom Patten, Julius Salinas and Barbara Stark.
Doug and Deborah Hilpipre of Illinois stand near FFRF’s “In Science We Trust” billboard in Chicago at the intersection of Lincoln and Foster avenues in the Lincoln Square neighborhood. The Hilpipres were instrumental in getting the sign displayed.
Tom Cara, president of the Metropolitan Chicago Chapter of FFRF, says the billboard sign was scheduled only to be up through the end of February, but was still greeting pedestrians and drivers in early March.
FFRF Member Jerry Bloom, left, of Shelton, Conn., and John Levin erected the “Let Reason Prevail” banner on the Huntington Green in Shelton.
This FFRF banner in Warren, Mich., was stolen days after being erected near the intersection of Mound and Chicago roads. A complaint about the theft of the “Keep Saturn in Saturnalia” banner has been filed with local police.
FFRF thanks local FFRF Members Doug Marshall and Scott Elliott for making these displays possible
FFRF has a special fund (donors may choose Resurrection Fund in the designation dropdown at ffrf.org/donate), to replace “equal time” displays on public property.
A “Celebrate the Solstice” banner waves across 8th Ave. in downtown Eugene, Ore., thanks to the work of FFRF Member Charles H. Jones.
The Bill of Rights nativity display was up outside the Glenview, Ill., Village Hall. It is situated in the middle between a lighted, rolled-steel creche decoration with a “Keep Christ in Christmas” banner erected by a Knights of Columbus group, and a menorah put up by a Chabad group,” Tom Cara said. Cara added that another Bill of Rights nativity display was up for the third year at Cook Memorial Park in Libertyville, Ill. It was put up by Steve Foulkes.
A Bill of Rights nativity display was set up by FFRF Member Will Meyer next to a Christian nativity scene on the grounds of the Grundy County Courthouse in Illinois.
In the Iowa Capitol, FFRF’s Bill of Rights nativity display marks its fourth consecutive year in the legislative heart of the Hawkeye state, thanks to the efforts of FFRF State Representative Paul Novak.
A sign beside the tongue-in-cheek Nativity reads: At this season of the Winter Solstice, Join us in honoring the Bill of Rights, adopted on Dec. 15, 1791, which reminds us that there can be no religious freedom without
the freedom to dissent.
Keep religion and government separate!
FFRF’s Bill of Rights nativity display went up in Ricalton Square in Maplewood, N.J., thanks to the efforts of Member Steve Merhson.
In Concord, N.H., (from left to right) Elaine Clow, Gary York, Jo Shields, Jack Shields (and Friday the dog, master of all he surveys) show off the Bill of Rights nativity display.
FFRF’s Bill of Rights nativity display was set up Dec. 1 at North Park School in Arlington Heights, Ill., for the ninth year. Tom Cara, president of the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter, writes, “We’ve had three different displays over the course of that time — the Winter Solstice ‘Let Reason Prevail’ banner (which was vandalized), our 5-foot lighted Dawkins scarlet ‘A’ sign and the Bill of Rights nativity cutout.”
Here is the photo for this month’s caption contest. To enter, please write a witty or humorous caption for this photo. Email your response to [email protected] by Nov. 25. The winner, chosen by FFRF staff, will receive an FFRF T-shirt! We will announce the winner and runners-up in the December issue. If you’ve taken any photos that you think would be good for this contest, send them to [email protected]
I want you (to join FFRF)
Members of FFRF’s East Tennessee Chapter gather (socially distanced, of course!) in front of the FFRF billboard on Route 62 on Oak Ridge, Tenn. The billboard was up for the first half of October. From left to right: Real Van Breda (and dog Bailey), Carl Ledendecker, Alistair Elliott and Eliot Specht.
Member Peter Ellis saw this church marquee and wrote, “While driving past our local Baptist Church in York, Maine, I noticed this sign and thought, ‘Well, at least they are being honest!’”
FFRF’s New York Times ad
Not Afraid of Burning in Hell
Member Marc Mary of Louisiana sent us this photo of a convenience store marquee. “Should I ask for an application?” he writes.
Black Collar cartoon 2
Black Collar cartoon
Amy Coney Barrett cartoon
Amy Coney Barrett cartoon
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Where do you ‘Freethought’?
At 9,500 feet above mid-Michigan in my little single engine airplane. Probably the safest place to think during the pandemic! (Yes, the autopilot is flying.)
