Ron Reagan’s ad for the FFRF

The Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), our Official Website Secular Organization™, has sent its members a link to a brand-new secularist ad by Ron Reagan, son of the late President. Reagan fils is, of course, a longstanding and outspoken atheist, and has won the FFRF’s “Emperor Has No Clothes” award.

I love the last line. It will be cool to see something like this run during popular television shows.

The FFRF (which I urge you to consider joining; you can do so here for only $40/year) notes where and when the ad will run:

In an exciting development, FFRF has contracted to air our 30-second spot on Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” Comedy Central’s two award-winning comedy-cum-news shows — some of the nation’s most watched, most influential, and most irreverent TV shows. This will be the first atheist/freethinking commercial aired on either program.

Our ad will broadcast live on both programs on Thursday, May 22, once per show, then again when the show is rerun two hours later on Comedy Central. “The Daily Show” live broadcast starts at 11 P.M. Eastern, followed by “The Colbert Report” at 11:30 P.M. Eastern.

It’s eerie that you can see the Gipper’s genes in his features!

41 Comments

  1. Jesper Both Pedersen
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    “Don’t tear down that wall!”.

    • Kiwi Dave
      Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

      Very witty.

    • moarscienceplz
      Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Permalink

      +1

  2. gluonspring
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    “It’s eerie that you can see the Gipper’s genes in his features!”

    And in his voice. It has alternate-dimension feel to it.

  3. Posted May 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    It’s eerie that you can see the Gipper’s genes in his features!

    -Even his voice!

    • KP
      Posted May 15, 2014 at 11:45 am | Permalink

      YES, totally. His right eye seems to sit lower than the left, just like the Gipper, too.

  4. gbjames
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 2:06 pm | Permalink

    This is excellent!

    (I renewed my FFRF membership a few days ago. My favorite annual contribution.)

  5. francis
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    //

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    R.R. has always come across as a remarkably sane and likable fellow. It would be great to see him on national television more frequently.

  7. paul kramarchyk
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    Excellent. Ron Reagan is a courageous man.
    re: “Not afraid of burning in hell.” Ron, see you there. I’ll bring the hotdogs.

    • Posted May 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

      #notafraidofburninginhell is now on my Tw*tt*r profile!

      /@ / Warszawa

      • Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

        Warszawa

        Hey, since you’re in Poland, perhaps you could stop by Hili’s place and help her out with her canine dilemma?

        b&

        • Posted May 15, 2014 at 2:10 am | Permalink

          If only I could, but I am completely at the mercy of our local sales people, who have left me with no free time before I fly home tonight!

          /@ / Pepsi Arena (former Polish Army Stadium, Legia Warszawa’s home ground)

          • Posted May 15, 2014 at 6:38 am | Permalink

            You mean corporate America is pissing on former Communist sports arenas, too? I shouldn’t be surprised….

            b&

            • Posted May 15, 2014 at 7:07 am | Permalink

              Rag reed locally as better than being pissed on by Stalin! (Except for the metro!!)

              /@ / Warszawa

              Sent from my iPhone. Please excuse all creative spellings.

              >

  8. John K.
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

    If they are smart, a lot of religious people should also be invested in church and state separation. Only one “winning” state entangled religion can stay in power, and everyone not a part of it will suffer, including the religious of the “wrong” denominations just as much as the atheists.

    Not that prime time TV could not use more shameless atheist self identifications. I wouldn’t change the add in the slightest.

    • Kevin
      Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

      That is a good point, but a symbol like a cross is innocuous enough to keep most Xian factions happy without implicit endorsement of one denomination. The same obfuscation that distills so much of religious dogma is simultaneously an advantage because so much meaning is left to interpretation.

    • moarscienceplz
      Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

      OTOH, it would be cool to have a lot of houses with priest holes and secret passages. ;-)

      • John Scanlon, FCD
        Posted May 15, 2014 at 3:57 am | Permalink

        Doomsday preppers, drug dealers and paranoid gun nuts (yeah, not discrete sets) agree with you.

