Legal

Circuit Court’s Anti-Atheist Decision “Indefensible”

Harrisburg, PA—Today, the United States Appeals Court for the Third Circuit ruled that state legislatures may prevent atheists from delivering invocations, reversing a lower court’s ruling. ...

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Bethel, CT’s New Holiday Display Policy is a “Victory for Religious Equality”

Cranford, NJ—Today, American Atheists praised Bethel, Connecticut’s decision to implement a fair lottery for all holiday displays....

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Atheists Call out Betsy DeVos for Trying to Divert Government Funding to Religious Organizations

Cranford, NJ—Today, American Atheists condemned the Department of Education’s most recent attack on the separation of church and state. The department rushed through a final rule, ignoring the required process, to permit school districts to contract with religious organizations....

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Maryland County Punishes Library for Hosting Drag Queen Story Hour, but Atheist and LGBTQ Organizations are Fighting Back

Cranford, NJ—Organizers of a Drag Queen Story Hour came to the defense of a local library, the venue for the event, after the St. Mary’s County Commission removed $2,500 from its budget, allegedly to pay security costs....

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Atheists Call out NYPD’s Preferential Treatment of Catholic Cathedral

New York, NY—American Atheists has demanded that the New York Police Department’s 77th Precinct end its practice of illegally removing vehicles from streets near the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn to provide parking to churchgoers....

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Secular Organizations Warn Florida City about Excluding Atheists from Invocations

Winter Park, FL—American Atheists, the Center for Inquiry, and the American Humanist Association denounced the Winter Garden City Commission’s discriminatory exclusion of atheists from the invocation process in a letter delivered by the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC) to the commissioners....

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The Bladensburg Cross Stigmatizes Atheists and Dishonors Nonreligious Veterans

Washington, DC—American Atheists, in an amicus brief filed with the Supreme Court yesterday, urged the Court to uphold decades of precedent and rule that a 40-foot tall Latin cross on government property is unconstitutional....

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Atheists: State Sen. Rapert “Incompetent or Intentionally Misleading the Court”

Little Rock, AR—This week, American Atheists filed two documents in its federal lawsuit against Arkansas state Senator Jason Rapert. The lawsuit alleges that Rapert’s habit of blocking atheist constituents on social media violates their First Amendment rights....

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