Profile on the FFRF

The New York Times has a profile on the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the atheist group that tackles all sorts of thorny issues related to Church / State separation in the US. This is beyond the standard front lines of atheism … this is big ball stuff that takes on the American government at all levels. If you’re reading about some religious day or custom ‘under attack’ from atheists, there’s a good chance these guys are responsible.  Here’s some of their accomplishments:

Over the years, the group has won a suit to stop Bible instruction in a Tennessee school district, overturned a Madison law ordering businesses to close for hours on Good Friday and stopped a Colorado public school from requiring students to do volunteer work at churches.

The group’s biggest victory to date came last week when Judge Barbara B. Crabb of Federal District Court ruled that the federal government could not enact a law in support of prayer any more than it could “encourage citizens to fast during the month of Ramadan, attend a synagogue, purify themselves in a sweat lodge or practice rune magic.” The law, signed by President Harry S. Truman in 1952, calls on the president to sign a proclamation annually in observance of a National Day of Prayer.

Of course, this is being called an attack on the ‘religious heritage’ of America. Funny how that line always seems to come up in relation to stupid laws and changes enacted in the 50s that never should have been made in the first place. Nothing pisses me off more than this ‘Christian nation’ bullshit and the attempt to claim the founding fathers were actually all about God getting up in America’s butt. For such a patriotic nation, a lot of Americans sure need some remedial history lessons.

Comments (5)

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    Anonymous

    Here is the petition from the FFRF website –

    Petition to End Unconstitutional
    National Day of Prayer

    OPPOSE THE NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER —
    GOD & GOVERNMENT A DANGEROUS MIX

    http://ffrf.org/legal/national-day-of-prayer-victory/stop-the-national-day-of-prayer-petition/

    Obama should be ashamed of himself for appealing this ruling.

  • avatar

    chocobar

    Obama probably is ashamed but unfortunately he has to bow down to religious pressure. This being an election year, he needs to tread very carefully to keep them happy, they make up to big of a voter base to piss off.

  • avatar

    alastair

    It seems stupidity has a massive amount of control. Its such a shame, we could do so much better.

  • avatar

    matt

    While it is certainly true that the founding fathers did not intend for the U.S. to have a christian government, roughly 70% of americans self-identify as christian. To that extent, we are a christian nation; and this is reflected in our knowledge (more accurately our lack of knowledge) of biology and cosmology.

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    J. N. Hudson

    “Nothing pisses me off more than this ‘Christian nation’ bullshit and the attempt to claim the founding fathers were actually all about God getting up in America’s butt.”

    Especially when there is direct evidence from many of the founders, in their own handwriting no less, that is not and never was their intentions.

    “For such a patriotic nation, a lot of Americans sure need some remedial history lessons.”

    Who needs to do something as boring and complicated as learning or studying history when you can just make up shit that conforms what you want to believe, regardless of whether or not it’s true is irrelavent so long as it agrees with your belief.

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