Son of Late Former President Ronald Reagan: I’m ‘Not Afraid of Burning in Hell’

reaganMADISON, Wis. — The son of late former president Ronald Reagan has recorded a radio advertisement in promotion of a prominent atheist activist organization, in which he states that he is “not afraid of burning in Hell.”

Ron Reagan says that he stopped attending church at twelve years old and has long been regarded as an atheist. Recently, he recorded a radio advertisement for the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF), which has been airing this month on the Randi Rhodes Show.

“I’m Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and I’m alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government,” he states. “That’s why I’m asking you to join the Freedom From Religion Foundation—the nation’s largest and most effective organization of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate.”

“Ron Reagan, lifelong atheist, not afraid of burning in hell,” Reagan concludes in the advertisement.

Reagan had been awarded the “Emperor Has No Clothes” award by FFRF in 2009, and is stated to be an honorary director of the organization.

“I imagine some of you have really dark nights of the soul, a lot of theological study. You really went to the mat with this kind of stuff. I feel like an interloper or something,” he stated during his acceptance speech. “At age 8 or whatever, I went: ‘Ah, this isn’t making any sense to me—forget it,’ and didn’t really give it all that much more thought, frankly.”

He then proceeded to explain that he grew up in religious family and attended a Presbyterian church for a time, but announced to his father as a child that he did not wish to go anymore.

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“Dad was clearly taken aback, I mean, this was a bit of a stunner to him,” Reagan stated. “But to his credit, he did not try to force me … but he would try quiet persuasion. And in fact, that’s what he did, at some length.”

The FFRF praised Reagan for recording the advertisement in support of the organization.

“We’re so grateful to Ron Reagan for recording this commercial for FFRF, and for being willing to speak out publicly as an atheist for so many years,” said co-president Annie Laurie Gaylor.

However, others have expressed disappointment with Reagan’s views.

“The apple fell very far from the tree,” one commenter stated. “Hey Ron—they call it ‘eternal torment’ because it goes on for eternity. A long time indeed.”

“This is what an atheist looks like. So sad,” another wrote. “Our God creates this beautiful universe, He sent His Son to save us; He loves us so much. … [Ron’s atheism] is a great American tragedy. This religion known as atheism attracts the sad; lost humans who have the horrible sin of pride that rules them.”

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  • Mark Moore

    Who in their right mind would be afraid of hell? Good for scaring little children though.

    • Dejavu

      I’ve had a NDE like experience. I don’t just believe, I know Hell exists and that Jesus is the only way to Heaven which also exists. I feel sorry for those who are too blind to see their only way of salvation like I once was. An atheist can’t find God for the same reason a crook can’t find a police officer. Once you take your last breathe, all of the rebelion in you against God goes right out the window.

  • Billybee

    Everybody knows that Hell is real….and its entrance is hidden under the floorboards of Santa Claus’ workshop!

    • Dejavu

      After all you believe everything is a big mistake by chance that magically appeared from nothing right.

  • Sister Wanda Johnson

    Hello, my name is Wanda Johnson. I hear what Mr. Ron Regan is saying and as a believer I’m very sad that he got the wrong impression of God. I hear confusion, rebellion,(which comes with the works of the flesh.)hurt and many other things. With all of this going on in Ron it’s hard for him to see or feel the love of God. Our position as believer is to love him and still pray for him, because HELL was meant for the Devil not Gods’creation. Ron please don’t harden your heart, because he wants to come in. GIVE HIM A CHANCE PLEASE!

    Love you,

    Sister Johnson

    • Webb

      Your theology is defective, “sister”. Hell is meant for Satan and his angels as well as those creatures who reject Christ and therefore hate God. Be careful what you believe. Read your Bible.

      • Dejavu

        They will refuse to understand because of their love of darkness not so much that they just don’t believe in God which gave them their conscience they have severed.

  • Deborah Singletary

    MSNBC must have had him sign the atheist clause. Chris Matthews is next.

  • M. A. Reichard-Saeger

    I’m alarmed at the intrusion of atheism into today’s society.
    This ron regan only earns his “awards” and attention because he uses his father’s name. Sad situation.
    How can he believe in hell if he doesn’t believe in heaven? That confuses me.

    • RobH

      “How can he believe in hell if he doesn’t believe in heaven? That confuses me.”
      It’s very simple; he doesn’t believe in hell. He’s not afraid of burning in hell because he doesn’t believe hell is real.

      • http://ChristianNews L. D.

        True, but there are many “Christians” who believe in heaven and not in hell. If they believe in hell, it’s not the weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth kind of hell. You have worldly self appointed church leaders in the name of God declaring so, but Jesus himself spoke often of hell, so it’s just as puzzling to me why professing Christians would believe in one and not the other. I’m just saying that the devil is deceiving many who say they are of the household of faith as well as those who say there is no God, because they are believing “another gospel”.

