Public Policy

American Atheists Highlights Need for Better Data on Nonreligious Americans and Religious Minorities

Washington, D.C.—Today, the nonreligious advocacy organization, American Atheists, urged the Biden Administration to make federal surveys more inclusive of nonreligious Americans and religious minorities. These comments were in response to a request for information by the Office of Management and Budget....

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American Atheists Expresses Concern About Return of Faith Office to Biden White House

Washington, D.C. — In response to an announcement from the White House that President Joe Biden has signed an executive order reestablishing the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, Nick Fish, president of American Atheists, released the following statement:...

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On Day After Failed Coup, Trump Destroys HHS Nondiscrimination Protections

Washington, D.C.—Today, the church/state watchdog American Atheists denounced the Trump Administration’s latest attack on civil rights, a new regulation that strips vital nondiscrimination protections from Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) grant programs....

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With Homeschooling on the Rise, New Report Spotlights Lack of Regulations to Protect Homeschooled Children from Abuse

Washington, DC—With homeschooling on the rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the civil rights watchdog American Atheists is sounding the alarm on the lack of state-level laws protecting homeschooled children from child abuse and educational neglect....

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New Report Forecasts Wave of Christian Nationalist Bills to Hit State Legislatures in 2021

Washington, DC—Today, the religious equality organization American Atheists sounded the alarm on an upcoming wave of Christian nationalist state-level bills in 2021....

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New COVID Relief Bill to Enrich Wealthy Megachurches with Second Round of Government Funding

Washington, D.C.—Today, the watchdog organization American Atheists denounced Congress for intentionally excluding church/state separation protections from the new $900 billion coronavirus relief bill, H.R. 133, while authorizing special exemptions for religious organizations....

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Trump Administration Destroys Religious Freedom Protections Across Ten Federal Agencies

Washington, D.C.—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists denounced the Trump Administration’s announcement today that it would strip nondiscrimination and religious freedom protections for Americans receiving taxpayer-funded services from religious providers....

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Department of Labor Greenlights Employment Discrimination in the Name of Religion

Washington, D.C.—December 7, 2020—Today, American Atheists denounced the U.S. Department of Labor’s new regulation that expands federal contractors’ ability to discriminate based on religion. More specifically, the new rule allows nominally religious organizations—and even for-profit corporations—to qualify for discriminatory religious exemptions. The new rule not only expands which employers can…...

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