Public Policy

Atheists Join Coalition Opposing Johnson Amendment Repeal

American Atheists today joined with a coalition of 86 religious, secular, and charitable groups opposing any changes to the Johnson Amendment, the rule prohibiting 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in partisan electioneering and protecting both religious and charitable organizations from political meddling. The letter comes after President Donald Trump promised to…...

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Atheists: Trump’s Muslim Ban Incites a ‘Religious War’ Mentality

American Atheists today announced its opposition to an Executive Order issued on Friday, January 27, by President Donald Trump that stops refugees, visa holders, and legal permanent residents from seven predominantly Muslim nations — Libya, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, and Yemen — from entering the United States and giving…...

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Trump: Christian Refugees Will Be Given “Priority”

In an interview with The Brody File at the Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN), President Donald Trump announced that Christians would be given priority consideration for refugee status in the United States. In the interview, Trump repeated a previously debunked lie that Christians were being turned away while Muslims were being…...

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TAKE ACTION: Urge the Senate Reject Attorney General Nominee Jeff Sessions

President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, has a troubling record with respect to his understanding of the Establishment Clause, the separation of religion from government in general, and his support for religious groups engaging in politicking from the pulpit in violation of federal law. Even more troubling,…...

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American Atheists Joins Public Education Coalition to Urge Clarification of Trump’s Education Secretary’s Position on Vouchers, Discrimination

In a letter sent to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee, American Atheists joined with a coalition of more than 60 organizations to urge the committee to thoroughly question President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Education about her support for…...

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Trump’s Health and Human Services Nominee a Disaster for Religious Freedom, LGBT People, Women

On November 29, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump announced U.S. Representative Tom Price, of Georgia, as his nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services. In response to this nomination, Amanda Knief, national public policy director of American Atheists, released the following statement....

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Atheists Express ‘Grave Concern’ About Trump’s Education Secretary Nomination, Voucher Policy

Cranford, NJ—On November 23, 2016 President-elect Donald Trump announced the selection of Betsy DeVos as his nominee for Secretary of Education. In response to this nomination, David Silverman, president of American Atheists, released the following statement:...

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Atheists Call on Trump to Reject Divisive Religious Rhetoric, Policies

Cranford, NJ—On Nov. 8, with nearly 120 million votes cast, Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States. At the same time, 34 Senate races and 435 House of Representatives races were decided across the nation. In response to these election results, David Silverman, president of American…...

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Atheists: Trump Pledge to Allow Church Politicking is a Disaster

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention Thursday, July 21, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump pledged to end the long-standing ban on churches engaging in political activities....

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Atheists Ask House Majority Leader to Sponsor Humanist Invocation

Washington, DC—In a letter delivered to his office yesterday evening, American Atheists asked House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy to sponsor a humanist chaplain to deliver an invocation before the U.S. House of Representatives....

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Statement from American Atheists about Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

Despite D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Garland’s almost 20 years as a federal judge, his positions on the separation of religion and government, religious exemptions, and on atheists’ equality need clarification. We therefore encourage the entire Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty and proceed with the confirmation process, including open and…...

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Atheists’ ‘Right to Know Act’ Is Introduced in AZ Legislature

Phoenix, AZ—This week Arizona’s House of Representatives became the first legislative body to introduce the Patient’s Right to Know Act. Dr. Randall Friese, a trauma surgeon and professor of surgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, sponsored House Bill 2664. Dr. Friese represents District 9 and is the…...

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