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
Location: Madison
Members: 669
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Atheism to Defeat Religion by 2038

Started by Jennifer Moran. Last reply by Bobbi Cadence Sep 9, 2013. 6 Replies

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2013 at 12:10pm

Thanks for the history lesson, Joan.  Very interesting. 

Comment by Sean Murphy on November 4, 2013 at 9:15am

Pandora's original version sounds a lot like the Virgin Mother of Mercy, Whose original name was Isis...

Comment by Terry Groff on November 3, 2013 at 3:10pm

How about a William Shatner day where everyone has to overact whatever they're saying.

"I... need to.... Go to the store.... to.... get.... milk"

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2013 at 2:49pm
Or celebrate the pre-christian holiday that gave rise to xmas and easter,

When I was in Greece and Turkey with archeologist Marija Gimbutas and Riane Eisler, I learned that Pandora's Box was not full of bad things as in Greece's Golden Age, Pandora's jar contained water, food, resources the people needed. She was a benevolent goddess of hope to Neolithic peoples.

She was transformed into the bringer of misfortune by Greek mythology when it replaced the Mother Goddess in culture. Any of the books by Marija Gimbutas tell of the transformation from Mother Goddess to God.

The Story of Pandora (as told by Greek mythology)
http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/grecoromanmyth1/a/050410Pandora_...

I found further evidence in Çatalhöyük, Turkey. Gimbutas write about this in:
Language of the Goddess and other volumes
https://www.google.com/search?q=Gimbutas%2C+%C3%87atalh%C3%B6y%C3%B...

Riane Eisler has much to say about this in:
The Chalice and the Blade
http://www.rianeeisler.com/chalice.htm
and her other works
http://www.rianeeisler.com/

There are many authors who rebut Gimbutas' claims, but, hey, what else is new? She was a female, after all.
Comment by Chad Kreutzer on November 3, 2013 at 1:18pm

Or International Talk Like a Pirate Day or Towel Day. There's even a Darwin day. All these days are well and good and fun, but I feel we ought to be careful of self segregation. To borrow some language from the Christians: Yes, we do need to have fellowship amongst ourselves to help recharge and reaffrim. I do not deny this (why else would be a member of this community here?) but I also think that we need to be out there as salt in the world, lights on a hill. Rather than create our own "Nonchristmas" or "Evoleaster," why don't we ecourage the preexistent tendency to secularize the holidays we have? And claim our history and heritage for our own rather than abdicate it to the people of faith?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 3, 2013 at 1:18pm

Natalie, I am not aware of  "a Festivus for the rest of us". That is essentially what we do. My immediate family are mostly non-believers and we celebrate on the winter solstice. When the kids were little I had a cone we decorated with gifts from nature, leaves of all kinds, plant seed pods, old bird's nests fallen from a tree, moss, lichen, bird shells saved from the spring hatchings, stuff like that instead of a xmas tree. 

Now that my daughter, her children and grandchildren (my great-grandchildren!!!) live in the forest of NE Washington State, we have lots of treasures. I will be going there for Thanksgiving; we can start the quest.

Thanks Natalie! 

Comment by Natalie A Sera on November 3, 2013 at 12:49pm

Joan, isn't Festivus kind of becoming that? I'm not so sure about some of the "traditions", because it started off as a joke (Seinfeld?) but it's a start!

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 2, 2013 at 11:15pm
We need a huge national celebration of non-believers to equal or surpass the parties of believers. If we can't beat them at the poles or in the courts or in the political leadership game, maybe we can throw a big party and revel in our non-belief.
Comment by Donald R Barbera on November 2, 2013 at 6:31pm
Susan--you just don't people can do such stupid things until they do, but even more frustrating is their justification. Agh!
Comment by Mriana on November 1, 2013 at 10:47pm

I live in Missouri. I'm almost always pissed off about something and currently, I'm very unhappy about what all is happening.  I put new meaning into Grumpy Cat.  I could be Grumpy Cat's caregiver.

 

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