coronavirus

Ohio Lawmakers Sneak Through Dangerous Ban on Closing Churches, Jeopardizing Public Health

Columbus, OH—Today, the religious equality organization American Atheists denounced Ohio’s ban on closing churches during this or any future pandemic. The bill, HB 272, was signed into law yesterday by Governor DeWine. More specifically, the law stipulates that “no public official shall issue an order to close all places of…...

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American Atheists Launches Investigation into Religious Propaganda in Online Public School Courses During COVID-19

Update: Edgenuity reached out to American Atheists on 9/9/2020, explaining that the undermentioned Grade 8 U.S. History class at Cincinnati Digital Academy contained content from Edgenuity’s Grade 11 American Literature class. American Atheists is continuing to investigate how religious content intended to be studied by 11th graders for the work’s…...

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Small Business Administration Must Fix New Rules to Prevent Unconstitutional Church Bailouts

Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog organization American Atheists submitted comments to the Small Business Administration, opposing the agency’s interim final rules for the Paycheck Protection Program because they roll back long-standing constitutional protections for the separation of religion and government....

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Trump Administration to Redirect WHO Funding to Evangelist Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse, Putting Lives at Risk

Washington, D.C.—Today, the church/state separation watchdog organization American Atheists denounced the Trump Administration’s alleged plan to steer nearly $400 million in World Health Organization (WHO) contributions to private organizations, including Franklin Graham’s Samaritan’s Purse....

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Tell the Small Business Administration to Stop Taxpayer Funding for Religious Worship!

The CARES Act, passed by Congress to provide economic stability during the coronavirus pandemic, created a stream of funding for businesses and nonprofits called the Paycheck Protection Program. Unfortunately, however, they did not include important protections for the separation of religion and government. Now, the Small Business Administration (SBA), which…...

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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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