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: 702
Latest Activity: Nov 10

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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

Started by Lemual Poot. Last reply by tom sarbeck Nov 3, 2016. 55 Replies

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 Patricia on February 21, 2018 at 1:50pm

Sounds odd for someone who would be used to public speaking......unless he's camera shy.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 21, 2018 at 7:45am

Several years ago, I watched live a debate with Dan Barker (topic: "Can you be good without God"). And, I have to agree a little with Spud. Dan's positions were good, but his presentations weren't so great, especially for a former preacher. No big deal.

Comment by Tim Otheus on February 15, 2018 at 4:21pm

I think Christopher Hitchens came closest to capturing the sense of Ingersoll which you can find some words of here:

or the passion of TH Huxley in his Letter to Kingsley here:

We have the superior product in the marketplace of ideas.  We simply have to make it more appealing

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 15, 2018 at 4:08pm

I thought of AronRa, but he's already very busy.

Comment by Tim Otheus on February 15, 2018 at 3:33pm

I think it's understandable to want to see those who speak for us and stand for our ideas and principles to really shine.  We could do so much more with greater resources.  Or if we had Christopher Hitchens back.  Or Robert Green Ingersoll.  We need to find their successors among us.  Many voices sing the best harmony.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 15, 2018 at 2:43pm

I agree they present good information.  Perhaps I am too critical.

Comment by Tim McElligott on February 15, 2018 at 9:21am

Idaho Spud, I think you are being overly critical in your criticism of the FFRF video. Unlike most of us, including me, who do little more than provide a pittance of financial assistance through membership, these people have chosen to actually participate and lead. Is the production quality top shelf? No. Are the ideas sound? Absolutely. I take some inspiration from the thought that these performances reflect me up there. If we all looked at these videos and thought, "See, I can do,that." then maybe a stronger collective voice would be emerge. 

Comment by Tim Otheus on February 15, 2018 at 8:44am

I watched that, Idaho Spud.  It did appear that some of it was a bit scripted but much of it was spontaneous and not unlike a lot of public access programming.  I thought there was a lot of good information that was presented too.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 14, 2018 at 11:31am

Here is one of the "Ask an Atheist" videos, which is what I've been watching in the past.  Dan Barker, the guy on the right looks very uncomfortable, and they all look uncomfortable, even the attorney, like I probably would.  

Dan and the woman often look like deer in headlights.

Often their speech is stilted, like children reading it off of a scrip.

It often appears they don't know what to do with their hands.

I just wish they would get people that are comfortable speaking in front of the camera, and are better speakers.  Not professional speakers, like politician, that spew rhetoric, just more comfortable, like they're comfortable with what they think, know, or believe.

Comment by Tim Otheus on February 14, 2018 at 8:32am

Can you give an example please?


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