Legal

Atheist Groups Demand End to Coerced Prayer in U.S. Military

Washington, D.C.—American Atheists and the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) have sent a joint letter to the Defense Department warning against unconstitutional coerced religious observances in the military....

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FEMA Should Stay Out of the Church-Building Business

Washington, DC—Yesterday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) announced that it would change its longstanding policies to allow taxpayer-funded grants to rebuild churches and other houses of worship damaged in natural disasters. This policy change would allow, for the first time, federal funds earmarked for disaster relief to be used…...

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American Atheists Welcomes New National Legal and Public Policy Director Alison M. Gill

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists announced the hiring of Alison M. Gill to serve as National Legal and Public Policy Director. Alison will begin working with American Atheists in January. Alison will be based in American Atheists’ Washington, DC office....

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Atheists File Suit Against NJ County After Government Money Used to Promote Religious Ceremonies

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. District Court in Newark, New Jersey today alleging that the Bergen County Animal Shelter repeatedly devoted government resources to the promotion and performance of religious ceremonies in a county facility, despite warnings from American Atheists against the practice....

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Atheists Threaten Lawsuit Over Johnson Amendment Exemption in GOP Tax Bill

Washington, DC—Following the release of the House Republicans’ tax cut package today, American Atheists threatened a lawsuit if the bill were to become law....

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Atheists File Federal Lawsuit After Student Disciplined, Harassed for Sitting Out Pledge

Houston, TX—American Atheists filed a federal lawsuit today in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, alleging that a high school senior has been subjected to years of harassment by teachers, administrators, and other students because she opted to not participate in the Pledge of Allegiance. The…...

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Atheist Groups Demand Schools Protect Students’ Free Speech Rights, Cease Unconstitutional Pre-Game Prayers

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists today joined with attorneys and leaders from five other national atheist and secular groups to demand that Bossier Parish Schools immediately rescind a policy permitting schools to punish students who kneel during the playing of the national anthem before sporting events, and also that the district end…...

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Threat Against Anthem Protesters Puts Louisiana Superintendent in Hot Water

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists today sent a demand letter to Bossier Parish Schools (Louisiana) Superintendent Scott Smith, shown above, demanding that he retract a district policy highlighted by national news coverage that requires student athletes to stand for the National Anthem or face discipline....

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