FFRF Maine Mission Statement
FFRF Maine, a 501 (c) (4) non-profit corporation, is the official Maine chapter of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a 23,700 member national organization based in Madison, Wisconsin. FFRF Maine, a 38 member state wide organization based in Brunswick, Maine, supports the secular US Constitutional principle of the separation of church and state. We work to promote a secular world view free from societal traditions based on religion, or worse, laws made based on a particular sects interpretation of the Christian Bible.
FFRF Maine recognizes the United States was first among nations to adopt a secular Constitution. The founders who wrote the Constitution wanted citizens to be free to support the church of their choice, or no religion at all. Our Constitution was purposefully written as a non-religious document, whose only references to religion are exclusionary. First Amendment violations are accelerating. The religious right is campaigning to ignore the Establishment Clause, advance a single religion (fundamentalist Christianity – at taxpayer expense), attack our secular public schools and take away the civil rights of believers, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists. Some of the violations of the separation of religion and government that FFRF Maine members and staff actively oppose are prayers in public schools, government funding of sectarian institutions or religious activities and the ongoing campaign against equality for LGBT people, women, gays and lesbians that is being led by churches. Monthly discussions are open to the public.
FFRF Maine’s primary purpose is to establish a support network and to educate people on the real danger to individual freedoms created when government makes laws based on religion and to:
1 – Promote the constitutional principle of separation of religion and government
2 – Educate the public on matters relating to protecting children from religion
3 – Work to resolve local violations of the separation of religion and government
4 – Educate the public on local violations of the separation of religion and government
5 – Establish a support network for members, guests, parents and their children