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American Atheists to Convene in Philadelphia and Pack 24,000 Meals for Locals in Need on Easter Sunday

Philadelphia, PA – Hundreds of atheists and nonreligious people from all over the United States will convene at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel this weekend for the annual convention of American Atheists. The civil rights organization, now in its 60th year, works to protect religious freedom and the separation of religion…...

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American Atheists Celebrates Restoration of Religious Freedom Protections for Recipients of Federally Funded Social Services

Washington, D.C. – Today, American Atheists praised the Biden Administration for its issuance of final rules restoring critical religious equality and civil rights protections for millions of Americans who receive government-funded social services. “The Biden administration has taken a vital step towards fulfilling its promise – and this nation’s promise…...

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Atheists Still Have Concerns About Denial of Care Rule

Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced the release of its new Denial of Care rule, Safeguarding the Rights of Conscience as Protected by Federal Statutes.  President of American Atheists, Nick Fish, said, “The Department of Health and Human…...

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Just-Released Report Outlines Troubling Trend Toward Religious Extremism in State Legislatures

Washington, D.C. — American Atheists released the sixth edition of its State of the Secular States report today. The organization’s annual policy publication is an in-depth analysis of state-level legislative attacks against religious equality and the separation of religion and government. Many of the political forecasts outlined in State of…...

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NY Governor’s Veto of Life-Saving Substance Treatment Bill is Shameful and Misguided

Albany, NY – American Atheists rebuked New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s decision to again veto a life-saving bill that has twice passed in the New York Assembly and Senate with bipartisan support. The Recovery Options Bill (A.5074) would have required that New Yorkers ordered to enter a substance abuse treatment…...

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American Atheists Wins in West Virginia Religious Coercion Lawsuit

Charleston, WV — American Atheists announced today a resounding victory in its federal lawsuit, in partnership with Mountain State Justice, against the leadership of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDCR) in April 2023 on behalf of Andrew Miller, an atheist and Secular Humanist who was forced to…...

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Fort Worth Atheists Launch Billboard Campaign. Lawsuit Continues.

Fort Worth, Texas—The North Texas atheist group Metroplex Atheists has launched a billboard campaign to promote their educational event, “Keep God Out of Our Public Schools.” On Sunday, District Judge Reed O’Connor denied them a preliminary injunction to post banners on downtown lampposts. Nonetheless, the billboard campaign, which will run…...

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WV Court Blocks Unconstitutional Prison Program Targeting Incarcerated Atheist

Charleston, WV — In a sweeping 60-page decision issued yesterday, a federal judge ruled in favor of Andrew Miller, an atheist and Secular Humanist, who has been forced to participate in religious substance abuse treatment activities as a condition for his parole....

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