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
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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

Atheism VS Islam

Started by Uzeal Eternal. Last reply by tom sarbeck Mar 28, 2015. 8 Replies

Atheist Guy together with Muslim Girl = Clash of the Titans.....who wins?Continue

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Comment by D R Hosie on December 15, 2013 at 12:48am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2013 at 12:47pm

Biblical scholar Robert M. Price is another individual who's "controversial" views about the bible, Jesus and the Gospels have been scoffed at, but in recent years his views and opinions are becoming more mainstream as arguments from Christian apologetics simply do not hold up to rational scrutiny or historical facts. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2013 at 12:19pm

There are several interesting ways to look for the answer as to whether religion is based on facts or fables. One is to do a reading of the gospels, side by side. They tell different stories with conflicting details. The earliest written bits of evidence were written more than 100 years after the stories of Jesus and were written from oral traditions. The really interesting thing to do is go after the ancient fable and compare them with scriptures, Old and New Testaments. The fun and exciting thing is to go to the sites with an archaeologist and writer to observe the reasons they research and write the ways they do. Gimbutas and Eisler receive tough criticism, some people call them wretched names, and diehards dispute them with as much venom as evidence.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2013 at 12:10pm

Thanks for the history lesson, Joan.  Very interesting. 

Comment by Sean Murphy on November 4, 2013 at 9:15am

Pandora's original version sounds a lot like the Virgin Mother of Mercy, Whose original name was Isis...

Comment by Terry Groff on November 3, 2013 at 3:10pm

How about a William Shatner day where everyone has to overact whatever they're saying.

"I... need to.... Go to the store.... to.... get.... milk"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2013 at 2:49pm
Or celebrate the pre-christian holiday that gave rise to xmas and easter,

When I was in Greece and Turkey with archeologist Marija Gimbutas and Riane Eisler, I learned that Pandora's Box was not full of bad things as in Greece's Golden Age, Pandora's jar contained water, food, resources the people needed. She was a benevolent goddess of hope to Neolithic peoples.

She was transformed into the bringer of misfortune by Greek mythology when it replaced the Mother Goddess in culture. Any of the books by Marija Gimbutas tell of the transformation from Mother Goddess to God.

The Story of Pandora (as told by Greek mythology)

I found further evidence in Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Gimbutas write about this in:
Language of the Goddess and other volumes

Riane Eisler has much to say about this in:
The Chalice and the Blade
and her other works

There are many authors who rebut Gimbutas' claims, but, hey, what else is new? She was a female, after all.
Comment by Chad Kreutzer on November 3, 2013 at 1:18pm

Or International Talk Like a Pirate Day or Towel Day. There's even a Darwin day. All these days are well and good and fun, but I feel we ought to be careful of self segregation. To borrow some language from the Christians: Yes, we do need to have fellowship amongst ourselves to help recharge and reaffrim. I do not deny this (why else would be a member of this community here?) but I also think that we need to be out there as salt in the world, lights on a hill. Rather than create our own "Nonchristmas" or "Evoleaster," why don't we ecourage the preexistent tendency to secularize the holidays we have? And claim our history and heritage for our own rather than abdicate it to the people of faith?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2013 at 1:18pm

Natalie, I am not aware of  "a Festivus for the rest of us". That is essentially what we do. My immediate family are mostly non-believers and we celebrate on the winter solstice. When the kids were little I had a cone we decorated with gifts from nature, leaves of all kinds, plant seed pods, old bird's nests fallen from a tree, moss, lichen, bird shells saved from the spring hatchings, stuff like that instead of a xmas tree. 

Now that my daughter, her children and grandchildren (my great-grandchildren!!!) live in the forest of NE Washington State, we have lots of treasures. I will be going there for Thanksgiving; we can start the quest.

Thanks Natalie! 

Comment by Natalie A Sera on November 3, 2013 at 12:49pm

Joan, isn't Festivus kind of becoming that? I'm not so sure about some of the "traditions", because it started off as a joke (Seinfeld?) but it's a start!


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