American Atheists closely monitors state and federal legislation which affects our constitutional rights and the wall of separation between religion and government. Some of these bills advance religious equality, while others foster discrimination or create special privileges for religious people and organizations.

This map shows where legislation relevant to our issues has been filed. Select a state to see a list of bills currently being considering during the state’s legislative session. Click on a bill to read more about it, including sponsors, latest action, and bill status.

The bills included on the map below are just a fraction of the legislation we’re tracking.

Bills marked with red highlights are negative bills, while those marked with green highlights are positive bills. Unmarked bills are legislation that American Atheists is monitoring but has not taken a position on.

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Recent Actions

Atheists: Protect Massachusetts Children from Forced Child Marriage

Boston, MA—Today, American Atheists, writing on behalf of its over 1,000 constituents in Massachusetts, demanded an end to forced child marriage.

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Atheists: “In God We Trust” School Displays Misinform and Harm Children

Frankfort, KY—Today, American Atheists and Kentucky atheist groups denounced the state’s new “In God We Trust” school display requirement as harmful to children. With 42% of 13 – 18 years…

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American Atheists Supports Letting D.C. Minors get Vaccinated without Consent of Religious Parents

⁠Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists’ Vice President for Legal and Policy Alison Gill submitted testimony supporting B23-171. This DC bill would give minors the choice to be vaccinated without parental consent.

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Atheists Tell Pennsylvania to End Forced Child Marriage

Harrisburg, PA—Debbie Goddard, Vice President for Programs at American Atheists, wrote in support of SB 81. This bill would end forced child marriage in Pennsylvania.

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Our Core Values


American Atheists opposes any law that gives special treatment to religious individuals or religious organizations. This includes laws that exempt businesses from civil rights legislation on the basis of owners’ religious beliefs.

Evidence-Based Policy

American Atheists believes that the best scientific evidence available to policymakers and shared humanistic values that cross religious lines should be the driving force behind all laws, rather than religious dogma.

Government Neutrality

A government that remains neutral on religious matters is the best protection of religious freedom for all. Requiring displays of religious slogans such as “In God We Trust” in schools or public buildings is inherently divisive.