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American Atheists Calls on New International Religious Freedom Ambassador to Protect Nonreligious Communities from Persecution

On December 17, the Senate confirmed Rashad Hussain as Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Hussain previously held several high-level positions in the U.S. government, including serving as the Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation under the Obama Administration. In response Hussain’s confirmation, Nick Fish, president of American Atheists,…...

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Texas Teacher Who Harassed Nonreligious Student Loses Appeal

Houston, TX—Today, the church-state watchdog American Atheists announced yet another victory in its lawsuit on behalf of a nonreligious student whose teacher harassed, disciplined, and retaliated against her for sitting out the Pledge of Allegiance....

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Biden Administration to End Trump-Era Policy Allowing Discrimination by Religious Federal Contractors

Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog American Atheists praised the Biden Administration and the Department of Labor for proposing rescission of a Trump-era regulation that allows federal contractors to discriminate against workers on the basis of religion....

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Atheists to Supreme Court: A Religiously Neutral Education is Not Discriminatory and Not an Excuse to Fund Christian Schools

Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog American Atheists filed an amicus brief in Carson v. Makin, a Supreme Court case that could force Maine taxpayers to fund Christian schools....

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Black Atheists Often Feel Forced to Hide Their Beliefs, Resulting in Significant Harm, New Research Finds

Washington, DC—Today, the atheist organizations American Atheists and Black Nonbelievers released Black Nonreligious Americans, a report based on a survey of 891 Black participants, drawn from a larger survey of nonreligious people living in America, organized by a team of researchers at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group....

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Atheists to the Supreme Court: Don’t Allow Lawmakers to Limit Abortion and Force Their Religion onto Patients

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists joined the Freedom From Religion Foundation in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court for the upcoming case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The organizations are calling on the Court to keep abortion care legal in Mississippi before viability, defined as up to 24 weeks…...

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Discrimination is NOT Religious Freedom—Support the Do No Harm Act!

For too long, religious exemptions have created special privileges for religious people and organizations at the federal level....

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Michigan Court Prioritizes Four Students’ Religious Beliefs over 20,000 Students’ Lives

Grand Rapids, MI—On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked Western Michigan University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to all student athletes. District Judge Paul Maloney granted a temporary restraining order on behalf of four soccer players who claimed they deserve special rights as religious students....

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