Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. FFRF.org

‘Notorious RBG’ gains a home at FFRF

Vol. 38 No. 07 September 2021
Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker pose with the bust of Ruth Bader Ginsburg.                                                                                                                                                                                         

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is thrilled and honored to have been chosen as the  recipient of a sculpted bust of the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, created and gifted by world-renowned sculptor and FFRF member Zenos Frudakis. The sculpture now adorns the Anne Nicol Gaylor Lobby and greets visitors to FFRF’s office, Freethought Hall, in downtown Madison, Wis.

The sculpture features RBG’s iconic dissent collar. Ginsburg, who prevailed in many cases, had increasingly become the voice of dissent on the high court. She noted: “Dissents speak to a future age. It’s not simply to say, ‘My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.’ But the greatest dissents do become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that’s the dissenter’s hope: that they are writing not for today, but for tomorrow.”

“It will encourage and inspire FFRF staff and members to double down in our work to protect constitutional rights for tomorrow,” says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor, who is pictured above with FFRF Co-President Dan Barker.

Zenos fashioned the bust out of clay to mourn Ginsburg’s death at 87 last fall. It was then completed in bronze. An official unveiling will take place in the future.