Stop the spread!
FFRF’s 2021 wall calendar
Secular Day of the Dead
Holy Smoke cartoon
Steve Benson cartoon
Freethought of the Day
FFRF member Mark Monninger of California sent us this photo of his “NODIOS” license plate, which is Spanish for “no God.”
Where do you ‘Freethought’? At the Louvre in Paris. We went and returned just prior to the shutdown. I brought my Freethought Today with my husband and we had our picture taken at the museum.
Tobin Wirt and Robert King
This FFRF billboard has been placed in Denver, thanks to FFRF Member Monty C. Cleworth and FFRF’s Denver chapter.
Don Addis cartoon
Steve Benson cartoon
o enter this month’s contest, please write a witty or humorous caption for this photo (taken outside a gun shop in El Paso, Texas). Email your response to by Sept. 16. The winner, chosen by FFRF staff, will receive an FFRF T-shirt! We will announce the winner and runners-up in the October issue. If you’ve taken any photos that you think would be good for this contest, send them to [email protected] . [email protected]
A mask was put on this Bucky Badger statue on the University of Wisconsin campus, not far from the national office of the Freedom From Religion Foundation in Madison. (Photo by Chris Line)
Cartoon by Steve Benson
FFRF Member Hal Webre sent us this photo of a yard sign. He writes: “Laurie and I split time between sheltering-in-place at our home in northwest Florida and shelter-in-place at our second home in northeast Alabama. While in Alabama, we noticed these signs going up sporadically in residential neighborhoods. I really can’t say whether this means that God’s going to cure everyone who contracts COVID-19, or whether it means that God, himself, tested positive.”
When FFRF Member Jeff Albright saw this church marquee in Clarkston, Wash., he thought: “But what if I don’t want to?”
Let us prey
Parental discretion advised
Congratulations to Derek Mathias of California for winning the June/July caption contest. Derek wins an FFRF T-shirt.
The winning entry is: Pugnacious Pastor Pelc, the plastic pistol-packing priest, painlessly pelts pandemic-panicked parishioners with pure papal-pleasing precipitation, proving positively that pumped potable projectiles in public places is as preposterously pointless as pious prayer in pews.
Runners-up are: Well, so much for “. . . putting away childish things” (1 Cor.13:11). — Thomas Drolsum of Wisconsin
Let us spray. — A.F. Ortiz Jr. of Florida
The sacramental wine is now available to all communicants who caught the consecrated host delivered via slingshot. — Dana Diedrich of Idaho
If you’ve taken any photos that you think would be good for this contest, please email them to . [email protected]
Lifetime Members George and Julie Iddon catch up on their Freethought Today reading out in the Arizona desert while doing social distancing and a 14-day self-quarantine. “A couple we met out in the desert were very interested in FFRF and its work, so we gifted them a copy of Freethought Today and an annual membership,” the Iddons write. “Their permanent home is in Milwaukee and they were unaware FFRF was located in Madison. While in Arizona, we drove down to Oro Valley and met up with Diane and Steve Uhl, author of
Out of God’s Closet, and had an enjoyable lunch.”
Marcia Yeager sent us this photo of the former Calvary Baptist Church in Dover, Del., which is now home to AG-Industrial, an agriculture and construction equipment dealer.
This photo was given to us by Kate Retzlaff. It shows a former German Baptist church, which was built in 1872 in Milwaukee. It is now Captain Pabst’s Pilot House, a Milwaukee brewery and taproom. Brewery tours attracted about 10,000 people last year.
FFRF Member Gus Frederick sent us these photos of Angel’s Share Barrel House in Turner, Ore., a former church built in the 1890s. Gus writes: “Long vacant, it recently reopened with a bold new mission to serve this small Willamette Valley community southeast of Salem with excellent craft brews and ciders! Being a stop on the “Turner History Tour,” the deteriorating stained glass windows were replaced by local artists, with a community historical theme. ‘Angel’s Share’ refers to the small amount of brew that would naturally evaporate out of barrels as they sat and aged.”
Joseph Harrington sent us this photo of St. Michael’s Church in Baltimore, which was built in 1857 to serve German Catholic immigrants: “Closed in 2011, it reopened in January 2020 as the Ministry of Brewing.”
Dot Harrigan alerted us to this Dollar Tree retail store now housed in what used to be St. Catherine’s Church on Vine Street in Charlestown, Mass.