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Going forth after the Fourth of July

It was a shortish week here at FFRF, with the July Fourth holiday kicking things off, but we packed a lot into the other four days to keep fighting for our (and your!) constitutional rights!

I’m secular and I . . . write letters to the editor
Several FFRF members wrote letters to the editor this week as part of FFRF’s “I’m secular and I vote” campaign, helping to spread the word that there are many more of us nonreligious Americans than people realize and that we will fight for state/church separation.

“This Independence Day marks a sad step backward for our secular nation,” write FFRF members Lewis and Linda Foerster in the Seattle Times. “Recent Supreme Court rulings have eroded the wall of separation between church and state that our founders constructed.”

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Biden and Blinken’s nod to nonreligious freedom
FFRF has thanked President Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a letter for ensuring religious freedom for everyone, “including the freedom to dissent from religious belief and not to practice or adhere to a religion.”

Fifteen members of Congress had absurdly claimed that the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor is using funds “to promote atheism worldwide” and “to promote radical, progressive orthodoxy across the world.”

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Dismantle abortion disinformation
FFRF Contributing Writer Barbara Alvarez writes this week on FFRF’s blog that “abortion disinformation is not only inaccurate, but a threat to public health.”

“Content with false claims about the dangers of medication abortion and promotion of the abortion reversal pill, which is not rooted in evidence-based science, are two of the most prevalent themes,” she states.

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‘Ask An Atheist’ about bodily autonomy
On this week’s episode of FFRF’s Facebook Live feature “Ask an Atheist,” Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor and Attorney Liz Cavell discuss the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent radical decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, which has overturned Roe v.  Wade and has obliterated the constitutional right to bodily autonomy.

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FFRF tells Florida to change Christian nationalist language
FFRF is demanding that the Florida Department of Education remove from the state’s recently implemented civics standards miseducation about the Founders and Framers. Florida parents, and many teachers, have raised concerns that children will be indoctrinated in Christian nationalism as part of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ new “Civil Literacy Excellence Initiative.”

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Speaking of Christian nationalism
This week on Freethought Radio, hosts and FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker describe some of the ways FFRF is fighting back against Christian nationalism. After hearing the sobering but optimistic song “In a Dark Time” (words by Philip Appleman, music by Dan Barker), we speak with Washington Post columnist Kate Cohen about her June 30 piece: “As the court forces Christianity on America, it’s time for atheists to speak out.”

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FFRF tells Tennessee schools to let go of Gideons
FFRF has demanded that Tennessee school districts end unconstitutional bible distributions occurring within multiple schools. It has written to 146 school districts in the state to educate them that such distributions are unconstitutional. It reminds the school districts that even when the distribution of religious material to students in school is done passively, from a table or some other fixed location, courts have ruled that such distribution may also be unconstitutional.

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FFRF Joke of the Week
Pope: There’s an image of Jesus in the margarine!
Dalai Lama: I can’t believe it’s not Buddha!

That’s it for this week, folks! And, as always, thanks for being a member of FFRF!

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