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Photos and cartoons from April 2018 issue

An FFRF Member sent us this page from the book Christ’s Life In Us, an Irish schoolbook from the 1970s, shows that God clearly favors baptized children over the non-baptized.
FFRF’s billboard campaign propagating freethought and secularism is proceeding briskly in the Deep South. A new billboard graphically representing the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment went up in early March on Spring Road near the intersection of Atlanta Road in the town of Smyrna in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The eye-catching panel proclaims “The Only Wall We Need Is Between Church & State” against the backdrop of two portions of a clearly divided brick wall. FFRF put up the billboard for a month in round three of a new year-long campaign in the South’s most bustling metropolis. Two previous billboards in different locations there declared “In Science We Trust,” depicting an astronaut suspended in outer space to illustrate the slogan. Georgia FFRF Member Jack Egger is underwriting the campaign, for which FFRF is truly appreciative.
The devil and Trump.
FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor was invited to speak Feb. 28 to an adult education class at Lakeview Lutheran Church in Madison, Wis. FFRF Co-President Dan Barker provided beautiful piano music, opening Annie Laurie’s talk with the traditional freethought anthem “Die Gedanken Sind Frei” and ending it with his jazz ballad and ode to romance and science, “It’s Only Natural.” This was Annie Laurie’s first talk before a Lutheran (ELCA) congregation, and she found the 60 or so in attendance to be supportive of separation between church and state. Annie Laurie and Dan are pictured with the very open-minded Pastor Dean Kirst.
Cartoon via Conde Nast
About 80 members of FFRF or its chapter, the Central Florida Freethought Community, participated in the annual Freethought Cruise, hosted by the enterprising chapter and its directors David and Jocelyn Williamson. FFRF Co-Presidents Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor were guest presenters and extend their warm thanks for wonderful hospitality. Side note: A woman (not associated with the group) went overboard the last night of the four-day cruise to the Bahamas, but fortunately was rescued in a maneuver that took the Norwegian Epic about an hour.
Bonya Ahmed, left, sits with FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker on the set of Freethought Matters, FFRF’s new television show. (Photo by Chris Line)
Holy Smoke cartoon — Stars
Holy Smoke cartoon – Hawking
FFRF attorneys Elizabeth Cavell and Andrew Seidel taught a continuing legal education program at the Dane County (Wis.) Legal Association of Women luncheon in January. They discussed Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission — a recently argued case before the U.S. Supreme Court — and how the case threatens to redefine religious liberty and undermine civil rights laws across the country. (Photo by Chris Line)
In early February, FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert, left, and Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, right, lobbied members of Congress, including Rep. Jamie Raskin of Maryland, center. They lobbied on important secular issues, including protecting the Johnson Amendment, ensuring that FEMA funds are not used to build churches, and sponsoring a Darwin Day resolution. As the unabashed heathens entered the office of one Texas representative, the Rolling Stones song “Sympathy for the Devil” fittingly began to play: “Please allow me to introduce myself . . .” This trip was part of FFRF’s “Educate Congress” initiative and has helped produce several important victories, including defeating one of Trump’s worst judicial nominees and defeating a measure that would have undone the Johnson Amendment.
In early February, FFRF Legal Director Rebecca Markert, left, and Director of Strategic Response Andrew L. Seidel, right, lobbied members of Congress, including Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, center.
Wayne Trotta sent this photo of the marquee from Red Mount United Methodist Church in East Berlin, Pa. “It’s either a quote from a Trump University textbook, or from someone with a serious case of Double Entendre Deficit Disorder,” writes Trotta.
This sign outside the Knox Presbyterian Church in New Westminster, British Columbia, Canada, expresses the exact opposite sentiment of Utah Gov. Gary Herbert. Herbert asked faith leaders in his state to pray for more snow. His letter asked interfaith leaders to urge prayer for snow during the first week in March. The governor references the summer of 2012 when Utah was plagued with wildfires and he asked for prayers for rain, which “worked.” FFRF sent out a press release on March 8 under the headline, “Prayer is snow business of Utah gov.” “It’s best to check the weather report before praying for snow, FFRF paraphrases Mark Twain as a retort to a silly request by the governor of Utah.”