Legal

Statement from American Atheists President on Jeff Mateer Judicial Nomination

Cranford, NJ—In response to statements made in 2015 by President Donald Trump’s nominee to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, Jeff Mateer, American Atheists president David Silverman released the following statement: In Jeff Mateer, President Trump has nominated a person to the federal bench whose statements…...

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American Atheists Warns Arkansas Schools: Reject ‘In God We Trust’ Displays

Cranford, NJ—Today, in response to a new law that requires Arkansas school districts to post signs that read,  “In God We Trust” in all classrooms, the American Atheists Legal Center sent a letter to all 262 Arkansas superintendents reminding them of their obligations under the United States Constitution and of…...

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Atheists File Answer to Motions to Dismiss in Forced Baptism Lawsuit

Cleveland, OH—American Atheists Monday filed a response to the defendants’ motions to dismiss in a lawsuit in U.S. District Court that alleges a developmentally disabled child was forcibly baptized against the expressed wishes of his parents by a minister and a court-approved mentor. The child, referred to as “V” in…...

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Atheists Warn Kentucky Schools About Potentially Unconstitutional Bible Classes

Frankfort, KY—American Atheists today sent a letter to the Kentucky Commissioner of Education reminding him of the state’s obligations under the U.S. Constitution to discuss religion only in an academic context despite the recently enacted “Religious Literacy Law” which allows the teaching of religion and the use of the Bible…...

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American Atheists ‘Profoundly Disappointed’ by Supreme Court’s Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer Decision

Washington, DC—Today, in a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that churches and other houses of worship are entitled to state funding, undermining the foundation of the wall of separation between religion and government....

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Atheists Threaten Lawsuit After Trump Executive Order Gives Special Treatment to Churches

Cranford, NJ—After President Donald Trump signed an executive order today instructing the IRS to ignore future violations of the prohibition on electoral politicking by churches and religious groups, American Atheists pledged a lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional preference of houses of worship over secular nonprofits, including American Atheists, in the order.…...

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Lawsuit Challenging Pennsylvania House of Representatives Discriminatory Invocation Policy Moves Forward

Harrisburg, PA—A federal district court today has allowed a lawsuit challenging the discriminatory invocation policy of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to move forward. “We’re pleased the court has decided that this lawsuit can continue,” said Amanda Knief, legal director for American Atheists. “There is no question that this policy…...

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Atheists Decry Confirmation of Gorsuch to Supreme Court

Cranford, NJ—Today, after the rules  of the Senate were changed by Republicans to overcome a filibuster, Neil Gorsuch was confirmed as an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court by a vote of 54-45.  American Atheists’ National Legal Director Amanda Knief released the following statement: Since the announcement of…...

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