Ron Reagan, the college-dropout son of President Ronald Reagan who began refusing to go to church when he was 12 years old, appeared in a television ad beseeching viewers to send money to an atheist organization on Comedy Central on Thursday night.
The commercial, produced by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, was scheduled to run during episodes of “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report,” according to a press release obtained by The Daily Caller.
In the 30-second ad, Reagan, a life-long atheist and a ballet dancer, tells America that he is worried sick that religious people may have a say in the laws under which Americans must live.
“Hi, I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist,” the son of America’s greatest conservative president says, “and I’m alarmed by the intrusion of religion into our secular government.”
The leftist presidential scion then gets to the heart of the matter: an appeal for cash.
“That’s why I’m asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nation’s largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation.”
He signs off: “Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell.”
Reagan, 56, was expelled from a fancypants, private prep school in California as a teenager. He also spent a semester at Yale University before quitting to pursue his dream of becoming a ballet dancer.
He later tried his hand at television and radio stardom. “The Ron Reagan Show,” a syndicated late-night talk show, failed after a short-lived run in the early 1990s. Another show on the failed progressive radio station Air America lasted a couple years until Air America liquidated itself in 2010 following a Chapter 7 bankruptcy.
The Freedom From Religion Foundation is a nonprofit based in Madison, Wis. that bills itself as America’s biggest gaggle of atheists and agnostics.
Reagan, an honorary director of the organization, has said he believes his godless convictions make him unfit for public office.
“I would be unelectable,” he told The New York Times in 2004. “I’m an atheist. As we all know, that is something people won’t accept.”