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Atheists Decry Federal Judge’s Outrageous Decision to Mandate Religious Exemptions for School Vaccination

Jackson, MS—This week, Judge Halil Suleyman “Sul” Ozerden of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi legislated from the bench, creating a religious exemption from Mississippi’s long standing requirement that children receive certain routine vaccines in order to attend public schools. “States like Mississippi that do not…...

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American Atheists Sues West Virginia for Forcing Religion on Incarcerated People

Charleston, WV—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists filed a federal lawsuit against the leadership of the West Virginia Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (WVDCR). American Atheists is representing Andrew Miller, an atheist and Secular Humanist whom the defendants are forcing to participate in religious activities in order to be…...

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National Atheist Convention in Phoenix Fights Christian Nationalism and Feeds the Hungry

Phoenix, AZ—On Easter weekend, April 6–9, hundreds of atheists will gather in Phoenix for the 2023 American Atheists National Convention. The event will focus on supporting atheist activism, serving local communities, and fighting back against the rising threat of Christian nationalism, especially in states like Arizona. American Atheists is pleased…...

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Atheists Urge Biden Administration to Protect Social Services Recipients from Forced Religious Worship and Discrimination

Washington, DC—This month, the religious freedom watchdog American Atheists called on the Biden Administration to restore freedom of religion protections in social services, as the Administration has promised. On the proposed rule, American Atheists submitted comments providing expertise and guidance to nine federal agencies: the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Education,…...

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American Atheists Calls for Ending Religious Denial of Care

Washington, D.C.—This week, American Atheists wrote in support of the Biden Administration’s proposal to rescind the Trump Administration’s dangerous denial of care rule. This regulation allows hospitals, doctors, nurses, orderlies, and even insurance companies to cite their personal religious beliefs in order to deny a patient care. “Religion should never…...

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American Atheists’ Statement on NYC Mayor Adams

In response to comments at an interfaith gathering today by New York City Mayor Eric Adams and his advisor Ingrid Lewis-Martin attacking church-state separation and denigrating the nonreligious, American Atheists President Nick Fish released the following statement: The separation of church and state protects the rights of Christians, Buddhists, Jews,…...

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Atheists Applaud Biden Administration for Restoring Critical Religious Equality Protections

American Atheists praised the Biden Administration for acting to restore critical religious equality and civil rights protections for people who receive government-funded social services from religiously affiliated providers....

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Joint Statement Regarding Changes in Board Membership

Today, American Atheists Board Chairperson Jen Scott and Mandisa Thomas, Founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, released the following statements: From Mandisa Thomas, President and Founder of Black Nonbelievers After careful thought and consideration, I have informed my colleagues on the American Atheists Board of Directors that I would be…...

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