Photos and cartoons from December 2017 issue

This photo ran on the cover of the December 2017 issue of Freethought Today, showing Freethought Hall in Madison, Wis., in a holiday card format.

This sign was spotted by FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert in the small town of Rosendale, Wis. If you see an unintentionally humorous church marquee, please take a photo and send it to [email protected] We may publish it in Freethought Today!
FFRF Lifetime Member Rolf Carlsten recently visited the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tenn., where the newly installed statue of Clarence Darrow stands. The courthouse was the site of the 1925 Scopes trial, where Darrow faced off with William Jennings Bryan over the teaching of evolution in a public school. FFRF commissioned sculptor Zenos Frudakis create the bronze statue to balance the statue of Bryan on the courthouse lawn.
Nonbelief Relief gave $2,500 to Atheists of Puerto Rico. Ricardo Santiago, left, stands with an unidentified freethinker among the many bags of food and water that were delivered directly to needy families. Santiago writes, “Thanks to your foundation and others, we were able to distribute food and water to an area in the countryside of Puerto Rico in much need of help after the hurricane.”

Standing outside the Everett McKinley Dirks Courthouse in Chicago are the FFRF (and ACLU) lawyers who were there for the oral arguments in FFRF’s case against the Concord High School live nativity pageant in Elkhart, Ind. Pictured, from left, are FFRF Legal Fellow Christopher Line, ACLU of Indiana’s Gavin Rose, FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne, FFRF Legal Fellow Colin McNamara and FFRF Associate Counsel Sam Grover.
This church marquee from the Bella Vista Baptist Church in Edgewater, Fla., made some jaws drop for its seemingly overt sexual connotation. Representatives of the church told WKMG in Orlando that the sign was “completely innocent” and was “intended as encouragement to forgive.” Church officials apologized for potentially offending anyone and the message was changed shortly thereafter.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor participated in a panel discussion about religion and politics at the French Embassy’s annual Festival Albertine in New York City on Nov. 4, held in the embassy’s Albertine Bookstore. This year’s event was curated by legendary feminists Gloria Steinem (pictured above, signing a copy of her book My Life on the Road for Annie Laurie) and Robin Morgan, an atheist and honorary director of FFRF. The festival took place over five days, including a panel with Planned Parenthood’s Cecile Richards. Annie Laurie’s panel was chaired by Clemence Bouloque, who teaches at Columbia. Other panelists were: Algerian-born feminist, writer and lawyer Wassyla Tamzali, French rabbi Delphine Horvilleur, and Daisy Khan, founder of WISE (Women’s Islamic Initiative for Spirituality and Equality). Annie Laurie thanks Gloria, Robin, the French Embassy and its staff, including Benedicte de Montlaur, for gracious hospitality, a scrumptious post-panel dinner, and for ensuring that a feminist atheist perspective was included. (By the way, Julianne Moore will star as Steinem in a feature film version of My Life on the Road.)