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

Atheists Win Settlement After Suing Christian Nationalist Lawmaker

Little Rock, AR—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists announced a successful settlement against Christian nationalist Jason Rapert. This Arkansas state senator—who is also the president and founder of the…

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Nonreligious LGBTQ Americans Face Heightened Stigma, Especially in Very Religious Areas

Washington, D.C.—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists released a data report entitled Nonreligious LGBTQ People in America. Counting 7,759 nonreligious LGBTQ participants (22.9% of the nearly 34,000-person total sample)…

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American Atheists Wins New Victory Against Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert As Case Heads to Trial

Little Rock, AR—Today, American Atheists celebrated the latest legal victory in its free-speech lawsuit against Christian nationalist Jason Rapert, an Arkansas state senator and failed lieutenant governor candidate.

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Atheists Applaud Biden Administration for Working to Restore Health Care Protections Against Religiously Motivated Discrimination

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists applauded the Biden Administration’s release of proposed regulations restoring nondiscrimination protections in health care included in the Affordable Care Act. 

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