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Trump: Christian Refugees Will Be Given “Priority”

In an interview with The Brody File at the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), President Donald Trump announced that Christians would be given priority consideration for refugee status in the United States. In the interview, Trump repeated a previously debunked lie that Christians were being turned away while Muslims were being…...

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Atheists Declare Support for Women’s March on Washington

American Atheists is pleased to announce that it is partnering with the Women’s March on Washington, joining a coalition of more than 300 groups, to advocate for the rights of women, LGBTQ people, and religious minorities in the Trump Administration....

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TAKE ACTION: Urge the Senate Reject Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has a troubling record with respect to his understanding of the Establishment Clause, the separation of religion from government in general, and his support for religious groups engaging in politicking from the pulpit in violation of federal law. Even more troubling,…...

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American Atheists Joins Public Education Coalition to Urge Clarification of Trump’s Education Secretary’s Position on Vouchers, Discrimination

In a letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, American Atheists joined with a coalition of more than 60 organizations to urge the committee to thoroughly question President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education about her support for…...

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Atheists Billboards Say ‘Skip Church’ for a Merrier Christmas

Cranford, NJ—In what has become an annual holiday tradition, American Atheists launched two billboards nationwide urging viewers to celebrate an “atheist Christmas” by skipping church. Several of the locations are in southern states to start promoting the solar eclipse convention the atheists will be hosting in Charleston, SC, in August…...

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Trump’s Health and Human Services Nominee a Disaster for Religious Freedom, LGBT People, Women

On November 29, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump announced U.S. Representative Tom Price, of Georgia, as his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. In response to this nomination, Amanda Knief, national public policy director of American Atheists, released the following statement....

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Atheists Express ‘Grave Concern’ About Trump’s Education Secretary Nomination, Voucher Policy

Cranford, NJ—On November 23, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump announced the selection of Betsy DeVos as his nominee for Secretary of Education. In response to this nomination, David Silverman, president of American Atheists, released the following statement:...

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Atheists Call on Trump to Reject Divisive Religious Rhetoric, Policies

Cranford, NJ—On Nov. 8, with nearly 120 million votes cast, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. At the same time, 34 Senate races and 435 House of Representatives races were decided across the nation. In response to these election results, David Silverman, president of American…...

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Atheists Dismiss Lawsuit After City Rescinds $65,000 Grant to Baptists

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists announced today that is has dismissed its lawsuit against the City of Kansas City (Missouri) over a $65,000 grant that the city’s Neighborhoods Tourist Development Fund had awarded in April to Modest Miles Ministries for the 2016 National Baptist Convention in September. American Atheists sued based on…...

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Atheists Sue PA House of Representatives Over Discriminatory Invocation Policy

Harrisburg, PA—American Atheists joined with Americans United for Separation of Church and State in filing a federal lawsuit today challenging a policy prohibiting atheists from offering invocations to open Pennsylvania House of Representatives sessions. The five individual plaintiffs in the case, including two members of Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, an American Atheists…...

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Atheists Reach $41,000 Settlement with Tennessee County Sheriff

Chattanooga, TN—American Atheists and Bradley County and the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office have reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit alleging First Amendment violations of the U.S. Constitution by Bradley County and Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson. As part of settlement agreement, the new official Bradley County Sheriff’s Department Facebook…...

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Atheists Sue Kansas City Over $65,000 Handout to Baptist Convention

Cranford, NJ—Today American Atheists and two Kansas City residents filed a complaint in federal court asking for a temporary and permanent injunction to prevent the City of Kansas City from giving $65,000 to Modest Miles Ministries, Inc. (Rev. Miles is shown above) for the National Baptist Convention to be held…...

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