Legal

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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Atheists Sue Mississippi Over “In God We Trust” License Plate

Jackson, Mississippi, June 22, 2021—Today, the church-state separation watchdog American Atheists, the Mississippi Humanist Association, and three nonreligious Mississippi residents filed a federal lawsuit against Mississippi over the state’s “In God We Trust” license plate. The complaint accuses the Mississippi Commissioner of Revenue of violating nonreligious people’s freedoms of speech…...

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Supreme Court Rules Discriminatory Religious Practices Outweigh LGBTQ Rights

Washington, D.C.—Today the civil rights organization American Atheists denounced the unanimous decision in Fulton v. City of Philadelphia as a dangerous expansion of religious exemptions that undermine civil rights protections for all Americans. As a result of this case, Catholic Social Services (CSS) will force the City of Philadelphia to…...

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