FFRF celebrates 40th anniversary with a full-page ad in the NYT

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is celebrating the 40th anniversary of its founding by putting a full-page ad in today’s New York Times commemorating “40 years of activism.” Ceiling Cat bless the FFRF, my favorite secular/atheist organization, and if you want to join for a year (and receive the FFRF’s great monthly newspaper), it’s only $40. There are various other options for joining, including a life membership for $1000 (I’d suggest you be no older than 50 for that!). Join here. And tell them that Professor Ceiling Cat (Emeritus) sent you!


  1. Michael Fisher
    Posted April 5, 2018 at 2:34 pm | Permalink

    Post headline incorrect: 30th

    • Ann German
      Posted April 5, 2018 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

      I posted this to my fb page (I know, I know) and asked people to join!!!

    • Posted April 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm | Permalink

      My mistake. Fixed headline, thanks!

  2. Posted April 5, 2018 at 2:49 pm | Permalink

    Should be a sliding scale based on age for the lifetime membership.

    • Flamadiddle
      Posted April 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm | Permalink

      Maybe some kind of…death panel?

    • Diane G.
      Posted April 6, 2018 at 1:03 am | Permalink

      Or one could just look at it as more money for a great cause (and not having to renew every year).

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 6, 2018 at 8:22 am | Permalink

      Actuarially, not really. The benefits of being able to either knock off some of the debt pile for many future decades, or even of making some long-term investments make a big difference to an organisation. Bequests are particularly appreciated, as supporting dead members is not generally terribly expensive.

  3. Posted April 5, 2018 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    I joined at your last mention and did share that it was by your recommendation.

  4. Mark R.
    Posted April 5, 2018 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    I’ve had a dual-household membership for a number of years, though I give more now in the era of Trump and the zealots in his administration.

    A couple weeks ago I got a flyer commemorating their anniversary. I loved all the quotes of praise including yours. You were in mighty fine company there PCC(E)! Don’t know if you happened to see it or not.

  5. Posted April 5, 2018 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    They should celebrate by hiring a new graphic designer.

    • Jeannie Hess
      Posted April 6, 2018 at 7:56 am | Permalink

      Amen to that!

    • gravelinspector-Aidan
      Posted April 6, 2018 at 8:25 am | Permalink

      Do they have a graphic designer? Or does someone just do it as the most capable in that direction of the crew.
      You’ve just talked yourself into volunteering.
      I’ll confess to having no skills in that direction. Though I really do need to do a number of tasks down that route myself.

      • Posted April 6, 2018 at 10:57 am | Permalink

        I do have a degree in graphic design, but it’s been many ages since I worked as one. I would, however, be happy to point out the numerous rookie layout mistakes in that ad pro bono.

        This is not a trivial matter. FFRF does important work and their public image is critical. I not infrequently come across their ads in major publications, and each time cringe at their amateurishness. Such ad space is not cheap, but it’s a waste of money if the message is not conveyed — or worse if FFRF’s goodwill is damaged. There are many excellent agencies in Chicago, and I’d suggest they secure a level of design talent on par with the publications in which they advertise.

        • gravelinspector-Aidan
          Posted April 7, 2018 at 5:04 pm | Permalink

          Oh, having had to do lots of layout work for clients with zero training, I agree that it’s important. But so many clients are unwilling to take either advice or to actually say what they want, but just want you to “get on with it” … one gets tired of headbutting the brick wall. I’m at the stage with the current (putative) clients of the second of three requests for such guidance before giving up. They’ll complain later, and then when I say “it’ll take 3 to 4 days at $500/day” I can point back at the emails in which I pointed this out X months ago. Some fights, you don’t fight to win.

          • Posted April 8, 2018 at 9:54 am | Permalink

            AA’s are always a no-win.

            • gravelinspector-Aidan
              Posted April 10, 2018 at 5:42 pm | Permalink

              “AAs”? After Action ?

  6. Posted April 5, 2018 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    I’m way older than 50 but I became a lifetime member anyway — it wasn’t to save money on the annual subscription!

    And yes, they do a tremendous amount of good work! And, as PCC(e) will attest, they’re such nice people!

  7. Laurance
    Posted April 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been a member for a number of years now. So it’s too late for me to say that Professor Ceiling Cat sent me.

  8. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted April 6, 2018 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    I’ve contributed occasionally to the British Humanist Association, but I’m not really sure there is a parallel organisation in the UK. Or for that matter, the rest of Europe.

    • Posted April 6, 2018 at 11:32 am | Permalink

      Here in Canada we have various humanist organizations, CFI Canada, and a few ad hoc groups like Evidence for Democracy and One School System for Ontario, which are somewhat parallel.

  9. Posted April 6, 2018 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    Just saw them advertising in Scientific American. Unfortunately (I guess) it was using Lawrence Krauss as the “endorsement”.

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