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New Report Forecasts Christian Nationalist Movement’s State-Level Strategy in 2023

Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog American Atheists warned about white Christian nationalists’ likely strategy for 2023, following the midterm elections. This warning draws on the large body of research and trends published today in the organization’s 2022 State of the Secular States report. Now in its fifth annual edition,…...

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Atheists Condemn NY Governor for Forcing New Yorkers into Religious Substance-Use Programs

Albany, NY—Today, the religious equality organization American Atheists denounced New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s surprising decision to veto the life-saving Secular Recovery Bill (A.8163/S.7313). Earlier this year, the New York Assembly and Senate passed this legislation with bipartisan support....

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Statement from American Atheists Board Chair Regarding Board Member Mandisa Thomas

Today, American Atheists Board Chairperson Jennifer Scott released the following statement: ...

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U.S. State Department and Secular Organizations Emphasize Need to Protect Nonreligious People Worldwide

Washington, D.C.—On December 8, the religious freedom watchdog American Atheists held a briefing for Humanists International’s 2022 Freedom of Thought Report at the Hill Center. The report, now in its eleventh edition, assesses every country in the world on the basis of human rights and the legal status of humanists,…...

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Atheists Win Settlement After Suing Christian Nationalist Lawmaker

Little Rock, AR—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists announced a successful settlement against Christian nationalist Jason Rapert. This Arkansas state senator—who is also the president and founder of the Christian nationalist organization, National Association of Christian Lawmakers—discriminated against his atheist constituents and violated their freedom of speech. As part…...

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Nonreligious LGBTQ Americans Face Heightened Stigma, Especially in Very Religious Areas

Washington, D.C.—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists released a data report entitled Nonreligious LGBTQ People in America. Counting 7,759 nonreligious LGBTQ participants (22.9% of the nearly 34,000-person total sample) and organized by a team of researchers at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group, this is the largest study of nonreligious…...

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American Atheists Wins New Victory Against Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert As Case Heads to Trial

Little Rock, AR—Today, American Atheists celebrated the latest legal victory in its free-speech lawsuit against Christian nationalist Jason Rapert, an Arkansas state senator and failed lieutenant governor candidate....

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Atheists Applaud Biden Administration for Working to Restore Health Care Protections Against Religiously Motivated Discrimination

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists applauded the Biden Administration’s release of proposed regulations restoring nondiscrimination protections in health care included in the Affordable Care Act. ...

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