Category: Foundation News

Illinois town cancels trip to Ken Ham’s Ark Encounter, Creation Museum after atheists file complaint

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Wisconsin-based group that advocates for a strict separation of church and state, is hailing victory after the city of Charleston, Illinois, nixed plans for a community trip to see the creationist exhibits. The trip was planned by the town’s parks and recreation department and was scheduled for Sept. 30 through Oct. 4, 2019. According to a flyer, the trip would have cost each resident who wanted to go $575. The price included transportation, lodging, admission to the “new” and “stunning” Ark Encounter and admission to the “famous” Creation Museum. Both exhibits are brainchildren of prominent Australian-born...

Illinois city cancels religious trip due to FFRF intervention

Illinois city cancels religious trip due to FFRF intervention

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is pleased to announce the cancellation of an Illinois city-sponsored religious tour. FFRF contacted the city of Charleston, Ill., this Monday after receiving a report that the Parks and Recreation Department was hosting a five-day trip featuring visits to the Ark Encounter and the Creation Museum, scheduled for fall 2019. It is unconstitutional for a city government to endorse the religious mission of the Ark Encounter or the Creation Museum by organizing, sponsoring or funding a trip to them, FFRF reminded Charleston officials. “While organizing and encouraging citizens to attend recreational events is a laudable goal, advertising and organizing...

Save us from the Federalist Society

Save us from the Federalist Society

The Federalist Society is an ultra-conservative right-wing political organization. They are very successful at getting judges appointed to the Supreme Court whose decisions on key issues will be an almost forgone conclusion. It was responsible for getting at least seven activist conservative justices confirmed to the Supreme Court: Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Clarence Thomas, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch and, finally, Brett Kavanaugh. Five of those justices remain on the court today, and for the foreseeable future their decisions will determine what kind of society we live in much more than who wins elections. (more…)