Statements

Trump Administration Covering up Religious Harm to LGBTQ Adopted and Foster Youth

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists condemned the Trump Administration’s proposal to eliminate data collection about sexual orientation in our nation’s child welfare system as another example of the president pandering to his religious base at the expense of vulnerable people....

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Tony Perkins’ Elevation to Chair of International Religious Freedom Watchdog is an Embarrassment

Cranford, NJ—Today, American Atheists denounced Tony Perkins’ appointment as the chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)....

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State Lawmakers Brief Members of Congress on Religious Extremist “Project Blitz” Campaign

WASHINGTON, DC—Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-CA), state lawmakers, and American Atheists briefed members of Congress about Project Blitz, a secretive and widespread Christian nationalist campaign to undermine LGBTQ equality, limit access to reproductive healthcare, and threaten religious equality under the law....

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Atheists: The Every Child Deserves a Family Act would End Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination in Adoption and Foster Care

Washington, DC—Today, American Atheists praised the introduction of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act (H.R. 3114). This bipartisan bill would stop federally funded adoption and foster care placement agencies from discriminating against children, adoptive parents, and families nationwide....

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Alabama’s “Bible Class” Bill as Brazenly Unconstitutional as Abortion Ban

Montgomery, AL—Alabama’s “Bible class” bill is as much of a challenge to established law as the state’s controversial abortion ban, American Atheists announced today. Alabama’s so-called “Bible literacy” bill (SB 14), which passed the House on Thursday, is unconstitutional on numerous grounds. SB 14 encourages teachers to discuss the Bible…...

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Atheists: Proposed HHS Rule Change Will Cost Lives

Washington, DC—Today, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a proposed change to rules governing Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that would roll back non-discrimination protections for transgender and gender nonconforming patients, as well as pregnant women and non-English speakers....

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Proposed HHS “Religious Freedom” Complaint Form Lumps Together Victims of Discrimination and Perpetrators

Washington, DC—Last Friday, American Atheists submitted comments to the Department of Health and Human Services urging them to withdraw “confusing” and “overly burdensome” proposed changes to its civil rights complaint form. American Atheists condemns the changes because they conflate discrimination against patients and religiously motivated denial of service by healthcare…...

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American Atheists Condemns HHS for Putting Religion Ahead of Health Care

Cranford, NJ—Today, American Atheists denounced a new “conscience rule” released by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). This final rule, which will now go into effect, allows health care providers, including hospitals and pharmacies, to deny treatment on the basis of religious disapproval....

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