Foundation supports more than atheists -- Daryl Sisson

May 12, 2017 GMT

At least twice in the State Journal last week, articles by the Associated Press referred to the Freedom From Religion Foundation as “an atheist group.” The true description of the FFRF is its own: “An umbrella for those who are free from religion and committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church.”

The group’s main endeavor is to protect the separation of church and state, not to protect atheists (or agnostics or non-believers of any stripe). According to recent surveys, non-believers make up almost 25 percent of the U.S. population. That includes way more than just atheists, so the “atheist” label is misleading.

The State Journal ought to refer to the FFRF as “the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which defends the separation of church versus state.” Agree or disagree with the foundation, this would be more a more accurate journalistic description of their efforts.

Daryl Sisson, Madison