Co-run by Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker, the FFRF, as you probably know, does lots of good work, especially in the legal realm, enforcing the Constitutional mandate for separation of church and state. Last year they got a federal judge to declare the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional (I still find that amazing); sadly, the Obama administration has appealed the ruling, and the issue is still in the courts.
The FFRF also does all kinds of outreach, especially on campuses, and runs Freethought Radio, the freethought radio show that’s broadcast nationally (you can hear it every Saturday from 11 am to noon). And the FFRF has more than 16,000 members.
The EHNC award is designed to celebrate “‘plain speaking’ on the shortcomings of religion by public figures”, and comes with some dosh, transportation to the meeting in Hartford this October 7-9 (where I’ll give a 30-minute talk), and, most important, this lovely and LOLzy statue of an emperor en déshabillé:
The statue is made right here in Chicago—by the same people who make the Oscar statue! The only thing it’s lacking is the Kazezian rude Gnu-child, mocking the emperor with shouted forced laughter and morally repugnant incivilities. Previous recipients include many of my atheist heroes and pals, including Christopher Hitchens, Dan Dennett, Peter Singer, Richard Dawkins, and George Carlin. I’m immensely honored to be among them.
p.s. Yes, I am aware of the other recipients!