American Atheists

Today is International Blasphemy Day

Today is Blasphemy Day, one of my favorite days of the year. Blasphemy Day matters because it seeks to educate people about the importance of freedom of expression, even when these expressions are contrary to others’ religious beliefs or offensive to religious people. In the words of Justin Trottier: “We’re not seeking…...

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A major step toward marriage equality in New Jersey

Today is a landmark day for equality in American history: Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ordered state officials in New Jersey to begin officiating marriages for gay couples beginning October 21. Governor Chris Christie said he will appeal, all the way to the state’s Supreme Court if necessary. We’re not finished…...

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It’s September 11

It’s September 11. This is a very difficult day for all of us here today at American Atheists headquarters, and for our affiliate group, New York City Atheists, as well as atheists all around the country. To be frank, I have been avoiding writing this post all morning because I just don’t…...

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The Pledge of Allegiance Goes to Court

Today marks an important step in the fight for equality and separation of religion and government. David Niose, immediate past President of the American Humanist Association and attorney for “John and Jane Doe,” begins oral arguments today before the Massachusetts Supreme Court....

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NJ Commission Reverses Decision on Atheist License Plate

Cranford, NJ—As public backlash was growing, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission reversed its decision on Wednesday, approving American Atheists President David Silverman’s application for custom license plates reading “ATHE1ST.”  American Atheists, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a national non-profit dedicated to fighting discrimination against atheists. On…...

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American Atheists President David Silverman files appeal for denied custom New Jersey “ATHE1ST” license plate

See bottom of page for links to current news coverage of this story. UPDATE ON THIS STORY IS HERE — Despite previously approving such custom license plates as “1M2SEXY,” “CLIMAXX,” “IAMGOD,” and “BIOCH,” the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission denied American Atheists President David Silverman’s application for a custom license…...

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82-Year-Old Arctic Adventurer Barbara Hillary Will Speak at Atheist Convention

Barbara Hillary, the first black woman to reach the North Pole as well as the oldest woman to reach both poles, will speak at the American Atheists National Convention in Salt Lake City on Easter weekend next April, the national nonprofit announced Tuesday. Hillary became fascinated with arctic travel after retiring…...

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Atheists Distribute Books in Georgia State-Owned Park Cabins

Beginning Wednesday, visitors to Georgia State Parks vacationing in government-owned rental cabins can read atheist books during their stay courtesy of American Atheists. The national non-profit announced that its former President, Ed Buckner, will distribute hundreds of donated copies of atheist literature to the Red Top State Park for placement…...

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