Legal

Atheists: No More Religious Exemptions to Discriminate on College Campuses

Washington DC—American Atheists wrote in opposition to a proposed rule that would let religious schools completely and spontaneously exempt themselves from Title IX nondiscrimination protections....

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Christian Supremacist State Senator Is No-Show in Court

Little Rock, AR—State Senator Jason Rapert, who blocked his atheist constituents from public forums on social media, failed to appear in court today to defend his unconstitutional actions....

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Atheists to Park Departments: Stop Unconstitutionally Promoting Trips to Religious Attractions

Williamstown, KY—American Atheists has sent letters to two park and recreation departments, demanding that they cease promoting upcoming trips to Answers in Genesis’ Creation Museum and Ark Encounter....

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Atheists Seek Preliminary Injunction and Restraining Order in Arkansas Free Speech Lawsuit

LITTLE ROCK, AR—Today in federal court, American Atheists filed a motion for a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order against Arkansas State Senator Stanley Jason Rapert in the civil rights lawsuit alleging that Rapert regularly violates the rights of his atheist constituents by blocking them on social media....

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American Atheists Demands CT Town Stop Religious Favoritism in Holiday Displays

BETHEL, CT—Today, the American Atheists Legal Center (AALC) sent a letter to the Town of Bethel, Connecticut, asking the Board of Selectmen to rescind a recent decision permitting a nativity scene to be the only winter display erected in P.T. Barnum Square, a public park in the town....

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American Atheists Statement on Acting Attorney General’s Views on Religious Tests for Judges

CRANFORD, NJ—During a panel discussion between Iowa candidates for Senate in 2014, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker explained his preference for federal judges that have a “biblical view of justice” and that he would look for judges who were “people of faith.” He went on to say that if judges…...

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Atheists Warn Indiana School About Staff Leading Prayer Event

ELKHART, IN—Today, in a letter addressed to Elkhart Community Schools and the Elkhart, Indiana, Police Department, American Atheists demanded that the agencies take action to ensure staff compliance with the Establishment Clause of the U.S. Constitution and the Equal Access Act (EAA)....

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Arkansas State Senator Sued for Violating Constitutional Rights of Constituents

LITTLE ROCK, AR—American Atheists filed a federal civil rights lawsuit today in the Eastern District of Arkansas against State Senator Stanley Jason Rapert for violating the First and Fourteenth Amendments of the United States Constitution and Arkansas state law....

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