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“Put Patients First Act” Would Protect Americans from Health Care Providers’ Personal Religious Beliefs

Cranford, NJ—Today in response to the introduction of the Put Patients First Act by Representative Barbara Lee (D-CA), Representative Chris Pappas (D-NH), and Senator Patty Murray (D-WA), American Atheists President Nick Fish released the following statement:...

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Indiana Officials Reverse Unconstitutional Decision to Exclude Atheist Group from Holiday Festival, Following Demand Letter

Valparaiso, IN—On Tuesday, Northern Indiana Atheists (NIA), an affiliate of American Atheists, received approval to participate in the community Holly Days celebration after an initial request was rejected. This reversal comes after American Atheists sent Porter County Commissioners a letter on Monday, November 4, demanding NIA’s inclusion and threatening legal…...

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This National Adoption Month, End Religious Exemptions in Adoption and Foster Care!

November is National Adoption Month—a time to recognize the importance of families and lift up the voices of youth in foster care. ...

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Atheists: New HHS Policy a Billion Dollar Giveaway to Religious Extremists

Cranford, NJ—Today, American Atheists denounced the Trump Administration’s new policy that would allow anyone receiving Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grants to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, and religion. ...

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Atheists: The Virgin Islands Must Protect Children from Forced Marriage

Charlotte Amalie, U.S.V.I—Today, the Legislature of the Virgin Island held a hearing on Bill 33-0109, legislation that would prevent forced child marriage. To help put an end to this dangerous religious practice, we submitted testimony in support of this important bill....

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Adoption Discrimination is Unconstitutional, Harmful to Children, say Secular Orgs

Cranford, NJ—Today, American Atheists and other secular organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that religious exemptions in adoption and foster care are not only unconstitutional but also directly harm children....

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American Atheists Opposes HUD’s Plan to Rollback Housing Protections for Nonreligious Americans

Cranford, NJ—On Tuesday, American Atheists submitted comments opposing a proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would rollback housing civil rights protections for atheists, religious minorities, people of color, and other minority groups....

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Atheists: Religion Is No Excuse to Deny Access to Healthcare

In response to a federal court ruling on Tuesday that allows discrimination in the name of religion, American Atheists’ President Nick Fish released the following statement: According to Judge Reed C. O’Connor’s decision, health care professionals can use religion to ignore the Affordable Care Act’s anti-discrimination protections for transgender Americans.…...

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