‘Tis the Season for Reason

Dec 9, 2014

Currently between 17 and 21 percent of science teachers nationally introduce Creationism into the classroom, according to researchers at Penn State. It seems impossible, yet here we are nine decades after the Scopes “Monkey” Trial, and evolution is still on trial even as evidence for its truth is overwhelming.  

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The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science (RDFRS) actively strives to teach the value of science. With awareness campaigns and interactive educational tools designed specifically for the non-scientist, we are increasing understanding of evolution and other natural science.  

Your support has made that possible.

RDFRS is also giving people the tools to critically assess religion, while building online secular communities. We have over 1.5 million website visitors every month and more than 1.1 million loyal Facebook followers from across the globe,  more than any other secular organization in the United States. That translates into impact.

But we cannot do our work without you!

Help us fund initiatives like:

The Scopes Challenge: RDFRS will provide small grants to at least 30  high schools to perform up to three nights of the 1955 play “Inherit the Wind”by Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee. The play fictionalizes the 1925 Scopes “Monkey” Trial and its focused debate on creationism versus evolution. These grants will honor the 90th anniversary of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial.

The Openly Secular project: The Openly Secular (OS) project is an initiative to reduce social animus toward secular americans by getting non-believers to come forward. OS has collected hundreds of videos of regular people and secular celebrities being open about their non-belief. See how coming forward has changed lives, at www.openlysecular.org. And check out at the specialty resources we produced to help family members, friends, employers, and even clergy support the openly secular people in their lives.

The largest barrier to success is funding. We rely entirely on the generosity of donors like you to make these initiatives happen. We have made tremendous strides, but the job of erasing negative stereotypes of non-believers and raising scientific literacy is a big one.

Please give today and help us meet the challenge.

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