Legal

Atheists Urge Supreme Court to Protect Employees from Discriminatory Religious Organizations

Washington, D.C.—In an amicus brief filed today, American Atheists, the Center for Inquiry, and the American Humanist Association urged the Supreme Court to deny attempts by religious employers to ignore non-discrimination laws on the basis of their religion.  At the center of the consolidated cases Our Lady of Guadalupe School…...

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The Supreme Court Could Blow a Hole in Church/State Separation Next Term

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists warned about Fulton v. City of Philadelphia, an upcoming Supreme Court case that could allow religious organizations broad exemptions and unfettered freedom to ignore nondiscrimination laws. Catholic Social Services, a foster-care agency, is suing the city of Philadelphia, claiming it is entitled to a taxpayer-funded contract…...

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Atheists to Supreme Court: Don’t Open ‘Pandora’s Box’ in Religious Freedom Case

Washington, D.C.—The national civil rights organization American Atheists warned the Supreme Court against a dangerous and unconstitutional expansion of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to include monetary damages in an amicus brief filed this week in the case Tanzin v. Tanvir....

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Atheists: Supreme Court Should Uphold Montana’s Ban on Taxpayer Money Flowing to Religious Schools

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists joined other secular organizations in filing an amicus brief on Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue, the most important church/state separation case before the U.S. Supreme Court this term....

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Indiana Officials Reverse Unconstitutional Decision to Exclude Atheist Group from Holiday Festival, Following Demand Letter

Valparaiso, IN—On Tuesday, Northern Indiana Atheists (NIA), an affiliate of American Atheists, received approval to participate in the community Holly Days celebration after an initial request was rejected. This reversal comes after American Atheists sent Porter County Commissioners a letter on Monday, November 4, demanding NIA’s inclusion and threatening legal…...

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Adoption Discrimination is Unconstitutional, Harmful to Children, say Secular Orgs

Cranford, NJ—Today, American Atheists and other secular organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit arguing that religious exemptions in adoption and foster care are not only unconstitutional but also directly harm children....

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Circuit Court Reaffirms Atheists’ Right to Advertise their Existence

Philadelphia, PA—Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit ruled that a Pennsylvania public transit agency could not unconstitutionally discriminate against atheists by banning their ads on buses....

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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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