FFRF Maine works to support freedom of religion, freedom of speech, and everyone’s right to practice their religious beliefs in their home or at their place of worship. We work to raise the public’s awareness of the danger to individual freedoms created when government makes laws based on religious beliefs. We also hold that public policies that ignore injustices created by the intrusion of religion into the public sector threaten social equality and respect for human rights.
ALL of these violations are taking place right now in Maine. The religious right has made significant inroads into Maine’s secular government with their fundamentalist Christianity agenda. Does this constant onslaught from extreme right wing fundamentalist Christians who characterize ALL other religions as cults, including Catholics and all progressive Protestant religions, upset you enough to take action?
There are numerous ways to “take action” to support what you believe in without engaging the public and no one is expected to do more than they are comfortable with. Some of what the chapter has done are; bringing Katherine Stewart, author of “The Good News Club: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children” to speak in Augusta, giving a talk about the Good News Club, placing a Solstice banner next to a Knight’s of Columbus Nativity scene on public property, marching in the Gay Pride Parade, having a table at the Common Ground Fair and participating in a panel discussion on religious coexistence at Colby College.
We offer you an opportunity to support these events by; helping to write talks we give, marching in the Portland Pride Parade, helping to have an annual table at the Common Ground Fair, helping to create the flyers we give to Hobby Lobby customers that let them know the company denies women employees contraception health care benefits on religious grounds, or helping to write a secular invocation to the Maine Senate and House.
If supporting these activities without engaging the public interests you, stop by at one of our monthly meetings. No matter how you choose to support your secular world view, remember the immortal words of Martin Luther King Jr. and Bayard Rustin, the organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.
“Our lives end the day we become silent about things that matter”(Martin Luther King Jr.)
“The proof that one truly believes is in action” (Bayard Rustin)
FFRF Maine is open to all people regardless of faith or beliefs, nationality, race, sexual orientation, sexual identity, marital status, age or ability. We invite you to join us.