Author Archive: Tom Cara

Tom, who has been a life member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation since 2010, began coordinating efforts for a Chicago area chapter of FFRF in April, 2012. He is a declared atheist whose religious skepticism began during his high school years in the mid-1970's. He is married with two grown children and has worked professionally as an advertising media planner/buyer since 1985 in both the consumer and business-to-business markets. Additionally, Tom has been active with several non-profit organizations/groups, including the Park Ridge Healthy Community Partnership, the Maine (Township, IL) Community Youth Assistance Foundation (MCYAF), as well as working with the “Teens Against Tobacco Use” program of the American Lung Association.

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FFRFMCC Holds 4th Discussion Workshop on “Challenging Religious Beliefs”

FFRFMCC Holds 4th Discussion Workshop on “Challenging Religious Beliefs”

“Challenging Religious Beliefs” FFRFMCC Discussion Workshop #4 — Summary  When confronted with questions from those of religious faith, non-theists must answer in ways that challenge the believer to critically think about their beliefs.  Simply telling people of faith they are being irrational with their beliefs should not be considered a useful tactic.  That rarely works […]

By July 12, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Chicago Police Department Should Not Be Mixing Religion With Official Business

Chicago Police Department Should Not Be Mixing Religion With Official Business

The Freedom From Religion Foundation has been made aware of what they consider to be serious violations of the Establishment Clause by the Chicago Police Department. Being brought into question are the mandatory religious activities taking place during graduate ceremonies of police officers.  These include an invocation and benediction, with officers present ordered to remove […]

When A Religion Seeks Special Privileges, Is It Getting More Than It Bargained For?

When A Religion Seeks Special Privileges, Is It Getting More Than It Bargained For?

Submitted by:  Tom Cara, Director, FFRFMCC In their ongoing quest to undo the framers’ intentions to make state/religion entanglements unconstitutional, religious organizations keep taking their demands for special privileges to court, arguing that government and faith must be intertwined — specifically, the Christian faith.  In doing so, and winning, they just keep opening that proverbial […]

FFRFMCC Erects Annual Spring Display to Protest Catholic Prayer Shrine in Chicago’s Daley Center Plaza

FFRFMCC Erects Annual Spring Display to Protest Catholic Prayer Shrine in Chicago’s Daley Center Plaza

On Thursday, April 13th, the FFRFMCC with its member volunteers erected our protest of a Catholic prayer shrine which goes up each year during the Christian “holy week” by the Divine Mercy Project at Chicago’s Daley Center Plaza.  The shrine includes a large wooden Latin cross, a 9-foot banner of Jesus, and “kneelers” for people […]

By April 15, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
“Challenging Religious Beliefs” – Discussion Workshop #3

“Challenging Religious Beliefs” – Discussion Workshop #3

January 21st, 2017 Facilitator:  Tom Cara, Director FFRFMCC  The FFRFMCC held its third discussion workshop on “Challenging Religious Beliefs.”  The purpose of these events is for non-theists to socialize and learn from each other’s experiences in dealing with talking points from those of religious faith, to encourage those of religious faith to think more critically […]

By March 16, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Vigilance is our Duty

Vigilance is our Duty

Submitted by:  Tom Cara, Director, FFRFMCC As we are now officially one month into a new Presidency, the FFRFMCC  roundly condemns the bigoted, anti-religious, and unconstitutional actions of this administration. As non-theists, it is without question we often have very vocal opinions regarding religion – and not all of them are positive to say the […]

By February 23, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
“February and the Birth of Scientific Giants”

“February and the Birth of Scientific Giants”

Submitted by: Sanford Morganstein   February is an especially good time to think of the scientific method and its deep connection to truth.  It’s also a good time to think about the relationship of science to the citizen’s role in emphasizing truth. Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809.  Galileo Galilei was also born […]

By February 8, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Secular Winter Solstice Displays Receive Little Holiday Cheer Again This Year

Secular Winter Solstice Displays Receive Little Holiday Cheer Again This Year

While the Christians cry the about the “war on Christmas,” and cite religious persecution against their beliefs, it is the non-theist point-of-view that typically tries to be silenced, especially during the holiday season by those who reject reason. 2016 was a particularly damaging year to secular Winter Solstice displays as the Freedom From Religion Foundation […]

By January 1, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Secular Holiday Displays Back Up For 2016!

Secular Holiday Displays Back Up For 2016!

Thanks to our wonderful team of volunteers, the FFRFMCC holiday displays are up once again in both Chicago Daley Center Plaza and North School Park in Arlington Heights. In Daley Center Plaza, our 8 1/2 foot x 8 1/2 foot Dawkins scarlet “A” (for atheism) sign is shining bright with over 100 seasonal red lights, […]

By November 30, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Hug An Atheist in Chicago

Hug An Atheist in Chicago

On Saturday, November 5th, the FFRFMCC took part in an event organized by Ron McCullough. “Hug an Atheist Day” was designed to showcase how the non-religious are made up of all genders, ages, races and ethnic, cultural, political and socio-economic backgrounds.  We are also decent, moral, caring people who, while we may have our differences […]

By November 15, 2016 0 Comments Read More →