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Washington: Help Us Close Religious Loopholes in Child Welfare Laws

It’s hard to believe, but Washington state currently exempts Christian Scientists from child negligence laws that require children in the state to be provided adequate medical care. These exceptions endanger children and shield faith healers from liability for letting children die. We simply cannot let this continue. Fortunately, lawmakers in…...

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Atheist Groups Demand End to Coerced Prayer in U.S. Military

Washington, D.C.—American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) have sent a joint letter to the Defense Department warning against unconstitutional coerced religious observances in the military....

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FEMA Should Stay Out of the Church-Building Business

Washington, DC—Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it would change its longstanding policies to allow taxpayer-funded grants to rebuild churches and other houses of worship damaged in natural disasters. This policy change would allow, for the first time, federal funds earmarked for disaster relief to be used…...

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American Atheists Applauds Removal of Johnson Amendment Repeal From GOP Tax Bill

Washington, DC—In a statement late Thursday, Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced that the final version of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (HR 1) will not include a provision that would have permitted churches to engage in electoral politics, after it was blocked by the Senate parliamentarian. The version of…...

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American Atheists Welcomes New National Legal and Public Policy Director Alison M. Gill

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists announced the hiring of Alison M. Gill to serve as National Legal and Public Policy Director. Alison will begin working with American Atheists in January. Alison will be based in American Atheists’ Washington, DC office....

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Atheists’ Holiday Billboards Say “Skip Church” to Avoid Fake News

Cranford, NJ—Continuing its annual tradition of holiday season billboards, American Atheists has launched two campaigns. One urges Americans to skip church to avoid the original “fake news,” and the other advertises their upcoming national convention in Oklahoma City....

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Atheists File Suit Against NJ County After Government Money Used to Promote Religious Ceremonies

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey today alleging that the Bergen County Animal Shelter repeatedly devoted government resources to the promotion and performance of religious ceremonies in a county facility, despite warnings from American Atheists against the practice....

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Amended GOP Tax Bill Still Destroys Johnson Amendment

Washington, DC—Today, in a party line vote, the House Ways and Means Committee approved changes to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that would demolish more than 60 years of nonprofit neutrality by allowing all 501(c)(3) organizations, including churches, to endorse and oppose political candidates and wade into partisan politics....

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