Legal

Supreme Court Could Make the Protestant Flag a Common Sight at Government Buildings Across the Country

Washington, D.C.—American Atheists has joined Americans United for Separation of Church and State in filing an amicus brief in the Supreme Court case Shurtleff v. Boston. The organizations urge the Justices to refrain from forcing the Boston government to fly the Christian Flag, also known as the Protestant Flag....

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Texas Teacher Who Harassed Nonreligious Student Loses Appeal

Houston, TX—Today, the church-state watchdog American Atheists announced yet another victory in its lawsuit on behalf of a nonreligious student whose teacher harassed, disciplined, and retaliated against her for sitting out the Pledge of Allegiance....

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Atheists to Supreme Court: A Religiously Neutral Education is Not Discriminatory and Not an Excuse to Fund Christian Schools

Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog American Atheists filed an amicus brief in Carson v. Makin, a Supreme Court case that could force Maine taxpayers to fund Christian schools....

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Atheists to the Supreme Court: Don’t Allow Lawmakers to Limit Abortion and Force Their Religion onto Patients

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists joined the Freedom From Religion Foundation in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court for the upcoming case Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The organizations are calling on the Court to keep abortion care legal in Mississippi before viability, defined as up to 24 weeks…...

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Michigan Court Prioritizes Four Students’ Religious Beliefs over 20,000 Students’ Lives

Grand Rapids, MI—On Tuesday, a federal judge blocked Western Michigan University’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement that applies to all student athletes. District Judge Paul Maloney granted a temporary restraining order on behalf of four soccer players who claimed they deserve special rights as religious students....

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Atheists to Federal Court: Do Not Let Employers Impose Religious Codes of Conduct on Employees’ Children

In an amicus brief filed today in Slattery v. Cuomo, American Atheists urged the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to not let religious employers meddle in the health care decisions of employees and even fire them if their children violate the organization’s religious rules....

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American Atheists and Americans United Applaud U.S. Dept. of Education Plan to Reconsider Forcing Universities to Fund Discrimination by Religious Student Groups

Washington, D.C.—Today, the U.S. Department of Education announced that it is reviewing and anticipates rescinding parts of a regulation enacted by the Trump administration that, among other things, forces universities to financially support religious student groups that discriminate....

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American Atheists Wins New Victory on Behalf of Harassed Nonreligious Student

Houston, TX—Today, the church/state watchdog American Atheists announced a new victory in its lawsuit against a teacher who harassed, disciplined, and retaliated against a nonreligious high school student for sitting out the Pledge of Allegiance. On Tuesday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals refused to grant the teacher qualified immunity....

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