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Atheist Leader Calls Contraception a 'Constitutional Right' & Dubs the Bible a 'Grim Fairy Tale'


"We choose the doctrine of immaculate contraception."

FFRF co-presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker (Photo Credit: TheBlaze)

One of the main forces behind last weekend's atheist gathering, the Reason Rally, was the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), an atheist group headed by husband and wife duo Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker.

This organization, which describes itself as "an umbrella for those who are free from religion and are committed to the cherished principle of separation of state and church," is familiar to Blaze readers, as we've regularly highlighted its legal battles and harsh rhetoric against religious symbols on public property.

(Related: ‘Clusterf**k’ & ‘Mass Cult’: See the Epic Compilation of Atheist Interviews from the Reason Rally)

During the massive secularist rally on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Gaylor and Barker addressed the crowd, using language that both invigorated their non-believing audience and poked fun at people of faith.

During Barker's speech, the FFRF leader engaged in a bizarre performance of atheism-fueled songs he'd like to see performed on children's television shows. Gaylor, though, delved into some starker, more controversial commentary.

"God fixation won't fix our nation, because nothing fails like prayer," Gaylor proclaimed during her address. "And we like to tell pious politicians that it's time to get off your knees."

Gaylor took particular aim at the Catholic Church in both her speech and during an exclusive interview with The Blaze.

"It is disgraceful that our health care reform is being held hostage by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and our message to liberal and nominal Catholics is that it's time to quit the Catholic Church," she said.

Among her organization's accomplishments, she highlighted a full-page ad in The New York Times that, much like her rhetoric, encourages Catholics to abandon their faith. She called it a "speak truth to power" moment and claims that it wasn't meant to be offensive.

"Are we going to choose women and their rights or Bishops and their wrongs?," Gaylor asked. "And we are choosing women and we are choosing secular government. We choose the doctrine of immaculate contraception."

She also called contraception a "Constitutional right" and took aim at Christianity's holiest book -- the Bible.

"We work diligently to ensure religion and the Bible -- that grim fairy tale -- are not invoked in our secular lives," Gaylor continued.

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As we've already highlighted, a FAQ section on the Reason Rally web site reads, "Are we just going to use this opportunity to trash religion?"

"No," the web site promised. "This will be a positive experience, focusing on all non-theists have achieved in the past several years (and beyond) and motivating those in attendance to become more active."

However, both Gaylor and Barker had plenty to say that most certainly fell under the umbrella of "trashing religion."

The Blaze's Benny Johnson contributed to this report.

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