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Billboard Honoring Darwin, Urging “Evolve Beyond Belief” Posted in Grand Junction, Colo.

Posted in FFRF by Skepdude on February 9, 2009

Feb. 9, 2009

The bicentennial of the birthdate of science great Charles Darwin this Thursday is being honored in Grand Junction, Colo., with a billboard placed by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, with help from its local members and Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers. The billboard just went up at 1713 U.S. Hwy 50 (facing south) early this week.

The year 2009 is also the 150th anniversary of the release of Origin of Species, Darwin’s seminal work on evolution.

The pleasing image reads: “Praise Darwin: Evolve Beyond Belief,” and employs a stained-glass window motif and features the iconic image of Charles Darwin, as well as the Foundation’s name and website, ffrf.org.

The Foundation, a national watchdog and the nation’s largest association of freethinkers (atheists and agnostics) has 13,600 members nationwide, and 400 members in Colorado.

The Foundation has also placed billboards “praising Darwin” this month in Dayton, Tenn., and Dover, Penn., homes of the most notorious classroom battles over the teaching of evolution.

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FFRF Sues Bush, Shirley Dobson and Gov. Doyle over National Day of Prayer Proclamations

Posted in FFRF by Skepdude on October 4, 2008

(MADISON, WIS.) The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a national state/church watchdog, filed a federal lawsuit today broadly challenging the federal law designating a National Day of Prayer and requiring a National Day of Prayer Proclamation by the President. In addition to suing Pres. George W. Bush, the lawsuit names his press secretary, Dana Perino, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle, one of 50 governors to also issue prayer proclamations, and Shirley Dobson, chair of the National Day of Prayer Task Force.

Public Law 100-307 sets the first Thursday in May as “National Day of Prayer.” The Foundation is seeking a declaration that the law violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“Mandated Prayer Proclamations by the President exhorting each citizen to pray constitutes an unabashed endorsement of religion,” contends the Foundation complaint, filed on behalf of the Foundation by attorney Richard L. Bolton of Boardman Law Firm, Madison, Wis.

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Church Politicking Is Uncivil Disobedience

Posted in FFRF by Skepdude on September 26, 2008

A well-heeled extremist legal outfit is calling on priests and pastors throughout the nation to defy IRS regulations by using their tax-exempt pulpits this Sunday, Sept. 28, to endorse candidates in the presidential race.

The unethical so-called Pulpit Initiative is advanced by the troublemaking Alliance Defense Fund. The Fund seems to be advocating no less than organized crime–uncivil disobedience. The Wall Street Journal yesterday reported some 30 ministers have said they will participate. Rev. Jody Hice, of Bethelehm First Baptist Church in Bethlehem, Ga., told the Journal he will endorse Sen. John McCain: “As a pastor, I have the right to speak biblical truth without being punished for it.” (Just where in the bible can we find that reference to John McCain?)

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