Public Policy

Atheist Groups Denounce Oklahoma’s Discriminatory Adoption and Foster Care Law

Oklahoma City, OK—Five national organizations representing atheists, agnostics, and the religiously unaffiliated—a rapidly growing group comprising of one quarter of Americans—today issued a statement condemning the recently-passed Oklahoma law which permits religiously run adoption agencies to discriminate based on their faith while still receiving taxpayer funding....

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Atheists Denounce Appointment of Christian Supremacist Tony Perkins to Religious Freedom Commission

Washington, DC—In a statement today, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) announced that Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council (FRC), was appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to a two-year term as a commissioner at the USCIRF. During his term, Perkins will remain…...

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Trump Administration Continues Daily Assault on Religious Freedom

Washington, DC—At a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden today, President Donald Trump signed an executive order creating the “White House Faith and Opportunity Initiative,” an office that would further undermine religious freedom and pour even more taxpayer money into religious groups that are free to discriminate, have little…...

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Atheists Decry Federal “Right to Discriminate” Bill

Washington, DC—This week, Rep. Raul Labrador (R-ID) will re-introduce the so-called First Amendment Defense Act (FADA) in the U.S. House of Representatives, a bill that would legalize and permit discrimination—including discrimination at the hands of federal employees—against LGBTQ people and unmarried parents on the basis of religious beliefs. A companion…...

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American Atheists Submits Testimony Opposing Alabama Constitutional Amendment Allowing Ten Commandments

Montgomery, AL—On behalf of its constituents in Alabama, American Atheists submitted testimony opposing HB 144 and SB 181, bills that would seek to amend the Alabama Constitution to ostensibly allow Ten Commandments monuments to be placed on public land. These measures, however, would not change the fact that such monuments…...

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American Atheists Submits Testimony Supporting Conversion Therapy Ban in Maryland

Annapolis, MD—On behalf of its constituents in Maryland, American Atheists assistant state director for Maryland, Samantha McGuire, delivered testimony in support of HB 902, a bill that would protect young people in Maryland from the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy,” a typically religious-based attempt to change one’s sexual orientation, gender…...

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American Atheists Submits Testimony Supporting Conversion Therapy Ban in Maine

Augusta, ME—On behalf of its constituents in Maine, American Atheists submitted testimony in support of LD 912, a bill that would protect young people in Maine from the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy,” a typically religious-based attempt to change one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression....

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American Atheists Submits Testimony Supporting Conversion Therapy Ban in Hawaii

Honolulu, HI—On behalf of its constituents in Hawaii, American Atheists submitted testimony in support of SB 270, a bill that would protect young people in Hawaii from the dangerous practice of “conversion therapy,” a typically religious-based attempt to change one’s sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression....

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