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Published November 28, 2018

What is The Freedom From Religion Foundation?

LAKE OF THE OZARKS – Who is The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) and what are their goals?

According to their letter to Camden County Clerk Rowland Todd, they are:

“FFRF is a national nonprofit organization with 32,000 members across the country, including members in Missouri. FFRF’s purposes are to protect the constitutional separation between state and church, and to educate the public on matters related to nontheism.”

But an examination of their beliefs and agenda shows that they are a radical anti-god organization that is committed to eliminating god from everything, including individual’s lives.

A sign on the outside of their headquarters, which is a building that once served as a church rectory, describes their attitude in general:

“FFRF – Proudly ‘Professional pains in the ass since 1978.’”

The organization was founded in 1978 by Anne Nicol Gaylor and her daughter, Annie Laurie Gaylor, Anne Gaylor was an advocate for legalizing abortion in the late 1960’s and authored a book entitled “Abortion is a Blessing” in 1975. She felt that there was a need to address the root cause of women’s oppression and that cause was religion.

The FFRF is currently headed by her daughter (Annie Laurie Gaylor) and son-in-law, Dan Barker, a former minister.

Both have written anti-god books and Barker has even written one for children called “Just Pretend: A Freethought Book for Children.”

Some of Barker’s books are:

• Losing Faith in Faith: From Preacher To Atheist (1992)
• Godless (Ulysses Press, 2008),
• The Good Atheist: Living a Purpose-Filled Life Without God (2011)
• Life Driven Purpose: How an Atheist Finds Meaning, (2015)
• GOD: The Most Unpleasant Character in All Fiction (2016).

A professional pianist and composer, Barker performs freethought concerts and is featured in FFRF’s musical CDs, “Friendly Neighborhood Atheist,” “Beware of Dogma,” and “Adrift on a Star.”

Annie Laurie Gaylor has also written several books promoting atheism:

• Woe to the Women: The Bible Tells Me So (1981)
• Betrayal of Trust: Clergy Abuse of Children (1988)
• Women Without Superstition: ‘No Gods, No Masters,’ (1997)

Other books that are made available to the public are:

• The Born Again Skeptic’s Guide To the Bible
• Rhymes for the Irreverent
• American Infidel: Robert G. Ingersoll
• Rejecting Religion

They are a 501(c)(3) organization.

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