Three national network television comedy news programs and one national news show aired FFRF’s famous Ron Reagan ad several times.
FFRF’s iconic ad featuring Reagan’s famous line “Unabashed atheist . . . not afraid of burning in hell” made its debut on “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” on TBS. It also ran on “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Comedy Central and on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on CBS. The ad ran for two weeks on each of the shows beginning on Jan. 20.
It also aired on MSNBC’s “Rachel Maddow Show” beginning Feb. 1 through Feb. 11.
In the commercial, Reagan says:
“Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government. That’s why I’m asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”
Reagan’s signature line has spawned an interactive digital “billboard,” as well as an “unabashed” T-shirt, cap, a lapel pin and a new handcrafted mug.
“These ads over national networks are raising consciousness about the growing numbers of Americans, even the son of a conservative president, who are making known their dissent from religion,” says Dan Barker, FFRF co-president.
FFRF thanks Ron Reagan for his gracious endorsement, as well as FFRF members who contribute to FFRF’s advertising fund, which makes possible the advertisements and has significantly grown FFRF’s membership, now at over 33,500.