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Trump Administration Allows Religious Health Care Providers to Discriminate, as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit Two Million

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists denounced the decision by the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services to finalize a health care rule that allows for increased discrimination amid a global pandemic....

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Tell Governor Lee Not to Force School Boards to Promote Religious Indoctrination

Tennessee lawmakers just passed a bill trying to force public schools to promote religion. This extreme bill (HB 2542/SB 2473) requires that schools allow students to leave class for an hour each day for religious instruction....

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Oppose special privileges for religious activities in Ohio public schools!

The Ohio House of Representatives is close to passing HB 164, an outrageous bill that gives special privileges to religious students in public schools. The Senate already passed this bill unanimously — this may be our last chance to stop it!...

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Ohio’s “Student Religious Expression” Bill Encourages Proselytizing and Interruptions During Class

Columbus, Ohio—Today, the religious equality watchdog American Atheists denounced the Senate’s 32-0 vote to pass HB 164, Ohio’s “Student Religious Expression” bill. This harmful legislation provides special privileges to religious students in public schools, allowing them to engage in religious activities and potentially interfere with the education of other students....

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Tennessee Bill Imposes Church Release Time on All School Districts, Harming Every Student’s Education

Nashville, TN—Today, the national religious equality watchdog organization American Atheists expressed grave concern about Tennessee’s church release time bill (HB 2542/SB 2473). This legislation would force all public schools to excuse students from class for up to one hour each school day so that they can attend outside religious instruction....

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Trump Administration’s Church Bailout Regulations Force Taxpayers to Fund Discrimination

Washington D.C.—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists denounced the Small Business Administration (SBA) for forcing taxpayers to bailout religious worship, even as the agency increases churches’ ability to discriminate. American Atheists urged SBA to undo the expansion of religious exemptions from basic nondiscrimination laws....

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California Bill Would Give Special Development Privileges to Religious Organizations

Sacramento, California—Today, the religious equality organization American Atheists urged the California Assembly Committee on Appropriations to amend AB 1851. This well-intentioned but unconstitutional bill would allow religious organizations to bypass state zoning restrictions. More specifically, AB 1851 would allow a large church to convert a portion of its parking lot…...

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Support Death with Dignity in Massachusetts

For the first time ever, the Massachusetts Joint Committee on Public Health has passed H.1926/S.1208, an important bill that will allow terminally ill people to receive compassionate medical aid-in-dying....

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