Public Policy

37 Civil Rights Organizations Ask Department of Education to Ensure Protections for Religious Minority and Nonreligious Students in Collecting Civil Rights Data

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists joined 36 other civil rights organizations in offering improvements to how the U.S. Department of Education plans to collect civil rights data about students....

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Department of Education Could Put Atheist Students in Harm’s Way

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists warned the U.S. Department of Education that its proposal to collect religious bullying data could result in anti-atheist bullying....

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Atheists Denounce DeVos’ Plan to Enrich Religious Schools

Washington, D.C.—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists denounced Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’s plan to force school districts to redirect coronavirus relief funds from public schools to private, religious schools....

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Organizations Call Upon Congress to Protect Church/State Separation in COVID-19 Relief Bill

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists was joined by seven civil rights organizations in urging Congress to include language in the new coronavirus relief bill that would prevent loan forgiveness for billions of dollars that have been used to support religious activities....

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American Atheists and Unchained At Last Push Government to Shine Light on Child Marriage

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists and Unchained At Last, the only organization dedicated to ending forced and child marriage in the United States, wrote to the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) about the agency’s proposed data collection activity on runaway and homeless youth (RHY)....

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Trump Administration Allows Religious Health Care Providers to Discriminate, as U.S. Coronavirus Cases Hit Two Million

Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists denounced the decision by the Trump Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services to finalize a health care rule that allows for increased discrimination amid a global pandemic....

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Trump Administration’s Church Bailout Regulations Force Taxpayers to Fund Discrimination

Washington D.C.—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists denounced the Small Business Administration (SBA) for forcing taxpayers to bailout religious worship, even as the agency increases churches’ ability to discriminate. American Atheists urged SBA to undo the expansion of religious exemptions from basic nondiscrimination laws....

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American Atheists Helps United Nations Understand Nonreligious People as Minority Group

The civil rights organization American Atheists is helping the United Nations clarify the distinctions among religious minorities, particularly concerning nonreligious individuals and communities. The report of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly raised concerns about usage of the term “minority.”...

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