Legal

Air Force Academy makes “so help me God” optional in cadet oath

American Atheists supports this decision and sees this as a step in the right direction, but separation of religion and government still has a long way to go. The Air Force Academy should take out the “god” part altogether, and/or make it optional for those cadets who opt *in.* Under…...

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Atheists Threaten Separation of Church & State Lawsuit Against Montgomery, Alabama

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists has dispatched a letter (see below) to the Hon. Todd Strange, Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, and to Montgomery Police Chief Kevin Murphy alleging that the city’s “Operation Good Shepherd” is unconstitutional, demanding the program cease immediately. The letter arrives on Tuesday. The program uses volunteer Christian pastors…...

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A major step toward marriage equality in New Jersey

Today is a landmark day for equality in American history: Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson ordered state officials in New Jersey to begin officiating marriages for gay couples beginning October 21. Governor Chris Christie said he will appeal, all the way to the state’s Supreme Court if necessary. We’re not finished…...

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The Pledge of Allegiance Goes to Court

Today marks an important step in the fight for equality and separation of religion and government. David Niose, immediate past President of the American Humanist Association and attorney for “John and Jane Doe,” begins oral arguments today before the Massachusetts Supreme Court....

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NJ Commission Reverses Decision on Atheist License Plate

Cranford, NJ—As public backlash was growing, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission reversed its decision on Wednesday, approving American Atheists President David Silverman’s application for custom license plates reading “ATHE1ST.”  American Atheists, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, is a national non-profit dedicated to fighting discrimination against atheists. On…...

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American Atheists President David Silverman files appeal for denied custom New Jersey “ATHE1ST” license plate

See bottom of page for links to current news coverage of this story. UPDATE ON THIS STORY IS HERE — Despite previously approving such custom license plates as “1M2SEXY,” “CLIMAXX,” “IAMGOD,” and “BIOCH,” the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission denied American Atheists President David Silverman’s application for a custom license…...

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Atheists Applaud Supreme Court for DOMA, Prop 8 Decisions

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists joins advocates nationwide Wednesday in celebrating the Supreme Court’s announcement finding Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional on equal protection grounds for singling out certain types of legal marriages for unequal treatment, thereby requiring the federal government to recognize legal marriages of same-sex…...

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Join us on Saturday, June 29 for the unveiling of America’s first-ever atheist-sponsored monument on government property

On Saturday, June 29, American Atheists will unveil America’s first-ever atheist-sponsored monument to be placed on government property. The unveiling will take place in Starke, Florida in the Free Speech Forum in front of the Bradford County Courthouse. The unveiling is open to the public and we would love to…...

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