I found this drivel at the website listed below. I was amazed that it accurately said what we do, although membership is now 24,000, and was equally amazed they had “zero” understanding of what we do accomplishes. If religion did what we do their congregations would be truly “set free”, as they claim their religion does, but they would also be out of business. Come to think of it, our goal is to “go out of business” too. That will happen when all religions start abiding by our nations wholly and totally secular Constitution that mandates a wall of separation between church and state. Unfortunately that is unlikely to happen anytime soon.
FREEDOM FROM RELIGION FOUNDATION: EXPOSED AND CONFRONTED!
“Formed in 1976 by Annie Gaylor Jr. and Sr., the foundation was incorporated nationally in 1978. It has grown ever since and is now supported by over 11,000 members. It is run out of an 1855 building at the corner of West Washington Avenue and North Henry Street in Madison, Wisconsin that once was a church rectory. With a minimum annual membership fee of $40, the foundation has saved over $3.3 million (US) and receives over $1 million in dues per year. The foundation primarily uses this money to pay legal fees in cases contesting the separation of church and state of various United States governmental organizations, but it also pays salaries to its staff of four, distributes advertisements and sends out news publications to its members.”
“The Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc., is an educational group working for the separation of state and church. Its purposes, as stated in its bylaws, are to promote the constitutional principle of separation of state and church, and to educate the public on matters relating to nontheism.”
This foundation has become the most formidable foe of religion in America. It invests large amounts of money into battling religion and has already been successful in the following areas:
- Won the first federal lawsuit challenging direct funding by the government of a faith-based agency
- Overturned a state Good Friday holiday
- Won a lawsuit barring direct taxpayer subsidy of religious schools
- Removed Ten Commandments monuments from public lands
- Ended bible instruction in public schools after 51 year practice
- Halted prayer at public institutions
- Stopped direct subsidy to religious schools
- Ended commencement prayers at a Top Ten University after 122 years of practice
- Ended distribution of Gideon bibles in public schools.
- Brought nearly 30 First Amendment lawsuits since 1977, and keeps several Establishment law challenges in the courts at all times.
APPROACH USED TO ACCOMPLISH AGENDA
- Files lawsuits!
- Publishes Freethought Today
- Sponsors annual high school and college atheist based essay competitions with cash awards
- Conducts, annual national conventions, honoring the “Freethinker of the Year” for state/church activism, a “Freethought Heroine” and student activists
- Bestows “The Emperor Has No Clothes” Award to public figures for their criticism of religion
- Promotes freedom from religion with educational products, bumperstickers, music CDs, winter solstice greeting cards and literature
- Publishes useful atheist books
- Provides speakers for events and debates
- Established a freethought book collection at the University of Wisconsin Memorial Library as well as a 2,000-volume office collection
WHAT THEY BELIEVE
“Morality is human-made, not ordained. Freethinkers judge conduct by its intent and consequences to the welfare of individuals, humankind and the planet as a whole. Freethinkers are responsible for their own actions, and do not blame or credit the supernatural, or respond to bribes of an “afterlife” or threats of hellfire. The only “higher power” we can truly invoke lies in our own minds and our own intelligence.”
“Freethinkers accept the natural world, and reject the unproved and primitive supernatural myths about gods, devils, angels, magic, life-after-death and the suspension of natural laws (“miracles”) through wishful thinking (“prayer”). We hope that someday humanity will outgrow god-ideas much as children outgrow literal belief in Santa Claus.” (Author’s comment: They, of course, don’t just hope; they will do their utmost to make sure it will happen.)
“Morality is human-made, not ordained.”
This assumption alone carries tremendous ramifications. This implies that morality is relative and that it has been, and still is, the result of human beings’ subjective judgments. Since it has been so, all humans continue to have the right to conceive their own subjective morality. If atheists would have their way, what a nightmarish world this would be.
“Freethinkers judge conduct by its intent and consequences to the welfare of individuals, humankind and the planet as a whole.”
