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Statement from American Atheists President on Jeff Mateer Judicial Nomination

Cranford, NJ—In response to statements made in 2015 by President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Jeff Mateer, American Atheists president David Silverman released the following statement: In Jeff Mateer, President Trump has nominated a person to the federal bench whose statements…...

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American Atheists Warns Arkansas Schools: Reject ‘In God We Trust’ Displays

Cranford, NJ—Today, in response to a new law that requires Arkansas school districts to post signs that read,  “In God We Trust” in all classrooms, the American Atheists Legal Center sent a letter to all 262 Arkansas superintendents reminding them of their obligations under the United States Constitution and of…...

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Statement from American Atheists President on Trump Administration Plan to End DACA

Cranford, NJ—In response to the Trump administration’s announcement today that it would suspend the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, American Atheists president David Silverman released the following statement:...

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‘Firebrand Atheist’ Silverman Recognized for Advocacy, Community Building

Atlanta, GA—In recognition of his advocacy on behalf of the atheist community, Atheist Alliance of America presented American Atheists president David Silverman with the 2017 Richard Dawkins Award on Saturday, September 2 at its annual convention at DragonCon. It’s estimated that DragonCon attracted more than 83,000 attendees this year....

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Atheists File Answer to Motions to Dismiss in Forced Baptism Lawsuit

Cleveland, OH—American Atheists Monday filed a response to the defendants’ motions to dismiss in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that alleges a developmentally disabled child was forcibly baptized against the expressed wishes of his parents by a minister and a court-approved mentor. The child, referred to as “V” in…...

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David Silverman’s Opening Remarks at the 2017 National Convention

North Charleston, SC—During his opening remarks at American Atheists’ 2017 National Convention, David Silverman made the following statement. ...

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Atheists Condemn White-Supremacist Demonstration in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA—In response to the demonstrations of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, American Atheists president David Silverman and International Humanist and Ethical Union president Andrew Copson released the following joint statement:...

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American Atheists Intern Amanda Scott Helped Protect Atheists, Church-State Separation Over the Summer

Six years ago I read a local news story about a police department in my home state of Alabama proposing a program that would allow first-time offenders to attend church in lieu of serving a full jail sentence. I saw how people in my community were applauding this decision for…...

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Atheists Launch Billboard Campaign Before National Convention

North Charleston, SC—American Atheists today launched a billboard campaign in the Charleston, South Carolina area to promote its 2017 National Convention from August 19-21 at the North Charleston Marriott. “The number of atheists in South Carolina and across the nation is skyrocketing. But too many people face discrimination and stigma…...

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Atheists Issue Joint Statement Condemning Trump Administration for Lack of Outreach to Secular Community

Washington, DC—Today four national organizations representing atheists, agnostics, humanists, and secular Americans released statements condemning the Trump Administration’s lack of outreach to the nontheist community. In March 2017, leaders representing American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry, and the Secular Coalition for America sent a joint letter…...

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American Atheists Statement on Nomination of Sam Brownback as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

Washington, DC—Today, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to the position of ambassador at large for international religious freedom. In this position, Brownback will lead the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom which monitors threats to religious freedom abroad and advocates on behalf…...

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Atheists Condemn Trump’s Anti-Trans Military Policy

Cranford, NJ—In response to a series of tweets from President Donald Trump declaring that trans military service members would be banned from serving “in any capacity in the U.S. military,” American Atheists President David Silverman released the following statement: The President is attacking trans members of our nation’s military, men…...

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