Public Policy

American Atheists Opposes HUD’s Plan to Rollback Housing Protections for Nonreligious Americans

Cranford, NJ—On Tuesday, American Atheists submitted comments opposing a proposed rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that would rollback housing civil rights protections for atheists, religious minorities, people of color, and other minority groups....

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American Atheists Opposes Employment Discrimination in the Name of Religion

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists submitted testimony opposing the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposal to greatly expand the number of federal contractors who can claim religious exemptions, as well as the scope of those exemptions....

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Atheists: Labor Department Rules Allowing Religious Discrimination Are ‘Disgusting, Un-American’

Cranford, NJ—Today, the Department of Labor announced a proposed rule that would allow government contractors to ignore civil rights and anti-discrimination laws under the guise of religion. It is estimated that nearly a quarter of Americans work at employers with federal contracts....

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American Atheists Submits Testimony Opposing Dangerous Religious Exemptions in Health Care

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists submitted testimony opposing the Department of Health and Human Services’ Affordable Care Act 1557 proposed rule that would exacerbate discrimination in government-funded health care....

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Atheists Raise Concerns About Religious Funding in Criminal Justice Reform

Washington, DC—In a letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, American Atheists joined a coalition of secular groups urging the Senate to strike a provision in the First Step Act that funds “faith-based classes or services.”...

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Atheists: The Trump Administration is Undermining Religious Equality

Washington, DC—American Atheists led a coalition of atheist and secular groups in raising serious concerns about how the Trump administration has eroded religious equality, undermining the civil rights of all Americans....

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American Atheists Releases Groundbreaking Report on State Law to Empower Lawmakers and Advocates

Washington, DC—American Atheists is pleased to announce the release of the inaugural State of the Secular States report, which will be an annual comprehensive evaluation of statewide laws and policies affecting the separation of religion and government in all 50 states and the District of Columbia....

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Atheists Denounce Department of Labor’s “License to Discriminate” Directive

Washington, DC—On Friday, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) issued a new directive giving federal contractors broad powers to discriminate under the guise of “religious freedom.”...

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