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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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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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Coming Out as LGBTQ, Coming Out as Atheists

This blog post was written by Nick Fish and Alison Gill in celebration of the 30th Annual National Coming Out Day....

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The Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision Was a Strike Against Religious Equality and Free Speech

Since its issuance on June 4, there has been much focus on the scope and meaning of the Supreme Court’s Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. While we won’t exhaustively discuss the details of the case or the court’s decision (you can get that here), we’d like to examine…...

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American Atheists Intern Amanda Scott Helped Protect Atheists, Church-State Separation Over the Summer

Six years ago I read a local news story about a police department in my home state of Alabama proposing a program that would allow first-time offenders to attend church in lieu of serving a full jail sentence. I saw how people in my community were applauding this decision for…...

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Walgreens: Prioritizing Dogma Over Healthcare

After a Walgreens pharmacy in Albuquerque, NM refused to fill a young woman’s prescription for birth control, the ACLU of New Mexico and the Southwest Women’s Law Center filed complaints with the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, alleging that the refusal was a form of sex discrimination....

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Bake a Cake—And Be Religious Too!

Apparently, not all bakers want everyone to sample their cakes. There are two high-profile cases in Oregon and Colorado that revolve around cake makers who refused to bake cakes for the weddings of same-sex couples. The bakers in both cases based their refusals on their religious beliefs. I am not…...

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December 5: The 80th anniversary of the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States

Today marks the 80th anniversary of a hard-fought and significant victory for separation of religious “morality” from government enforcement. On December 5th, 1933, the Twenty-First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States passed, repealing the Eighteenth Amendment and ending national prohibition of the sale, production, importation, and transportation of…...

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