Freedom From Religion Foundation

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a Freethought organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. Its purposes, as stated in its bylaws, are to promote the constitutional principle of separation of church and state, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism. The FFRF publishes Freethought Today, the only freethought newspaper in the United States. The organization engages in public interest lawsuits.

The FFRF was co-founded by Anne Nicol Gaylor and her daughter Annie Laurie Gaylor. Annie Laurie Gaylor is the author of Women Without Superstition : No Gods - No Masters (ISBN 1877733091), edits the FFRF newspaper Freethought Today, serves as co-president with her husband Dan Barker author of Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher to Atheist (ISBN 1877733075). Dan Barker is a musician and songwriter and also a former minister.

Important legal successes include:

  • Winning the first federal lawsuit challenging direct funding by the government of a faith-based agency
  • Overturning a state Good Friday holiday - plaintiffs included Foundation staff and state employees.
  • Winning a lawsuit barring direct taxpayer subsidy of religious schools
  • Removing Ten Commandments monuments and crosses from public land
  • Halting the Post Office from issuing religious cancellations
  • Ending 51 years of illegal Bible instruction in public schools

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