Alabama Freethought Association

Alabama Freethought Association
Alabama Freethought Association is listed in the Educational Consultants category in Munford, Alabama. Displayed below are the social networks for Alabama Freethought Association which include a Facebook page, a Twitter account and a YouTube channel. The activity and popularity of Alabama Freethought Association on these social networks gives it a ZapScore of 97.

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111 Lake Joan Cir
Munford, AL 36268
(256) 761-1105

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Ole Miss head football coach resigns amid scandal—FFRF not surprised University of Mississippi's head football coach, Hugh Freeze was forced to resign Thursday night after an investigation by school officials revealed a "pattern" of phone calls from the coach to a female escort service. The Freedom From Religion Foundation is unsurprised to learn that Freeze — a man known for pushing his personal religious beliefs onto his players and using his public position to promote his faith — has revealed the hypocrisy in his conduct. In a Thursday night news conference, Ole Miss athletics director Ross Bjork stated that if Freeze had not resigned, the school would have "exercised the termination clause in the contract for moral turpitude." Chancellor Jeffrey Vitter described the Coach Freeze scandal as "a pattern of personal conduct inconsistent with the standard of expectations for the leader of our football team." But Freeze's conduct is surprisingly consistent with the pattern of public officials who shroud themselves in religious rhetoric while asking that we do as they say, not as they do. FFRF exposed Hugh Freeze's state-supported evangelical mission in its 2015 "Pray to Play" report. The report outlined, among other things, Freeze's efforts to fundraise for a team chaplain, stating in part, "We have coaches that are men of integrity, character and faith to work with these young men to build a strong foundation that will lead to excellence on the field . . ." The report also calls out Freeze for using expressions of faith as a recruiting tool. Continue reading:

Crankmail comes to you as received, unedited. Why: Who are you to go and bully people and tell them what they can and cannot put on their police vehicles and things?!? Leave us Christians alone. We will stand up for what is right and living for Jesus Christ is right and always will be right. What we do down here in the state of Virginia is none of your concern!! You stay in your state wit h your false gods and we’ll stay here in Virginia with our ONE TRUE GOD!! Too bad the question about how people learn about FFRF doesn’t have because y’all are idiots because I sure would have checked that one!! – Karen K. I’m Catholic: Bite me. — John B. Papal audience: Find something to believe in and live for that is a positive.instead of bewailing and spending time over Some one you believe doesn’t exist!!! Ever hear of paschals wager? Please check it out! — Donna D. Vatican visit: Guess you folks don’t have a clear understanding of the Constitution in regard to religion. — Catherine G.

Looking forward to Richard Dawkins' remarks at the London conference on free expression and conscience (talk about…

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RT @hemantmehta: Kentucky Officials Have Ended the $18 Million Tax Rebate Deal With Ark Encounter

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BREAKING NEWS: Kentucky notifies Ark Encounter that it has breached its tax incentive agreement The Kentucky Tourism, Arts, and Heritage Cabinet notified the operators of the Ark Encounter that it is in breach of its Tourism Development Agreement with the state. That agreement provides up to $18 million in state subsidies for the Ark project in the form of annual sales tax rebates. FFRF obtained records from the Cabinet today that include a July 18 notice sent to the operators of the Ark saying that Ark Encounter, LLC has breached the agreement following the sale of the property. The letter says that no further tax rebates may accrue as of June 28. Read the background here: FFRF asserts that Ark Encounter sale invalidates Kentucky subsidies The Freedom From Religion Foundation is condemning a questionable sale of the creationist Kentucky ark park and is calling upon the state to rescind its sales tax subsidies. The Ark Encounter — the Noah's Ark-themed park that creationist Ken Ham operates — reportedly sold its main $48 million parcel and Ark attraction on June 28 for $10 to Crosswater Canyon, a nonprofit ministry. The Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority had previously approved the theme park for sales tax rebates. The sale seems to be a maneuver by the operators of the Ark to avoid paying state and local property taxes. Ark managers appear to have made the move as retaliation against the city of Williamstown for adopting a 50 cents safety fee on ticket sales that would fund emergency services. Given the significant public subsidies that have gone to this attraction, it is alarming that Ark executives are playing games with the ownership of the property. The change in ownership does not allow for continued sales tax rebates without new authorization from Kentucky governmental entities, FFRF contends. While Ark Encounter is an approved company, FFRF has found no evidence that the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority approved Crosswater Canyon. Kentucky law explicitly limits the transfer of tax rebates to a new company without the approval of the Authority. "We are unaware of any notice provided to the Authority and any resolution that the Authority has passed approving of payments to the new owner of the Ark," FFRF Senior Counsel Patrick Elliott writes to Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson. "The agendas from recent Authority meetings do not include a discussion of the Ark Encounter." If such a request does come before the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority, the transfer should be denied because the change in ownership is detrimental to the Commonwealth of Kentucky, FFRF asserts. Selling the attraction for a nominal amount to avoid taxes that are owed to the state and local community is not a bona fide justification that the Authority should accept. "It is highly immoral for an entity supposedly founded on morality to engage in behavior like this," says FFRF Co-President Dan Barker. "But perhaps the fire sale of $10 reflects the true worth of the park." Continue reading:

