Atheists Applaud Biden Administration for Restoring Critical Religious Equality Protections
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3w ago
American Atheists praised the Biden Administration for acting to restore critical religious equality and civil rights protections for people who receive government-funded social services from religiously affiliated providers. The post Atheists Applaud Biden Administration for Restoring Critical Religious Equality Protections appeared first on American Atheists ..read more
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Joint Statement Regarding Changes in Board Membership
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by American Atheists
3w ago
Today, American Atheists Board Chairperson Jen Scott and Mandisa Thomas, Founder and President of Black Nonbelievers, released the following statements: From Mandisa Thomas, President and Founder of Black Nonbelievers After careful thought and consideration, I have informed my colleagues on the American Atheists Board of Directors that I would be taking time to focus on my work at Black Nonbelievers and resigning from my position on the board. It has been an honor to serve as a member of this organization’s board and to collaborate so closely with these amazing activists — and friends — who wo ..read more
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New Report Forecasts Christian Nationalist Movement’s State-Level Strategy in 2023
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by American Atheists
1M ago
Washington, D.C.—Today, the religious equality watchdog American Atheists warned about white Christian nationalists’ likely strategy for 2023, following the midterm elections. This warning draws on the large body of research and trends published today in the organization’s 2022 State of the Secular States report. Now in its fifth annual edition, this report provides in-depth analysis of laws and policies affecting church-state separation and religious equality in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and Washington, D.C. “White Christian nationalism is unpopular to a majority of Americans. At the nation ..read more
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Atheists Condemn NY Governor for Forcing New Yorkers into Religious Substance-Use Programs
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by American Atheists
1M ago
Albany, NY—Today, the religious equality organization American Atheists denounced New York Governor Kathy Hochul’s surprising decision to veto the life-saving Secular Recovery Bill (A.8163/S.7313). Earlier this year, the New York Assembly and Senate passed this legislation with bipartisan support. The Secular Recovery Bill would help atheists and religious minorities recover in court-ordered substance treatment programs. The bill simply requires courts to inform New Yorkers of their constitutional right to object to religious 12-step programs like Alcoholics Anonymous and instead participate i ..read more
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Statement from American Atheists Board Chair Regarding Board Member Mandisa Thomas
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by American Atheists
1M ago
Today, American Atheists Board Chairperson Jennifer Scott released the following statement:  The American Atheists Board of Directors has been made aware of concerns raised in a public letter by former members and affiliates of Black Nonbelievers regarding the conduct of BN founder and president, and American Atheists board member, Mandisa Thomas. In keeping with our internal policies, our board ethics committee and members of leadership have begun the process of reaching out to those individuals and to Ms. Thomas. We take these concerns seriously and are committed to fostering an inclusi ..read more
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U.S. State Department and Secular Organizations Emphasize Need to Protect Nonreligious People Worldwide
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by American Atheists
2M ago
Washington, D.C.—On December 8, the religious freedom watchdog American Atheists held a briefing for Humanists International’s 2022 Freedom of Thought Report at the Hill Center. The report, now in its eleventh edition, assesses every country in the world on the basis of human rights and the legal status of humanists, atheists, and other nonreligious people. At the event, the U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom Rashad Hussain and Commissioner of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) Frederick Davie emphasized the need to protect the freedom of ..read more
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Atheists Win Settlement After Suing Christian Nationalist Lawmaker
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by American Atheists
6M ago
Little Rock, AR—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists announced a successful settlement against Christian nationalist Jason Rapert. This Arkansas state senator—who is also the president and founder of the Christian nationalist organization, National Association of Christian Lawmakers—discriminated against his atheist constituents and violated their freedom of speech. As part of the agreement, the state of Arkansas, on behalf of Rapert, will pay American Atheists more than $16,000, and he will immediately unblock his atheist constituents from his official social media accounts ..read more
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Nonreligious LGBTQ Americans Face Heightened Stigma, Especially in Very Religious Areas
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by American Atheists
6M ago
Washington, D.C.—Today, the civil rights organization American Atheists released a data report entitled Nonreligious LGBTQ People in America. Counting 7,759 nonreligious LGBTQ participants (22.9% of the nearly 34,000-person total sample) and organized by a team of researchers at Strength in Numbers Consulting Group, this is the largest study of nonreligious LGBTQ Americans. In comparison to cisgender, heterosexual nonbelievers, LGBTQ participants faced significantly more stigma and discrimination, researchers found. American Atheists warns that, given the make-up of this Supreme Court and the ..read more
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American Atheists Wins New Victory Against Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert As Case Heads to Trial
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by American Atheists
6M ago
Little Rock, AR—Today, American Atheists celebrated the latest legal victory in its free-speech lawsuit against Christian nationalist Jason Rapert, an Arkansas state senator and failed lieutenant governor candidate. On Tuesday, July 26, United States District Judge Kristine G. Baker ruled in favor of American Atheists, ordering Rapert to finally turn over a trove of documents. She criticized his reasoning for refusing to do so as “repetitive boilerplate objections” and gave him until August 5 to produce the records American Atheists requested. American Atheists’ lawsuit, which was filed in 201 ..read more
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Atheists Applaud Biden Administration for Working to Restore Health Care Protections Against Religiously Motivated Discrimination
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by American Atheists
6M ago
Washington, D.C.—Today, American Atheists applauded the Biden Administration’s release of proposed regulations restoring nondiscrimination protections in health care included in the Affordable Care Act.  In 2010, President Obama signed into law the Affordable Care Act, which included in Section 1557 nondiscrimination protections for patients seeking medical care. In 2016, the Obama Administration finalized rules that provide inclusive protections under this law. However, in 2020, the Trump Administration added religious exemptions with the express purpose of undermining those protections ..read more
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