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Photos, cartoons (Jan/Feb 2019)

World-renowned classical pianist Jarred Dunn took this photo inside the cathedral of Notre Dame. “As beautiful as some of the architecture and art is inside this cathedral, it’s somehow both comforting and revolting that they’ve resorted to offerings by bank cards,” Dunn wrote.
A woman dances in front of the flames during the annual Winter Solstice Bonfire at Olbrich Park in Madison, Wis., on Dec. 21. FFRF was represented at the event with signage and several staff members. (Photo by Roger Daleiden)
FFRF Co-President Dan Barker spoke about “The Importance of Critical Thinking” before the Honduran Freethinkers on Dec. 5 at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Honduras. From left, Cesar Laínez (member of Honduran Freethinkers from San Pedro Sula), Olvin Almendares (president of Honduran Freethinkers), Dan Barker, Ferney Rodríguez (biology professor from Bogotá, Colombia, who also spoke at the conference) and Héctor Amador and Geovany Kelly (members of Honduran Freethinkers from San Pedro Sula).
Freethinkers Association of Central Texas President Katie Gaines (right), presents longtime FFRF Member Julie Fisher with the Catherine Fahringer Award for her decades-long dedication to the secular communities of San Antonio and the Texas Hill Country. “We recently came across FACT’s founding documents with Catherine Fahringer’s signature, along with Julie’s,” Gaines writes. “That tugged on a few heart strings, to say the least. I am fully aware of FACT’s close ties with Catherine Fahringer and FFRF. We could think of no better recipient for this honor, and believe Catherine Fahringer would be proud to know Julie is still such a dedicated and beloved member of this community.”
FFRF’s Director of Strategic Response Andrew Seidel, right, speaks with FFRF’s generous members Diane and Stephen Uhl during a break at the Secular Coalition of Arizona’s 4th annual Secular Summit in Mesa, Ariz., on Dec. 9. Seidel was a member of a panel that discussed the “Status of Church-State Separation,” which was hosted by Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. Seidel also spoke to about 70 FFRF members Dec. 7 at a pre-chapter event for a group in the Phoenix area considering forming an FFRF-Valley of the Sun chapter.
In late November, FFRF Staff Attorney Ryan Jayne was a guest speaker on constitutional law at Monroe High School in Wisconsin, where he also played 12 games of chess simultaneously against 24 students.
Photo by Rafida Bonya Ahmed FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker had an pleasant meeting and “talked shop” in late November with Andrew Copson, executive director of the British Humanist Association, in London. Copson also presides over the International Humanist and Ethical Union. Both groups are changing names. BHA will become British Humanists and IHEU will become Humanists International. FFRF recently joined IHEU as a member organization.
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