Dear Members and Supporters,
Thanks to you, FFRF Maine had a great third year in 2016. From the success of our first public presentation about the Good News Club, our first table at the Common Ground Fair and the chapters well received Kennebec Journal / Morning Sentinel newspaper column to our first participation in a panel discussion on religion; we kept the public aware of the importance of keeping church and state separate. We couldn’t have done this without your support and we want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU for every contribution you made, be it time or financial, to help keep church and state separate in Maine.
In 2016 we gave a talk about the dangers the Good News Club poses to our children at the Margaret Chase Smith School in Skowhegan, had a table at the Common Ground Fair in Unity, started a newspaper column “In Reason We Trust” and participated in a panel discussion, organized by the AIIA Institute on “Can Religions Coexist?” at Colby College in Waterville.
We also established a business Facebook page and created an easy to find website, both of which have reached many more people and generated much more interest in our chapter than either the previous personal Facebook page or forum did. Our website, https://ffrfmaine.org/ , will include two new sections; “Report a Violation” and “Tell Your Story”. The “Report a Violation” section is a way for anyone living in Maine to let us know of any activity they think may be a violation of the separation of church and state in Maine. The “Tell Your Story” section is a place for anyone living in Maine to tell their story about how a religious incursion into our secular government affected their lives.
Our 2017 plans include: Giving a secular invocation to the Maine House, giving another talk about the dangers of the Good News Club in Skowhegan and two other school systems, having a table at the Common Ground Fair again, continuing the monthly column “In Reason We Trust” and possibly participating in another AIIA Institute sponsored discussion on religion. FFRF and possibly FFRF Maine T-shirts will be available to those who help work the table at the Common Ground Fair or who help present one of the three talks we will be giving at the fair on the personal value of keeping church and state separate. While FFRF Maine is a tax exempt corporation in Maine we will be applying to the IRS to become a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation.
With your help, we will continue to be a community resource for parents, school administrators and concerned citizens to oppose violations of the separation of church and state in general and to oppose the most egregious violator, the Good News Club in particular, to help protect children from predatory proselytizing.
In the coming year, we hope you will continue your membership in or support of FFRF Maine. To keep up to date with your $10 annual dues, or to make a contribution, go to our website at https://ffrfmaine.org/ , click on the “Donate” button and use either PayPal or a credit card. Alternatively you can go to http://fnd.us/GoodNewsClub?ref=sh_26N5ub to specifically support our campaign to raise the public’s awareness of what the Good News Club does to children during their after-school program.
Keeping church and state separate is something everyone on this list values. A $5 contribution from each of our followers would allow us to give another talk on the Good News Club, support our table at the Common Ground Fair and allow us to offer T-shirts for those who help out at the CGF. We also ask you to consider joining / supporting two local groups in Maine, Downeast Humanists and Freethinkers at https://www.facebook.com/Downeast-Humanists-and-Freethinkers and the Maine Atheists and Humanists at https://www.facebook.com/WeAreAtheistsForME/ . Nationally, joining / supporting the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, the ACLU of Maine, the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America will help keep the country stable during the next 4 years.
Many thanks for everything that you do to keep church and state separate in Maine.