PLEASE JOIN US!   We meet on the first Sunday of each month in downtown Duluth at the Radisson Hotel (Location Map)
            Socializing begins at 9:00 am.
            Optional breakfast buffet at 9:30 am.
            Presentation from 10:00 until about 11:30.

            Co-Host: David Broman - (218) 349-7455
            Co-Host: Jim Lyttle - (218) 464-1652
             Videographer - Jan Resberg



National Action Alert

Object to Rep. Forbes’ ‘In God We Trust’ resolution

FFRF sent out an Action Alert in February asking FFRF'ers to contact members of the U.S. House of Representatives, opposing Rep. J Randy Forbes' resolution "reaffirming 'In God We Trust' as the official motto of the United States and supporting and encouraging the public display of the national motto in all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions" (H. CON. RES. 13). This resolution, approved Thursday by the Judiciary Committee after intense debate, has now been sent to the full House for consideration. (Read the entire bill here.)

Rep. Forbes is founder and co-chair of the Congressional Prayer Caucus. He has previously tried to discredit out nation's first motto, 'E Pluribus Unum' ("from many [come] one"), claiming our nation's only motto is "In God We Trust." In fact, both are national mottos, and 'E Pluribus Unum,' which was originally chosen by a committee of Franklin, Adams and Jefferson, appears on the Great Seal of the United States and still appears on currency. The religious motto was unfortunately adopted following a religious lobbying campaign during the Red Scare in 1956. (See more background on In God We (Don't) Trust.)

Once again, freethinkers are needed to stand up for our secular nation and heritage!

Please ask your U.S. House representative (by phone, letter or email) not to support this resolution.

Feel free to copy and paste this message (or, better yet, use your own words):

"I object to Rep. Forbes' H. Con. Res. 13, which would encourage 'In God We Trust' postings in all public buildings, including places of government and public schools. As John F. Kennedy said, 'I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute.' This resolution is a waste of taxpayer time and resources, and an underhanded effort to insert Rep. Forbes' god into government. Stand up to religious fanatic bullies in Congress and vote against this bill."

It would be great to make sure Rep. Forbes hears from many "godless" Americans who support our secular and godless Constitution.

You may also wish to make this the subject of a short, timely letter to the editor to your preferred local paper. Keep remarks short and succinct, concentrating on one or two points, and include your name and contact information.

Additionally, see below an opportunity to vote in an online poll about this resolution.


Please do not forward this Action Alert to members of the House or media. For maximum effectiveness, write as an individual and not as someone responding to an Action Alert. We are pleased to receive "blind" ("BCC") copies of your messages and correspondence by e-mail at action@ffrf.org.

Your House Representative:

Rep. J Randy Forbes
2438 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington D.C. 20515
Web Form: https://forbes.house.gov/Contact/ContactForm.htm?Zip=23320&Zip4=

Upcoming Speaker

April 3 2011: Psychology of Religion - Darryl Dietrich, CSS

We look forward to a great talk and thoughtful Q&A.

We also expect to welcome many new faces as a result of our ad campaign. So this will definitely not be one to miss.

Our Billboard is Up!

Many thanks to all those who sent in their donations for our billboard. It's finally up and can be seen on the right side going up Central Entrance.
We are looking forward to having a greater presence in the community and hope to welcome new members as people become more aware of who we are.

If you like the sign but have not pitched in yet you can still donate and help us to extend our display time or expand into other areas. Donate Now

March 2011

Guest Jerry Dincin, the president of Final Exit Network and and an excellent speaker gave a talk for this month's meeting titled "Whose Life is it Anyway?".
In the talk he addressed:
  • The history of our attitude about death and the influence of religions on it
  • Under what circumstances should one consider hastening the end of life
  • Illnesses that are commonly referred to his organisation.
  • Methods recommended and why
  • The difference between "hastened death"and "assisted suicide"
  • What plans to make now, even tho death may be far off in the future
  • What is the status of the Right to Die movement in the U.S. and the rest of the world
  • Why this is a new civil right that we have to fight for
  • Case examples where hastened death has been appropriately used

You can find more information about the Final Exit Network on their website.

This has been a great talk which highlights the importance of honest considerations and frank conversations about end of life planning. As always we look forward to your thoughts in the comments below.