Noble-sounding indeed, but also “assumes” that the human mind can and “wants to” create a morality that is totally selfless and is not tainted by selfish motives. Sigmund Freud, an arch-atheist, informed us that there is a part of the human mind (The ID) that makes that a difficult challenge indeed, as history is clearly proven.
“Freethinkers are responsible for their own actions, and do not blame or credit the supernatural, or respond to bribes of an “afterlife” or threats of hellfire.”
This is a fascinating statement. They say that they are “responsible for their own actions,” (which is what most religions believe, by the way. Nothing new and original here), and they do not blame or credit the Supernatural, referring, it appears, to evil influences such as demons or Satan. Do not Religions such as Christianity and Judaism place the responsibility for one’s actions on individual choices? They certainly do believe in “tempting forces,” but they also believe that each human being has the capacity to resist those forces and grow stronger by doing so. Most of all, they hold that humans have “freedom of choice,” and that they, therefore, are responsible for their own actions. Not too much difference here.
The point I would like to briefly focus on, though, is the concept of “responsibility.” Taking responsibility for one’s actions is a noble concept, but if one chooses to steal, lie, commit adultery and gets away with it, who will they be responsible to? Nietzsche, another arch-atheist, felt he was “responsible” for his own actions, and that he had the right to decide what was right or wrong; thus his conclusion that “good is evil and evil is good.” He also believed that he had the right to visit as many prostitutes as he wished, and that he was only responsible to himself. The end result was venereal disease and the mental illness caused by it. He feared not Hell; he was not affected by bribes of the afterlife; he felt he was brilliant enough to choose his own right path and ended up insane. Atheists are welcome to determine right from wrong as well, and to allow their own minds to assess consequences, or lack thereof, on their own , but they should be warned that the atheist leaders of the past have already done it and have not done such a great a job, and that they risk making some sad mistakes themselves, like their predecessors have before them. Nonetheless, they have been given freedom of choice, and they are welcome to try. (Read Not-So-Moral Atheists on this site).
“The only “higher power” we can truly invoke lies in our own minds and our own intelligence.”
Clearly if one does not believe in a Higher Power, one only has himself or herself to rely upon. But what a weak foundation that is. Human beings have proven and dailyprove to be very frail and weak beings, who have a chronic tendency to “self-destruct.” The evidence is the tens of millions in the US alone who now have incurable STD’s, the tens of millions who are dying of AIDS, the tens of millions who are dying of smoke-related diseases, the hordes who are committing suicide by using drugs and by abusing alcohol; the millions who will choose to drive while drunk, and on and on. Many such foolish people are well educated and some are actually very intelligent. I know some that are both brilliant and foolish, as their self-destructive actions have clearly spotlighted.
Human beings have for centuries paid lip service to Religion and ethics. The fact that people believe in a god or give superficial reference to religious ethics means only that they are superficial believers or, worst still, hypocritical beings. The reality is that at the societal and global level humans are committing suicide and hesitate to turn back, even when the evidence is irrefutable. So, which intelligence is FFRF referring to? Maybe they believe that scientists are the intelligent ones that will lead to human salvation. But who is responsible for creating the atomic bomb, the hydrogen bomb, chemical weapons, horrific weapons, the technology that is poisoning our land, our air, our water? Lots of knowledge there, and a definite understanding of the scientific method, but where is the wisdom? Maybe they should all listen to the supreme Scientist of the past century, Einstein, who warned that, “…without a religion-based “’ethical culture’ “…there is no salvation for humanity.”
Unlike atheists, Christianity, instead, holds that humans are very weak and in need God’s help. It also teaches that humans will continue to give Religion “lip service,” but will not implement healthy, powerful principles given as gifts from the Creator that can bring about healing to humanity. Christianity also teaches that human beings will finally bring themselves to the brink of extinction, thanks to the false savior, Science, in the hands of an irresponsible humanity and that the return of Jesus Christ is the only thing that finally save humanity from self-destruction. (Read Matthew 24 for an advance description of our days).
Atheism is just another expression of a weak and frail humanity offering solutions that will not work, as many famous atheists have already proven. Only Jesus Christ the Messiah will solve the insoluble, not FFRF, or any other self-deluded foundation.