On this date in 1951, actor and comedian Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago, Ill., to parents Laurie McLaurin, a model, and Robert Fitzgerald Williams, a Detroit auto executive. He grew up in Bloomfield, Mich., and Marin County, Calif., with brothers Robert Todd Williams and McLaurin Smith-Williams. Williams studied political science at Claremont McKenna College (then Claremont Men’s College), but left to study theatre at a community college before receiving a full scholarship to the Juilliard School in 1973. Scoring a guest-starring role on the sitcom “Happy Days” in 1978, Williams gained instant recognition for his role as the eccentric alien Mork. The reaction from fans earned him a show of his own based on the character in 1978. Following the success of “Mork and Mindy,” which aired for four seasons, Williams was catapulted into a long and illustrious career, beginning with major movie roles in “Popeye” (1980) and “The World According to Garp” (1982). At the same time, Williams achieved success for his standup specials: “Off the Wall” (1978), “An Evening with Robin Williams” (1982) and “Robin Williams: Live at the Met” (1986). Williams’ many films included a selection of critically-acclaimed dramatic roles such as “Good Morning, Vietnam” (1987) and “Dead Poets Society” (1989). He portrayed Oliver Sacks in the 1990 drama “Awakenings,” based on Sack’s moving memoir about briefly reviving catatonic patients. Williams captured Sacks’ mannerisms so perfectly that Sacks notes some people have actually accused him of imitating Robin Williams. Other films include “The Birdcage” (1996),“The Fisher King” (1991), “Hook” (1991), “Aladdin” (1992), “Mrs. Doubtfire” (1993), “Jumanji” (1995), “Good Will Hunting” (1997), “Flubber” (1997), “Insomnia” (2002), “Night at the Museum” (2006), “Happy Feet” (2006), “Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian” (2009), and “The Butler” (2013). Williams starred in the Off Broadway production of “Waiting for Godot” (1988) and in the Broadway show “Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo” (2011). Williams’ explosive imagination roared when directors created the space for him to improvise on set as he so often did in his frenzied standup routines. His extemporaneous rants, rapid-fire tangents, inventive impersonations and frenetic gesticulations became his trademark. Williams’ 2002 special, “Robin Williams: Live on Broadway,” sold out within 30 minutes, and helped to earn him the 13th spot on Comedy Central’s 2004 list of 100 top standup comedians of all time. Among Williams’ numerous awards are three Best Actor nominations at the Academy Awards and the Best Supporting Actor award in 1998 for his poignant performance as Will’s therapist in “Good Will Hunting.” Beyond bringing entertainment and laughs to millions, Williams aimed to percolate provocative ideas into the public consciousness. His “War of Self-Destruction” tour in 2009 was rife with irreverent stabs at American politics, the Iraq War, religion and the papacy. “The Vatican and homosexuality; oil, water. The pope is always ‘homosexuality is an abomination.’ Timeout. . . You’re dressed like Freddie Mercury’s stunt double. Your purse is on fire and you’re surrounded by hundreds of boys and you’ve had kind of a problem in the after school area” (“Robin Williams: Live on Broadway,” 2002). Williams was raised an Episcopalian—or as he quipped, “Catholic Lite—same rituals, half the guilt.” While he technically remained an Episcopalian, Williams’ beliefs were deistic. He apparently agreed with Thomas Paine that, “my religion is to do good,” saying “the idea of compassion is powerful to me” (Interview with South China Morning Post, August 5, 2007). Williams took a critical stance on religious fundamentalism: “Fundamentalists take it to be ‘the Word,’ not translatable, not metaphorical, ‘the Word.’ In the beginning, Genesis, ‘Let there be Light.’ Could that be a metaphor for the big bang? ‘No! God just went click.’ So you’re saying we’re all descended from Adam and Eve and we’re all cousins? ‘That’s right.’ (“Robin Williams: Live on Broadway,” 2002). After battling depression and addiction for many years, Williams took his own life in 2014. He is survived by his wife Susan Schneider (2011-2014), and children, Zak, from his first marriage with Valerie Velardi (1978-1988), and Cody and Zelda, from his second marriage to Marsha Garces (1989-2008). D. 2014.

FFRF spotlights taxpayer-subsidized NYC religious entity The Freedom From Religion Foundation is shining a spotlight on an apparent case of a taxpayer-subsidized religious organization in New York City. A concerned New York taxpayer contacted FFRF to report that the New York Quarterly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, a New York religious nonprofit, received government funds to expand its secular private school, Friends Seminary. The organization had signed contracts for those funds promising not to use any proceeds from the funds to advance religion. But the New York Quarterly Meeting and the Friends Seminary split into two separate entities in 2015, and, according to documents received by FFRF, the religious organization is now charging the school $775,000/year in order to use the new expansion — money that FFRF understands is being used to further the church's religious mission. "This arrangement appears to violate both the New York Quaker Meeting's loan agreements and the Establishment Clause," states FFRF Legal Fellow Ryan Jayne. "In effect, it appears that the New York Quaker Meeting is using taxpayer-subsidized property as a source of church income." Continue reading: