Public Policy

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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Atheists Demand ‘Right to Know Act’ for Patients in America’s Religious Health Care System

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists today announced a campaign to enact legislation that would require health care providers to inform patients, insurance companies, and government agencies about any medical procedures and services the provider chooses not to perform because of the provider’s religious beliefs. “Patients must be able to make fully informed…...

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