News & Blog

Atheists Decry Court’s Grant of Religious Rights to Corporations in Hobby Lobby

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists denounced the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Hobby Lobby on Monday that declared a closely-held corporation is a person with religious rights. Using the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the Court ruled that owners of closely held corporations may opt out of the so-called “birth control mandate” of…...

Read more

American Atheists Supports the MRFF

Read American Atheists President David Silverman’s letter here (PDF format): MRFF letter Text of President Silverman’s letter: June 9, 2014 General Mark Welsh: As President of American Atheists, I write to express my outrage at the Air Force’s proposal to weaken regulations in Paragraphs 2.11 and 2.12 of Air Force…...

Read more

Atheists to Host ‘Minorities Matter’ Rally After Nebraskan Mayor’s Outburst

Omaha, NE—Omaha Atheists and the national nonprofit American Atheists announced on Thursday plans for a rally in La Vista, a suburb of Omaha, to be held Monday, June 2. The rally’s theme, “Minorities Matter, Mr. Mayor,” challenges La Vista Mayor Douglas Kindig’s disparaging remarks about the role of minorities at a city-sponsored Memorial…...

Read more

Oklahoma Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Atheists’ Ten Commandments Lawsuit

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists announced on Friday that its lawsuit concerning a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol in American Atheists v. Thompson, et al will proceed as planned after a motion to dismiss was denied by the judge. The 2,000-pound monument, donated to the state…...

Read more

Atheists’ Lawsuit Challenging Special Treatment of Churches by IRS Dismissed

American Atheists announced on Monday that its lawsuit against the Internal Revenue Service in American Atheists v. Shulman was dismissed on standing by the Eastern District Court of Kentucky. The case alleged that the IRS discriminates in its filing requirements for nonreligious nonprofit organizations compared to its requirements for religious…...

Read more

American Atheists Announces World’s First Atheist TV Channel

Stanford, CA—American Atheists President David Silverman announced publicly this week during a speech at Stanford University the launch of the world’s first atheism-dedicated television channel, Atheist TV. The channel will be available through internet-streaming service Roku, which offers devices similar to cable boxes that hook up to regular televisions. The…...

Read more

In Greece v Galloway, Even Kagan Just Doesn’t Get It

After reading both the US Supreme Court’s majority opinion and the dissent in the Town of Greece v. Galloway on Monday about prayers before city council meetings, I was faced with an irrevocable truth–not one of the justices gets it. Is “tradition” really a good reason to support a bad…...

Read more

2014 Convention Live Streaming Now Available!

Good morning everyone! By overwhelming request, we have contracted to make live-streaming of the convention available to those of you who aren’t able to be here in person. Join the conversation on Twitter— The convention hashtag is #AAcon14 Our handle is @AmericanAtheist Although the full convention experience, including the comedy show, costume dinner, Awards dinner, book-signings,…...

Read more