Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)


Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is a national association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics) that has been working since 1978 to keep church and state separate.

Location: Madison
Members: 704
Latest Activity: May 8

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Annie Laurie Gaylor Addresses NOFS "Freethought Fiesta"

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 22, 2016. 6 Replies

This past April, the Northern Ohio Freethought Society sponsored a "Freethought Fiesta," which among other things featured some terrific Mexican cooking for attendees and a talk by Freedom From…Continue

Tags: Annie Laurie Gaylor, Northern Ohio Freethought Society, Freedom From Religion Foundation

Human soul

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I've heard many so called atheists refer to the "soul" as if it actually existed.  My question is:  If you believe humans have a soul are you really an atheist? Continue

Be it enacted by citizens of United States of America, three citizens be designated as true patriots

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Lemual Poot Jun 6, 2015. 6 Replies

Whereas, Olivia McConnell, Eight-year-old, wrote her South Carolina state representatives; and Whereas, Olivia provided a legitimate reason to suggest this legislation:1. One of the first discoveries…Continue

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Comment by Ian David Marsden on October 24, 2011 at 6:13am
Comment by Toni Clark on October 24, 2011 at 5:27am

sk8eycat et al -- Re FFRF conventions: The next is in Portland, but they're looking at L.A. for 2014. 2013 will be in Madison. I just returned from FFRF in Hartford, CT. Attendance was down a bit (around 400). Annie-Laurie said they don't do as well on the east coast. Of course the convention was a blast (featured speakers included Rebecca Goldstein, Steven  Pinker, and Jerry Coyne. And yes, the best part is being with such a large group of people who think the same way. BTW, I learned about Jerry Coyne's blog, which I've been enjoying since:

Comment by Ian David Marsden on October 24, 2011 at 4:21am
Love the quizzes on your site. I send those links in my reply each time I receive nonsensical religious e-mails.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on September 27, 2011 at 10:22am
Your newsletter rocks.
3pgs of black collar crime! insane.
Comment by sk8eycat on September 20, 2011 at 2:35pm

I sorta cruise around in the Nexus. 

I've been a member of FFRF for a few years, but I've never been to a convention.  They alternate locations, Midwest, East Coast, West Coast.  The last one out here was in Seattle in 2009, and I was making serious plans to go (I love the Pacific Northwest! Beautiful!), when I had to have spinal surgery, and the co-pays after Medicareless paid its "share," wiped me out.

Next year's convention is going to be in Portland, OR, and I'm thinking about it...again.  I just want to get on the Coast Starlight and ride.  Srsly.

Comment by alexa penzner on September 20, 2011 at 10:47am

hi E - (hope i remembered right)

 i keep bumping into you :]

Comment by sk8eycat on September 17, 2011 at 6:25pm

It really isn't the "name" speakers, or other attractions, that make me long to go to a smaller's the friendship, and meeting new people.

I used to go to the smaller SF cons, and just enjoyed staying in a hotel for a few days and shmoozing with people with similar interests.

Comment by Trevor Nelson on September 17, 2011 at 1:12pm

I was at the AAI convention in Burbank back in October of '09. That was an amazing event. I know Fargo, ND, can't come close to offering the speakers or the options that exist in the L.A. area - but we do have non-toxic air here, so... Trade-offs, right? But we need to spread the good news of logic and reason here in the midwest far more than LA. You guys have already evolved beyond the back-water religious bumpkinism of the bible belt. Truly jealous of that.

Good luck stirring things up, sk8eycat! If we can make it happen here, I KNOW you can make it happen there.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 17, 2011 at 12:23pm

*sigh*  I love conventions, but am (currently) unable to travel.  So, for my own selfish reasons, I've been trying to interest FFRF in holding their next West Coast convention right here in Beautiful Downtown Burbank...we have the hotels, an airport (I'd rather travel via Amtrak, but that's my problem), studios and show tapings to visit...  And speakers we could recruit through CFI-West over the hill in Hollywood.

About 10 years ago there was a small freethought conference here, and one of the highlights was the Mikkelsons, the couple who run  Brilliant and very, very funny.

But so far, no luck.

Anybody wanna help me stir things up?

Comment by Trevor Nelson on September 17, 2011 at 11:55am
For everyone who loves conventions: I'm telling everyone I can about the freethinkers convention in Fargo, ND, Sept. 24-25. It's gonna be a blast and I would hate for anyone to miss out because they didn't know! Last yea, Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor both spoke at it. This year they have atheistnexus' own Brother Richard and Michael Shermer. Check it out at Thanks :)

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