Legal

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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American Atheists and Other Groups Sue Trump Admin for Gutting Religious Freedom Protections in Social Services Programs

New York, N.Y. — Today, American Atheists joined by a coalition of service and advocacy groups filed suit against the Trump administration for rolling back religious freedom protections that required faith-based organizations providing critical, taxpayer-funded services (like food and shelter) to inform recipients of their legal rights to be free…...

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American Atheists and Americans United Sue to Overturn Department of Education Regulation that Forces Universities to Fund Discrimination by Student Groups

Washington, D.C.—Today, the national civil rights organizations American Atheists and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, on behalf of the Secular Student Alliance and a California university student, filed a lawsuit against the Trump Administration’s Department of Education to challenge a recently published regulation that forces universities to…...

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