American Atheists

Oppose Dangerous Religious Exemptions in Washington Universities

Sometimes even well-intentioned lawmakers get it wrong, all too often with disastrous results. Washington SB 5166 is one such example. While its intention is to protect religious minorities in colleges and universities, this bill sets up a system of religious exemptions that is ripe for abuse!...

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Atheists: Indiana’s Public Schools Should Not Coerce Students into Religious Instruction

Indianapolis, IN—Today, American Atheists, on behalf of its constituents in Indiana, submitted testimony opposing SB 373 to the Indiana House Education Committee. This bill would undermine the freedom of religion of Indiana’s public school students by coercively encouraging religious education....

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Atheists: Don’t Create Extreme Religious Loopholes at WA Universities

Olympia, WA—American Atheists, on behalf of its nearly 1,500 constituents in Washington, wrote in opposition to SB 5166. This bill would require college and university instructors to accommodate students’ requests for special treatment concerning exams or course requirements, so long as they are framed in terms of religion. Although we…...

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Atheists: Tennessee Should Not Legalize Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Nashville, TN—Today, American Atheists, on behalf of its nearly 800 constituents in Tennessee, wrote in opposition to HB 836. This controversial bill would, under the guise of religious freedom, harm at-risk young people and allow for discrimination in foster care and adoption placement....

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Support Death with Dignity in Connecticut

The Connecticut Joint Public Health Committee is currently considering HB 5898, an important bill that will allow terminally ill people to receive compassionate medical aid-in-dying. This measure would create a patient-driven system that honors the values and beliefs of the individual. By passing this legislation, Connecticut would join the 8…...

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American Atheists Statement in Response to Christchurch, New Zealand Mosque Attack 

Cranford, NJ—Today, American Atheists President Nick Fish released the following statement regarding the mass shooting that claimed the lives of 49 people and injured dozens more in two Christchurch, New Zealand, mosques:...

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Atheists: Maine Should End Religious Exemptions for Vaccines

Augusta, ME—This week, American Atheists, on behalf of its constituents in Maine, submitted testimony in support of LD 798. This bill would repeal religious and philosophical exemptions that prevent children from receiving vaccination....

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Urgent Action Needed! Stop Discrimination Against Atheists in Iowa’s Colleges and Universities

Imagine if religious student groups in public colleges and universities could discriminate against atheists, LGBTQ people, and anyone else they dislike—all while receiving funding from the school! That could soon be a reality in Iowa if we don’t do something about it!...

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