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Oppose Religious Exemptions that Help Spread COVID-19

During this crisis, many state governors have wisely issued executive orders or guidelines that limit the size of gatherings, encourage social distancing, and limit nonessential activities to protect public health and prevent the spread of potentially deadly coronavirus....

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Government to Pay Pastor Salaries in $350 Billion Small Business Aid Package

Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog organization American Atheists denounced the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s recently released regulations and guidance on the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act as an unconstitutional giveaway to houses of worship that is ripe for abuse....

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Amid Coronavirus, Governor Whitmer Must Close Dangerous House of Worship Loophole

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s leadership throughout the ongoing public health emergency has been an exemplar of competence and responsiveness. Her actions have given me confidence that my family and loved ones are in good hands....

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Sorry, Senator Hawley. It’s Unconstitutional to Bail Out Churches with $350 Billion Small Business Aid.

Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious freedom watchdog organizations American Atheists, Center for Inquiry (CFI), Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), and Secular Coalition for America (SCA) corrected Senator Josh Hawley’s claim that “the SBA [Small Business Administration] is WRONGLY telling churches and lenders that churches and religious nonprofits don’t qualify for the…...

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$350 Billion Relief Fund Is For Businesses, Not Unaccountable Churches

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists, joined by seven civil rights and religious freedom organizations, provided guidance to the Small Business Administration (SBA) on ensuring that funding programs created by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act are administered constitutionally. ...

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Let’s Not Forget the Trump Administration Has Spent Years Attacking Public Health in the Name of Religion

Last week, Donald Trump announced his intention to reopen the United States by Easter despite health experts’ warnings (although he’s since walked back his comments). “It’s such an important day for other reasons,” Trump said in an attempt to ingratiate himself further with his evangelical base, imbuing this deadly decision…...

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Atheists Oppose Rolling Back Housing Protections for Nonbelievers and Minorities

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists submitted comments to the Department of Housing and Urban Development, opposing the rollback of religious freedom protections for atheists, women, LGBTQ people, and other groups....

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Senator Rubio Pledges Government Handout to Churches in $2 Trillion Coronavirus Stimulus Package

Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog organization American Atheists denounced Senator Marco Rubio’s promise of a “cash injection” to churches amid the coronavirus crisis....

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