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Welcome to the FFRFMCC website


The Freedom From Religion Foundation Metropolitan Chicago Chapter (FFRFMCC) is the Chicago chapter of the national Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), based in Madison, Wisconsin.

The purpose of the FFRFMCC is to:

  • Protect the constitutional principle of separation of state and church
  • Educate the public on matters relating to non-theism
  • Act as a social organization for freethinkers to meet, gather and converse with other like-minded individuals
  • Coordinate community service and charity work and create partnerships with secular-based charitable organizations/foundations
  • Work to encourage atheists, agnostics and skeptics to be open about their non-belief

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The FFRFMCC Presents Roy Zimmerman Live in Concert!

The Freedom From Religion Foundation Metropolitan Chicago Chapter is proud to welcome comedic singer/songwriter Roy Zimmerman for an evening of music and fun, where everything on the conservative agenda is fair game for laughs!

Join us as Roy puts to song his progressive leaning views on religion, creationism, same-sex marriage, guns, marijuana, abstinence, ignorance, war and greed.

Come and be a part of the Blue Dot Tour (, as Roy Zimmerman brings to the Chicago area his satirical edge to the struggle for peace and social justice!

When:   May 9th, 2014

Time:     7:00PM – 10:00PM

Where:  The Ethical Humanist Society of Chicago

7574 N. Lincoln Ave., Skokie, IL 60077

To Purchase Your Tickets Online, Please Click Here

Free Parking is Available!


FFRF Receives Favorable Ruling on Parsonage Exemption Lawsuit!

In one of three FFRF lawsuits against the IRS challenging religious preferential treatment by the federal government, U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb ruled the 1954 housing credit allowance given to “ministers of the gospel” to be unconstitutional.  Under the current provision, ministers of religious faith may use an untaxed portion of their income toward housing rent or the purchase of a home.

Between 2002 – 2007 alone, clergy in the United States had saved an estimated $2.3 billion in taxes.  This decision will have huge ramifications regarding religious privilege given by our government in this country.

To read more regarding this court decision, please click here


The FFRFMCC Hosts its First Debate! – “Does the God of the Abrahamic Religions Exist?”

A debate between Freedom From Religion Foundation co-president Dan Barker and theology professor Dr. Bryan O’Neal from the Moody Bible Institute took place on December 3rd, 2013 at Loyola University in Chicago, IL.  The debate was organized by the FFRF Metropolitan Chicago Chapter and the Loyola University Secular Student Alliance.

The topic, “Does the God of the Abrahamic Religions Exist?” was moderated by Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn.  Approximately 200 people were in attendance, and audience members were provided with an exit survey in order to gauge the impact of the debate on each of them.

A total of 121 surveys were returned, revealing the following audience profile by religious identification:

  • Religious, affiliated with a specific religious tradition – 31%
  • Religious/Spiritual unaffiliated – 3%
  • Non-Religious – 62%
  • Undecided – 4%

To view the complete audience survey, click here



Putting together a compelling argument for overturning the 1983 Marsh v. Chambers Supreme Court decision allowing for legislative prayer under certain circumstances, FFRF staff attorneys Andrew Seidel, Rebecca Markert, Patrick Elliott and Liz Cavell have submitted an Amicus (Friend of the Court) Brief in the case of Town of Greece v. Galloway.  The ruling in this current Supreme Court case could either put a halt to legislative prayer, or open the doors for more wide-spread use of sectarian prayer in government.

To read the entire brief, please click here


FFRF and North Carolina Chapter given “green light” from federal judge to proceed with IRS Form 990 lawsuit

The Freedom From Religion Foundation, along with fellow plaintiff The Triangle Freethought Society of North Carolina, were awarded standing on Aug. 22, 2013 by a U.S. District Judge from Wisconsin to pursue another of their three lawsuits against the IRS.  FFRF is challenging an IRS rule preempting religious nonprofits from having to file the financial accountability Form 990, one that is required by all other nonprofits to submit annually.  A ruling in favor of FFRF’s complaint would make the financial information of U.S. religious nonprofits available to the public.

Click here to read complete news release


In Hobby Lobby We Don’t Trust!

During the July 4th holiday, the Christian retail chain Hobby Lobby purchased full page ads in newspapers across the country featuring “In God We Trust” in large, bold letters surrounded by “quotes” from our founding fathers aimed at giving the false impression our country is a Christian nation.  Many of these were wildly inaccurate while others were taken out of context to alter their meaning.  FFRF breaks down the misinformation conveyed in the Hobby Lobby ads by providing a side-by-side comparison of the quotes used in their ads with the original quotes from the founding fathers.

To read the entire FFRF analysis, please click here


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