  9. Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

    There’re a couple other father / son actor combinations who’re eerily similar. I’m spacing on the names, but one of the classical pratfall comedians later had a murder-mystery show where he played a doctor, and his son the doctor’s police detective son. If you weren’t looking at the set, you’d have a hard time telling who was speaking.

    But it’s heartening to know that the batshit crazy Republicanism trait isn’t heritable, even if the voice is! Junior may yet redeem the family’s reputation.

    …I wonder how he feels about the current effort to name the entire planet and all possible subdivisions of it after his father. Must be weird.

    b&

    • Posted May 14, 2014 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

      That’s what I was going to imply: Ron Reagan Jr.: more evidence that batshit conservatism is not genetic. (or at least not a dominant trait)

      But you have given me a little idea on a campaign to deface some highway signs going through this county. Just stencil “Jr.” on them.

      (we have one of these signs on I-25 through town here… couldn’t find an example at the moment)

    • moarscienceplz
      Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

      I think you’re thinking of Dick Van Dyke on Diagnosis Murder. Can’t think of the son’s name at the moment.

      • moarscienceplz
        Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:15 pm | Permalink

        Just looked it up. It’s Barry Van Dyke.

        • Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

          Yes — thank you!

          …they say it’s the mind that goes second…never could remember what it is that goes first….

          b&

          • Filippo
            Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

            Hitch: “Once I determined that my male member would give me no peace, I resolved to give it no rest.”

            • Torbjörn Larsson, OM
              Posted May 15, 2014 at 8:15 am | Permalink

              Hear, hear!

    • moarscienceplz
      Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

      “I wonder how he feels about the current effort to name the entire planet and all possible subdivisions of it after his father.”

      I wish we could contact The Gipper himself and ask him what he thinks of how the Tea Party is trying to remake him in their own image.

      • infiniteimprobabilit
        Posted May 15, 2014 at 1:44 am | Permalink

        That site has got to be a spoof. Like The Onion or Landover Baptist Church. Doesn’t it?
        Please tell me they’re not serious.

        • Posted May 15, 2014 at 6:37 am | Permalink

          They’re not serious.

          And neither am I, sadly….

          b&

    • Filippo
      Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:20 pm | Permalink

      A bit of website bloviation: “Reagan’s leadership . . . a resounding impact on the lives of citizens hear at home and individuals worldwide . . . policies led us out of double-digit inflation, twenty percent plus interest rates, and double-digit unemployment.”

      Not one word about his effect on the federal deficit, or about Grenada or the Iran-Contra tomfoolery.

      • moarscienceplz
        Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

        How about the fact that the double-digit inflation was ended by the deliberate imposition of the twenty percent plus interest rates by Paul Volker? Reagan tried to make Volker stop, which would have kept us in a stagflation death-spiral.

      • Posted May 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

        …or mining the harbors in Nicaragua, or the long, long parade of administration members convicted, or under indictment or criminal investigation… emptying the mental institutions, gag orders on health personnel re: abortion referrals (I remember that one well… we ignored the presidential orders)… it just went on and on and on…

      • Mark Sturtevant
        Posted May 14, 2014 at 8:52 pm | Permalink

        Seminal in invigorating the view that poor people were welfare parasites…

  10. Posted May 14, 2014 at 3:59 pm | Permalink

    I showed that to a Christian and she ;aughed.

  11. Mehul Shah
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    FFRF founders on Oprah in 1984 :

    • Grania Spingies
      Posted May 15, 2014 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

      Interesting. In 30 years Oprah hasn’t learned a damn thing about non-believers.

    • Diane G.
      Posted May 15, 2014 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

      Anne Nicol, Annie Laurie, and Dan–3 heroes.

  12. moarscienceplz
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Ooh, run this on Fox News! Think of all the head-splodes that would cause!

  13. Greg Esres
    Posted May 14, 2014 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    What’s great about the last line is the note of amusement in his voice. That conveys more than the words do.

  14. S McAndrew
    Posted May 15, 2014 at 2:34 am | Permalink

    I would love to see this ad run during Faux News and Rush Limpy.

  15. Infidel1000
    Posted May 16, 2014 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    Reagan for president!

    “Not afraid of burning in hell”

    Me neither. See you there with all the interesting people!


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