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Trump Administration’s Church Bailouts Cost Taxpayers $6-10 Billion, American Atheists Reveals

Washington,D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog organization American Atheists announced that the Trump Administration has spent at least $6 to $10 billion unconstitutionally bailing out houses of worship under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) run by the Small Business Administration (SBA)....

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Supreme Court Forces Montana to Fund Religious Schools, Destroying Foundation of Church-State Separation

Washington D.C.—Today, the church-state separation watchdog American Atheists condemned the Supreme Court’s Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue ruling as an attack on the constitutional principle of religious freedom. The 5-4 decision severely limits the no-aid-for-religion clause in Montana’s and 30 other states’ constitutions....

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Atheists: Supreme Court Abortion Ruling is “A Victory for Religious Freedom”

Washington, D.C.—Today, the Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision upheld abortion rights, striking down the Louisiana law that requires doctors who provide abortion care to have admitting rights at nearby hospitals....

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DeVos Forces Schools Districts to Divert Public School Dollars to Private Religious Schools

Washington, D.C.—Today, Secretary Betsy DeVos’s announced that the Department of Education will force local school districts to redirect a portion of federal funding intended to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic from public schools to private, religious schools....

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TN Governor Lee Signs Most Extreme Church Release Time Bill in the Nation

Nashville, TN—Today, the national religious equality watchdog organization American Atheists denounced Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s decision this week to sign the most extreme church release time bill in the country. HB 2542/SB 2473 will force public schools to excuse students from class for one hour each school day for outside…...

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Trump Administration Not to Provide Full Transparency on Church Bailouts, American Atheists’ Investigation Continues

In response to the Trump Administration’s decision to provide only limited disclosure on the church bailouts under the nearly $700 billion Paycheck Protection Program, Nick Fish, president of American Atheists, released the following statement:...

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American Atheists Launches Investigation into Trump Administration’s Secretive Church Bailouts

Washington D.C.—Today, the church/state watchdog organization American Atheists announced it is investigating the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s church bailouts, as part of the nearly $700 billion Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)....

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American Atheists Praises Pro-LGBTQ Supreme Court Decision, But Fight for Full Equality Continues

Cranford, NJ—Today, the Supreme Court ruled in a 6–3 decision that LGBTQ workers are protected from discrimination by Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964....

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