Freethought RadioAuthor: Freedom From Religion Foundation
21 Oct 2017

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A weekly show by the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Slightly irreverent views, news, music and interviews.

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    A Matter of Choice

    Another victory! FFRF prevailed in its federal lawsuit against Texas governor Greg Abbott, who violated our free-speech rights when he ordered our Bill of Rights display removed from the state capitol. We dissect President Trump's remarks at the Values Voters Summit, and then challenge the nomination of theocrat Jeff Mateer to the Texas federal court. After hearing Dan's song "Freedom From Religion," we talk with Frances Kissling, former president of Catholics for Choice, about the Vatican's war against women.


  • Posted on 19 Oct 2017

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    Battling the Religious Right

    Housing Allowance Victory! Dan and Annie Laurie discuss the recent FFRF federal lawsuit, in which they were plaintiffs, declaring the IRS clergy housing allowance exclusion unconstitutional. Then they talk about the bad decision in Barker vs. Conroy that bars nonbelievers from opening Congress with a secular invocation. Winners of FFRF’s grad-student essay contest are announced. Then we hear an excerpt of Katha Pollitt’s speech about Trump and the religious right, delivered at FFRFs annual convention last month.


  • Posted on 12 Oct 2017

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    We Won’t Back Down

    We mourn the death of freethinking singer/songwriter Tom Petty (“music is my religion”) by playing “I Won’t Back Down,” appropriate for a week of state/church victories. Staff attorney Patrick Elliott tells us about last week’s federal decision declaring a Christian cross on the Lehigh County (PA) seal unconstitutional. Attorneys Sam Grover and Andrew Seidel compare the First Amendment with the Second Amendment as they are both being inappropriately “expanded” into absolute rights. Then we talk with David Williamson, president of FFRF’s chapter, the Central Florida Freethought Community, about our victory (in which he was lead plaintiff) declaring unconstitutional the exclusion of atheists from Brevard County council invocations.


  • Posted on 05 Oct 2017

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    Survival

    We memorialize the life and achievements of the late Barbara Blaine, founder of SNAP, survivor of priest abuse and advocate for other survivors. FFRF Director of Communications Amit Pal will talk about “Emancipation Day” for Saudi women. Special guest Marianne Arini will explain how she overcame a Christian fundamentalist education based on Bob Jones University workbooks. Today a nonbeliever, she teaches critical thinking skills. We give a musical nod to Sting, born in early October, a self-described agnostic.


  • Posted on 28 Sep 2017

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    Enlightenment Now

    FFRF’s 40th annual convention was a great success! Nonbelief Relief announces $100,000+ in charity to victims of hurricanes Harvey and Irma. We discuss FFRF’s amended complaint in our lawsuit challenging President Trump’s unconstitutional Executive Order that he claims now allows churches to engage in political activity. Then we hear from FFRF’s Honorary President Steven Pinker, the Harvard professor of psychology and prolific author, who gave FFRF his first speech and interview about his new book, Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism and Progress.


  • Posted on 21 Sep 2017

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