Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)

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Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF)

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, based in Madison, Wis., is a national association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics) that has been working since 1978 to keep church and state separate.

Website: http://ffrf.org
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Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2012 at 1:10pm

James, I agree with you wholeheartedly on every point.  I don't know all the details of my friends' partnership set-up, but I do know that it spells out property settlements if they should split up (not bloody likely at their age), and "family" rights, such as hospital visits and medical decisions...end of life stuff.

They wouldn't opt for legal marriage now, even if it were possible where they live. They live in a state where gays are barely recognized as citizens...or human beings.  But it's very hospitable to "seniors," tax-wise.  (My last remaining aunt lives there, and she hasn't had to pay property taxes on her rather large house since her husband died more than 20 years ago.  I don't know if the state will take the back taxes out of her estate when she dies, or if the house is totally exempt until it's sold.  Oh, I need to go visit her...she'll be 90 this year.)

Comment by James M. Martin on January 13, 2012 at 7:15am

sk8eycat, the question arises, why should gays settle for a half-assed version of marriage, everything but the legalized form of it?  When a gay couple breaks up, there is no protection from the divorce court.  I represent a woman who broke up with her partner of 30 years.  The only thing that may save her in the long run is the fact that both gave the other a power of attorney, which in my state creates a fiduciary relationship.  This will allow her to enforce the partner's continual assurance that if anything happened to her, my client would get the house.  (We have a deed in any case.) Since we are a community property state, upon the breakup of married couples, each gets 50% of everything bought during the marriage.  It should be easy to see how this prejudices gay couples.  I used to say, civil unions will do. Now, I say no they won't.  Marriage is as much or more a civil institution as a relogiious one.  The only possible objection the anti-gay marriage people could have is religious.  Again, as Hitch wrote, religion poisons everything.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2012 at 1:45am

Re: the bumper sticker; I still have some gay friends who managed to escape AIDS mainly because they were in permanent, stable relationships.  (One couple celebrated their 40th anniversary this New Year's Eve.  That's better than I can say for a lot of my str8 friends. They formed a legal partnership 20+ years ago, long before civil unions and legal marriages.  It's exactly like a business partnership. )

They send me funny, and angry, stuff.

Comment by Steph S. on January 12, 2012 at 10:34pm
Damian - I saw on CNN news website that many people are made at Ceelo for changing the lyrics to Imagine.
Comment by Steph S. on January 12, 2012 at 10:32pm
Chris and sk8eycat you are so right about Santorum. Insane!
Comment by Steph S. on January 12, 2012 at 10:31pm
Sk8eycat I just love that bumper sticker!
Comment by James M. Martin on January 12, 2012 at 8:35pm

@Angela M. Do you suspect Santorum because you subscribe, as I do, to Freudian theory, i.e. "projection"?  Freud said people get paranoid and throw away their unwanted traits, hoping they will land on others so that no one suspects the person "projecting" the traits.  Would you have thought Larry Craig a homosexual before the Minneapolis restroom scandal?  Yet, when caught red handed his only defense was, "I am not a homosexual."  Nietzsche was right: the worth of a spirit is its capacity to endure the truth.  Jack Nicholson said it in the movie, too: "The truth?  You can't handle the truth."

Comment by Angela M. on January 12, 2012 at 11:44am

There's a license for stuff like that?!  Where can we get one?!  <big evil grin>

Santorum is a scary, scary man.  I predict a sex scandal in his future...he totally fits the profile for one.

Comment by damian on January 11, 2012 at 2:33pm

Dan needs to talk about Cee Lo changing "Imagine" on new year's eve. I listen to the podcasts at bedtime. I always fall asleep before it's over, so it takes me a while to listen to the whole thing. I like when Annie Laurie says "agitate". Lots of youtube videos on these two, and they always stay calm and win the debate; if they aren't cut off.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 10, 2012 at 7:27pm

From one of my old HOI friends (makes sense):

 

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