American Atheists advocates for science- and reason-based public policy and defends the absolute separation of religion and government. Since 1963, we have fought for equality under the law for all Americans, regardless of religion, and an end to the promotion of religious dogma in our nation’s laws.

We’re Standing For:

LGBT EQUALITY

ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE

PROTECTING PUBLIC EDUCATION

Our Vision

American Atheists envisions a world in which public policy is made using the best evidence we have rather than religious dogma and where religious beliefs are no longer seen as an excuse for bigotry or cause to receive special treatment from the government. We fight for religious equality for all Americans by protecting what Thomas Jefferson called the “wall of separation” between state and church created by the First Amendment.

We strive to create an environment where atheism and atheists are accepted as members of our nation’s communities and where casual bigotry against our community is seen as abhorrent and unacceptable. We promote understanding of atheists through education, outreach, and community building and work to end the stigma associated with being an atheist in America.

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Thanks in part to the work of American Atheists, the number of atheists in the United States continues to grow and attitudes toward atheists are shifting. However, misconceptions about atheists still exist and members of our community still face discrimination at home, work, and school. Help us continue to elevate atheists and educate the public about atheism by making a tax-deductible gift today.

Latest News

Supreme Court Okays Religious Proselytizing by Public School Staff

Washington D.C.—Today, the church-state separation watchdog American Atheists expressed shock and disgust at the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision in Kennedy v. Bremerton to allow staff-led prayer in the public school…

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American Atheists Denounces Supreme Court’s Decision Ending Constitutional Right to Abortion

Washington D.C. — Following the Supreme Court’s 6–3 decision in Dobbs v.  Jackson Women’s Health Organization overturning almost 50 years of precedent protecting the constitutional right to abortion, American Atheists…

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Supreme Court Forces Maine to Fund Christian Schools, Undoing Centuries of Precedent

Washington, D.C.—Today, the church-state separation watchdog American Atheists condemned the Supreme Court’s 6–3 ruling in Carson v. Makin, which forces Maine to financially support discriminatory Christian schools—and Christianity itself.

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American Atheists Responds to Leaked Supreme Court Opinion Destroying Abortion Rights

Cranford, NJ — In response to reporting about a leaked draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion by Justice Samuel Alito that would overturn Roe v. Wade, American Atheists President Nick Fish…

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