For nearly three years, I have been writing and speaking about abortion on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Comb through the articles that I’ve written and you’ll see an emphasis on facts. I cite research and statistics from medical and human rights organizations to explain why abortion is a secular issue. Abortion is […]
George W. Bush recently made an awful “witty” remark that’s gone viral: “The decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq. I mean — of Ukraine. Iraq, too.” This isn’t funny. And neither was the reason he gave in early 2003 to then-French President Jacques Chirac for justifying the […]
Here in Appalachia’s Bible Belt, lawmakers are attempting to have public school children study the bible — without fully realizing the implications.
A proposed bill to anoint the bible as the “official state book” in Tennessee is not only unconstitutional, it is also an affront to true religious freedom.
FFRF co-president Dan Barker, a former pastor, shows that the biblical God not only commands and condones rape. According to Jeremiah 13, he actually commits it himself.
It is very difficult to teach the bible objectively and critically, as the First Amendment would require. For instance, when the class comes to the four gospels that so few Americans can name, the only objective educated position is that Jesus was not born of a virgin, that this clear myth results from a mistranslation of the Hebrew word almah meaning “young girl,” not virgin. This was mistranslated into Greek as parthenos, “virgin,” even though there is a different Hebrew word for virgin.
Winning and challenging in the courts, debunking biblical and pseudo-constitutional arguments, and warning towns, states and universities to toe the constitutional line — it’s been a typical week for us at the Freedom From Religion Foundation.
As the unbelievable continues to happen in the United States of America — our federal government separating refugees at our south border from their children — it should come as no surprise to learn that the White House justifies its policy based on the bible.
American history consistently features preachers and politicians thumping the bible to rationalize atrocities. From the First Congress up through the Civil War, American politicians used the bible to justify slavery. Even before that, the Pilgrims justified the genocide of the Pequots on biblical grounds. The bible was used to argue for segregation as much, if not more, than it was used to argue against segregation. On Thursday, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders continued that long, shameful tradition. Both invoked the bible to defend the Trump administration’s new policy of separating children from their parents at the border.