  • Trish

    For some reason I feel pity for this man. None of us know when our time is up and yet then it’s too late if once dead, we suddenly realise that we batted for the wrong team and that hell is very real and very uncomfortable. Or perhaps it’s a realisation of a wonderful life that we missed out on forever with everything that was perfect, beautiful, loving and happy of this life rolled into one with sheer joy and amazing people.

    I can only liken that realisation after death that one’s fate is forever and instantly sealed in a dark place to the feeling of falling from a high rise building and knowing that I would die and in those moments of terror knowing that there is nothing I can now do to stop myself hitting the pavement or perhaps even, being aware of being trapped in a coffin forever with just an awareness of my loneliness and unhappiness. I don’t wish this experience on anyone.

    We can see and feel love so it stands to reason that the spirit of love lives on after death. It also stands to reason that love and hate will not coexist after this life. If God is love and all things good, then hell must be truly awful of all the worst things the mind can conjure up. Again, I pity this man if that is where he ends up.

  • Chinedu

    Please read!. You see, I love his courage, he stood for his believe. However, I consider him a fool. Why? I will explain. As it stands,only fools talk carelessly over a subject matter they are ignorant of.This young man is currently in a state of mixed feelings: The devil is currently applauding him, at the same time he is yawning and oppressing him b/c he knew a potential hell athlete is on the bench warming up to join the inferno. He has said this in IGNORANCE!. Note, the strength of the oppressor is the ignorance of the oppressed. May GOD save his soul. If you feel i am not making sense, pls let chat; mail me @ [email protected]. I rest my case.

    • http://ChristianNews L. D.

      “I love his courage”? Is this a little ‘tongue in cheek’? What’s there to love in what he has done, because he’s done it to cast a stumbling block to before the weak, and bring persecution to the Body of Christ. These are not mere words, but ideas that can catch like fire in the minds of people. I’m not so sure that he has “courage” in stating this foolish way of thinking. Proverbs warns, “There is a way that seemeth right to a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death”. It’s his unbelief and pride of life that causes him and other unbelievers to state boldly this view of Christianity (I have not heard him criticize any other religion: perhaps he has and I missed it.) There are many who stand against God in their unbelief, boldly, because they have no fear of any consequence for doing so. They are scoffers, not simply questioning to know “what is truth”. They have already decided for themselves their own truth which is leafing straight to hell, as you have very well stated. It does not take courage, but ignorance; yet they are without excuse, because God has revealed himself to humanity, but men love darkness rather than the light. The ignorance that is in them is because they have rejected THE (only) Truth, The Way, and The Life, that was made manifest to the world. While he lives and breathes, he still has an opportunity to come to the knowledge of the Truth, but after death is the judgment. So “courage”? No; just plain folly and pride made him do this.

  • Betty Champlin

    How sad you believe hell is an ok place,once there you will wish you could change your mind, but you can’t! You burn forever without relief for eternity. Please read the 2nd half of Luke 16. Also I challenge you to read the book, 23 minutes in hell by Bill Weise. How can you be so ignorant and blindsighted? God in Heaven loves you so much He gave His life for you and stands with His arms wide open to you,but He will never force Himself on you. It is your choice to choose whether you want to spend eternity in Heaven or hell. I pray you will choose Heaven.

  • Roger

    Too bad, I see and hear you on MSN and you sound like a good person w/charity in your heart. Too bad you don’t think you are a Christian but when your not focusing on religion you sometimes sound like one. I am hopeful for your future you are a good person and you set a good example with your neighbor. Don’t be so hard/or/harsh on yourself.

    Take care..

  • http://terryslibrary.wordpress.com/ Terry Grondahl

    Many of the comments in response to Mr. Reagan have attempted to explain where he is right or wrong. The argument itself makes no sense. Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior. This is where I stand. The journey has been long and hard. But here I stand. Perfect? No, not at all, just a Sinner Saved by His Grace. The Holy Spirit resides where the Holy Spirit has been invited to enter. These are bitter times for human rights as one empowered ideology after another choose to trample the beliefs of others, rather than respect them. In my life I have sat at the beside of many who have died. I think not having God in your life is more uncomfortable than having God. Each person must make their own choice. I think idle talk circumvents the reality. Once this becomes real I think the idle talk will end. The remarks made have been good. Hopefully Mr. Reagan will understand before he dies.

  • Boris B

    Since you don’t believe in Satan, or in Jesus. Jesus talked quite
    a bit about Hell. Jesus died for your sins and shed His precious blood
    so as to save you from the pits of eternal damnation. Jesus wants to
    give you life everlasting. “I am the way, the truth, and the Life”.
    God is love that is why He gives you the choice and freedom to select
    eternal life or to believe Satan’s lies that there is No Evil.