Statements

Atheists Condemn White-Supremacist Demonstration in Charlottesville

Charlottesville, VA—In response to the demonstrations of white supremacists and neo-Nazis in Charlottesville, Virginia, American Atheists president David Silverman and International Humanist and Ethical Union president Andrew Copson released the following joint statement:...

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Atheists Issue Joint Statement Condemning Trump Administration for Lack of Outreach to Secular Community

Washington, DC—Today four national organizations representing atheists, agnostics, humanists, and secular Americans released statements condemning the Trump Administration’s lack of outreach to the nontheist community. In March 2017, leaders representing American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry, and the Secular Coalition for America sent a joint letter…...

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American Atheists Statement on Nomination of Sam Brownback as Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom

Washington, DC—Today, President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to the position of ambassador at large for international religious freedom. In this position, Brownback will lead the State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom which monitors threats to religious freedom abroad and advocates on behalf…...

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Atheists Condemn Trump’s Anti-Trans Military Policy

Cranford, NJ—In response to a series of tweets from President Donald Trump declaring that trans military service members would be banned from serving “in any capacity in the U.S. military,” American Atheists President David Silverman released the following statement: The President is attacking trans members of our nation’s military, men…...

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Statement About Wasserman Schultz Amendment to Protect the Johnson Amendment in House Appropriations Bill Markup

Washington, DC—Today, in a 24 to 28 vote, an amendment offered by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to protect the integrity of the Johnson Amendment failed during a House Appropriations Committee markup session. The amendment would have removed Section 116 of the bill, a rider that prohibits the IRS from…...

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American Atheists Seeks National Legal & Public Policy Director

Since 1963, American Atheists has protected the absolute separation of religion from government through legal advocacy, innovative education and public relations campaigns, legislative tracking, and community building and engagement. With more than 170 affiliates and local partners nationwide, American Atheists has a network of communities and activists ready to engage…...

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American Atheists Bids Fond Farewell to National Legal and Public Policy Director Amanda Knief

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists announced the departure of National Legal and Public Policy Director Amanda Knief on June 9 after more than five years with the organization. Amanda has served as Managing Director, In-House Counsel, and as National Legal and Public Policy Director during her time at American Atheists....

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Statement on ‘The Most Hated Woman in America’ Film

American Atheists would like to thank the producers of the film The Most Hated Woman in America for shining a light on a passionate, devoted, and tireless advocate for the absolute separation of religion from government. Madalyn Murray O’Hair’s contribution to our nation’s history and the direction of atheist activism…...

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American Atheists Seeks Summer Intern in Washington, DC

American Atheists is seeking a 2017 summer intern to work 20-30 hours a week in its legal and public policy office in Washington, D.C. The student selected may choose whether to be paid the D.C. minimum wage ($10.50, which will increase to $11.50 on July 1) or, if eligible, receive…...

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Atheists Express ‘Grave Concerns’ About Trump’s Supreme Court Pick

President Donald Trump has nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the United States Supreme Court. Judge Gorsuch currently serves on the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals. Gorsuch would fill the seat that has been empty for nearly a year after the death of Justice Antonin Scalia....

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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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Statement on the Attacks in Paris

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists stands in solidarity with the people of France and all those affected by the unspeakable horror of the terrorist attack carried out in Paris Friday night. We mourn for those who lost their lives and offer our deepest sympathies to their families. Attacks carried out by religious…...

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