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.

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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

Hawaii Discontinues Online Learning Program Full of Religious Propaganda Following Warning Letter from American Atheists

Honolulu, HI—November 17, 2020—Today, church/state separation watchdog organization American Atheists praised the Hawaii Department of Education (HIDOE) for reviewing its online public school programs for religious, racist, and misogynistic content.

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Statement from American Atheists in Response to Joe Biden’s Election as President

CRANFORD, NJ — Following the announcement that Joe Biden has received enough votes to win the 2020 presidential election, American Atheists’ president Nick Fish released the following statement: I congratulate…

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Trump Administration Must Disclose Full Details of $7.3 Billion Church Bailout, Federal Court Rules

Washington, D.C.—11/5/2020—Today, the church/state watchdog organization praised the United States District Court for the District of Columbia’s ruling that the Trump Administration must disclose the full details of the Small…

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American Atheists’ Statement on Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett

In response to the confirmation of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, Nick Fish, president of American Atheists, released the following statement: With today’s vote, the Senate elevated Christian…

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