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Atheists File Suit Against NJ County After Government Money Used to Promote Religious Ceremonies

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey today alleging that the Bergen County Animal Shelter repeatedly devoted government resources to the promotion and performance of religious ceremonies in a county facility, despite warnings from American Atheists against the practice....

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Amended GOP Tax Bill Still Destroys Johnson Amendment

Washington, DC—Today, in a party line vote, the House Ways and Means Committee approved changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would demolish more than 60 years of nonprofit neutrality by allowing all 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches, to endorse and oppose political candidates and wade into partisan politics....

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Atheists Threaten Lawsuit Over Johnson Amendment Exemption in GOP Tax Bill

Washington, DC—Following the release of the House Republicans’ tax cut package today, American Atheists threatened a lawsuit if the bill were to become law....

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Atheists File Federal Lawsuit After Student Disciplined, Harassed for Sitting Out Pledge

Houston, TX—American Atheists filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleging that a high school senior has been subjected to years of harassment by teachers, administrators, and other students because she opted to not participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. The…...

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Atheists Condemn Trump Administration’s ‘License to Discriminate’

Cranford, NJ—In reaction to the Department of Justice’s newly released guidelines about “protecting” religious liberty, American Atheists president David Silverman released the following statement: Jeff Sessions has shown, time and again, that he has no respect for real religious freedom and instead views religion as an excuse to ignore the…...

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Atheists Outraged by Trump Administration’s Expansion of Contraception Exemptions

Cranford, NJ—In reaction to the Department of Health and Human Services’ new rules undermining contraception coverage in the Affordable Care Act, American Atheists national program director Nick Fish released the following statement: These rules allow any business, including huge corporations or even insurance providers themselves, to claim a religious or…...

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Atheist Groups Demand Schools Protect Students’ Free Speech Rights, Cease Unconstitutional Pre-Game Prayers

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists today joined with attorneys and leaders from five other national atheist and secular groups to demand that Bossier Parish Schools immediately rescind a policy permitting schools to punish students who kneel during the playing of the national anthem before sporting events, and also that the district end…...

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Statement from American Atheists President About Las Vegas Shooting

Cranford, NJ—After the mass shooting in Las Vegas that claimed the lives of more than 50 people and injured hundreds, American Atheists president David Silverman made the following statement: My heart breaks for the victims of this horrendous act of violence and for their families and loved ones. I offer…...

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