FFRF’s TV ad featuring an endorsement by Ron Reagan will appear on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” with Trevor Noah from Sept. 9 through Sept. 12, and again the following week, Sept. 16 through 19. “The Daily Show” airs at 11 p.m. Eastern.
The 30-second spot originally debuted on “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” back in May 2014, airing once per show. This is the first time the ad has run multiple times on “The Daily Show” or since Noah Trevor became the host.
FFRF tried to get the same ad to run during the Democratic debates, but was rejected by ABC, which is hosting the two-day debates on Sept. 12 and 13.
The ad has also been refused by national CBS, NBC and Discovery. FFRF then sought to run a previous commercial during the ABC-hosted debates, a 30-second spot featuring footage of candidate John F. Kennedy giving his famous speech to Houston ministers in 1960, in which he states, “I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.” This ad had run in the past on some national CBS programs.
“The public has no idea how often atheists and freethinkers and our views are censored in our nation,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. She noted that FFRF advertising has been routinely censored — not only by network TV, but by other media, recently including the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times. FFRF sought for three decades to place billboards, before finally persuading a company to accept its advertising in 2006. “Yet many of our messages are still refused,” Gaylor added.
The endorsement ad by Reagan plugs FFRF:
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 is an FFRF honorary director who received the Emperor Has No Clothes Award from FFRF in 2004 and gave an acceptance speech at the 2009 national convention in Seattle.