Joel Kersting of Minnesota writes: “Just be sure you wear your life jacket.”
Texas cartoon by Steve Benson
Texas abortion cartoon
Kabul / Texas cartoon
This full-page ad ran in the Sept. 12 New York Times.
Three grandnieces of Kenneth Proulx — (from left) Alyssa Piela, Samantha Ashley and Zia Brucaya — recently visited Freethought Hall. (Photo by Dan Barker)
Kavanaugh – Barrett cartoon
Garry Van Trease sent us this photo of a church marquee in Grand Prairie, Texas.
Thirty-five members (and one cute doggie!) of the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC), FFRF’s chapter in Florida, celebrated on Aug. 14 the placing of two billboards in the Orlando area. The billboards were up until at least mid-September. An FFRF operations grant helped cover some of the cost.
Lifetime Member Andrea Natalie of New York sent us this photo. “The staff bathrooms at my secular hospital are plastered with these signs,” Andrea writes. “Annoying as it is for administration to violate my civil rights by forcing Christianity on me, it’s also amusing to see Jesus equated to germs.”
This billboard by FFRF was up for a month in the Nashville area in September.
In this photo from Sept. 29, 1988, Dan Barker, who is now FFRF co-president, played his song “Just say NO to Religion” during a freethought concert and book fair on the University of Wisconsin campus. (Photo by Paul Gaylor)
FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert (center) and FFRF Associate Counsel Elizabeth Cavell (upper right) presented remotely to the Secular Student Alliance conference on May 16. The title was “On the Basis of Sex: Civil Rights after Bostock v. Clayton County.”
Markert and Cavell discussed the Bostock case, what it means for religious liberty (namely, religious exemptions to the Civil Rights Act), and how it impacts civil rights moving forward, particularly for transgender rights.
Nearly 120 people registered for the online session. You can view the presentation here: bit.ly/3vO8iyB.
Church/ state separation
Ron Reagan gets a last-minute touch-up prior to the re-shooting of the iconic ad he recorded for the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
FFRF Multimedia Director Bruce Johnson flew to Seattle to operate the camera and oversee the production crew. The ad is being updated largely to improve lighting, and features Ron, a former ballet dancer, seated on stage in an auditorium. It will retain most of the original text, including Ron’s humorous line, “Ron Reagan, unabashed atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”
The 30-second spot is scheduled to run four weeks in a row next February on CBS’ “60 Minutes.” That was FFRF’s original goal back in 2014, but the national network only this year has started accepting the advertisement. The ad, thanks to kind donors to FFRF’s advertising fund, runs as finances permit. In the first six months of 2021, it was the source cited by about half of new members about how they found out about FFRF. Thank you, Ron!
Non Sequitur cartoon
FFRF placed this message in June on a billboard outside Dickson, Tenn., thanks to local member Frank Stiver.
Another billboard in the area also says: “The Good News is . . . THERE IS NO GOD.” The slogans were suggested by Stiver, an octogenarian who generously paid to post them on behalf of FFRF. Both billboards are found on the I-40 outside of Dickson. One is a mile east of Highway 48 and the other a mile west of Highway 48.
Member Julie Tooth sent us this photo from a store in Lexington, Ky. “I just had to send this along after perusing a Habitat for Humanity ReStore that we do-nated a couch to,” she writes. “Further reductions needed! I hope you all get a chuckle from this. Thanks for all you do!”
FFRF Multimedia Producer Bruce Johnson took this photo while in Fredericksburg, Texas. He writes: “Let’s play ‘One of these things is not like the others.’”
Graham Sale cartoon
Boy Scouts cartoon
Don Addis cartoon
Black Collar cartoon
Black Collar cartoon
Chuck Collazzi of Arizona sent us this photo of this former church that is now the Prescott Center for the Arts Theater. It was initially the Sacred Heart Church, built beginning in 1891. In 1970, it was added to the National Registry of Historic Buildings. The stained glass interior circles above the audience area are part of the original church architecture, as are the metal walls and ceiling.
“Prescott is the heart of ‘God’s country,’ and it’s encouraging to see so many temples of ignorance bite the dust,” Chuck writes.
Kate Retzlaff of Milwaukee sent us this photo of the former First Church of Christ, Scientist (shown at left), which was built in 1907. In 1989, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The building is now Renaissance Place, an elegant venue on Milwaukee’s east side for weddings, parties, etc. When church attendance fell off, the church moved to the smaller building next door.
Dennis Middlebrooks of New York sent us this photo of the former South Congregational Church in Brooklyn, N.Y. “The church opened in 1857, when the neighborhood was overwhelmingly Protestant,” Dennis writes. “In later years, the area become mostly Irish, and then for most of the 20th century it was an Italian-American enclave. It is now an upscale gentrified community called Carroll Gardens. The church was converted to a residential condominium building back in the 1990s.”
The complex, consisting of a church, original chapel, ladies parlour and rectory, was landmarked by the Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1983 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.
Dan and Donna Barski of New York sent us these photos of the former Ascension Church, built in the 1800s in Tonawanda, N.Y. It is now The Old Chapel Antique and Artisan Market.
“It was the first time either of us entered a church in decades, and we found it to be a very enjoyable experience indeed, knowing that it has now been put to much better use as an antique shop and cafe!”
Pompeo and Unalienable Rights
Black Collar cartoon
Black Collar cartoon
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