Vol. 36 No. 03 April 2019 FFRF On The Road Dan Barker poses with members of the newly forming FFRF chapter in Mesa, Ariz., on March 14. More than 100 people showed up at the event, including Life Member Zenaido Quintana (on far left). On March 18, Dan Barker debated Christian apologist Nick Peters on the topic “Does God Exist?” at the University of North Georgia in Gainesville. The event was organized by The Atheist Nighthawks (a chapter of the Secular Student Alliance) and co-sponsored by Baptist Christian Ministries. There were nearly 200 people in the audience, including many FFRF supporters. The organizer told Barker it was the largest event on campus he could remember. In this photo are, from left, Joshua Pendley of Baptist Campus Ministries, Nick Peters, Dan Barker and Jeff Burt, president of The Atheist Nighthawks. (Photo by Roxie Smith) On March 1, Dan Barker was in Soldotna, Alaska, to speak with the Last Frontier Freethinkers, which successfully sued the Kenai Borough to allow nontheistic invocations. On the far left is FFRF Member Julie Olsen of Anchorage, who organized all five Alaska events. Barker spoke on March 7 at the University of Texas, Arlington, about his story as a former minister and “The Battle of Church and State” in front of a lively crowd of students and local FFRF members. Pictured are Maverick Secular Society officers Jessica Zizzo, Charlee Vance, Barker, Ryan VandeBrake and Jenni “Kelsifer” Stinson. Dan Barker sent out this tweet on Feb. 25: “Had a GREAT time speaking at Dalton (Ga.) State College tonight about ‘The Battle of Church and State.’ It was a packed audience! Thanks to the Secular Student Alliance (President David Peyton) for organizing such a successful event in a religion-drenched part of the country.” Top row (from left): Travis McKie-Voerste, lecturer in psychology; Rin Pell; Annabelle McKie-Voerste, assistant professor of biology; Kasey Tolzmann, vice president; David Peyton, president; William Cline; Dylan Matul. Bottom row (from left): Kamren Katona, student government representative; Dan Barker; River Sandoval; Moses Guerrini. FFRF Co-President Dan Barker spoke at five different events in Alaska in late February and early March. They were all sponsored by the Secular Community of Anchorage (SCOA). This photo was taken at the ZIP Kombucha Brewery on March 1. From left to right, back row: George, Julie Olson (FFRF member and primary organizer of Dan’s Alaska itinerary), Tony DeHaven (SCOA president), Bharath, Dan Barker, James, Holly. Middle row: Michelle, Kathryne, Lela, Ray Metcalfe (former Alaska state representative and anti-corruption crusader). Front row: Greg and Patrick. Dan Barker spoke to the Secular Student Alliance group at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene on March 5. Barker traveled extensively in February and March, speaking at 15 events in 10 cities (and eight states). The secular delegation also visited with U.S. Rep. Jamie Raskin, who co-founded the Congressional Freethought Caucus with Rep. Huffman. From left: Robyn Blumner (CFI), Mark Gura (Atheist Alliance), unidentified intern (Atheist Alliance), Margaret Downey (Freethought Society), Rep. Jamie Raskin, Mark Dann (SCA) and Evan Clark (SSA). Not pictured, but also in the room, is FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor and other secular representatives. Following a leadership meeting the weekend of Feb. 8 and 9 hosted by the Secular Coalition for America, a number of representatives of various secular organizations visited Capitol Hill on Feb. 10. One of the first stops was to visit Rep. Jared Huffman, co-founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus. He gamely posed for a group photo. From left: Kevin Bolling (Secular Student Alliance), Robyn Blumner (Center for Free Inquiry), Margaret Downey (Freethought Society), Rachel Dietch (American Humanist Association), Karylena Cruz (Secular Coalition of America), Jason Lemieux (CFI), Paul Grolin (Society for Humanistic Judaism), Evan Clark (Atheists United), Rebecca Markert (FFRF), Rep. Jared Huffman, Annie Laurie Gaylor (FFRF), Mandisa Thomas (Black Nonbelievers), Neil Polzin (Camp Quest), Mark Gura (Atheist Alliance), CW Brown (Atheist Alliance), Andrew Seidel (FFRF), Mark Dann (Secular Coaliton of America).