Atheists Dismiss Lawsuit After City Rescinds $65,000 Grant to Baptists

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists announced today that is has dismissed its lawsuit against the City of Kansas City (Missouri) over a $65,000 grant that the city’s Neighborhoods Tourist Development Fund had awarded in April to Modest Miles Ministries for the 2016 National Baptist Convention in September. American Atheists sued based on Article 1, Section 7 of […] [Read More >]

Atheists Sue PA House of Representatives Over Discriminatory Invocation Policy

Harrisburg, PA—American Atheists joined with Americans United for Separation of Church and State in filing a federal lawsuit today challenging a policy prohibiting atheists from offering invocations to open Pennsylvania House of Representatives sessions. The five individual plaintiffs in the case, including two members of Pennsylvania Nonbelievers, an American Atheists affiliate, have repeatedly been denied […] [Read More >]

Atheists Reach $41,000 Settlement with Tennessee County Sheriff

Chattanooga, TN—American Atheists and Bradley County and the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office have reached a settlement in a federal lawsuit alleging First Amendment violations of the U.S. Constitution by Bradley County and Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson. As part of settlement agreement, the new official Bradley County Sheriff’s Department Facebook page will not be used […] [Read More >]

Atheists Sue Kansas City Over $65,000 Handout to Baptist Convention

Cranford, NJ—Today American Atheists and two Kansas City residents filed a complaint in federal court asking for a temporary and permanent injunction to prevent the City of Kansas City from giving $65,000 to Modest Miles Ministries, Inc. for the National Baptist Convention to be held in September. Since April, American Atheists and the local plaintiffs, […] [Read More >]

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. Since 1954, the so-called “Johnson Amendment” has banned political activity for churches, other houses of worship, and all other tax-exempt organizations. This requirement applies equally to […] [Read More >]

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. In a speech given to the Republican National Convention on Tuesday, July 19, McCarthy stated that “Republicans believe in an American that […] [Read More >]

New Plaintiff Joins Lawsuit Against TN Sheriff

Bradley County, TN—American Atheists today filed an amended complaint in the lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional actions of Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson, adding resident Joseph Stephens as a plaintiff in the case. American Atheists and an anonymous Bradley County resident, referred to in court documents as “Jane Doe” because she fears reprisal, originally filed the […] [Read More >]

Atheists’ Lawsuit Against TN Sheriff Moves Toward Trial

Knoxville, TN—During a hearing today in U.S. District Court of Eastern Tennessee, Senior District Court Judge Thomas Phillips asked the lawyer for Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson to explain how the sheriff appearing in uniform and espousing his religious beliefs didn’t represent the county. The lawyer, Thomas LeQuire, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, admitted there are crossover […] [Read More >]

Atheists Tell Florida Schools: Follow the Law on Pledge of Allegiance Issue

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists, in partnership with the Central Florida Freethought Community, has sent letters to each of Florida’s 67 county school districts advising them of their obligations to protect the rights of students who wish to opt out of participating in the Pledge of Allegiance. In September 2015, the American Atheists Legal Center received a […] [Read More >]

Atheists Sue Tennessee Sheriff Over First Amendment Violations

Bradley County, TN—American Atheists along with a resident of Bradley County, Tennessee filed suit in federal district court in Eastern Tennessee today against Bradley County Sheriff Eric Watson for violations of the First Amendment. The purpose of the suit is to stop the sheriff’s policy of censoring comments that are negative or at odds with […] [Read More >]

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