Monthly Archives: March 2013

Press Release: Atheists Award $4,000 in Scholarships

Austin, TX—American Atheists presented three students with scholarships totaling $4,000 at a dinner ceremony during its 50th Anniversary Celebration and National Convention last weekend at the Hyatt Regency in Austin. The $2,000 Founders 2012-2013 scholarship was awarded to Chris Calvey, a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Calvey was recognized for his activism as […] [Read More >]

Press Release: Judge Rules 9/11 Memorial Cross ‘Non-Religious’—Atheist Group Will Appeal Judgment

Austin, TX—In the matter of American Atheists’ lawsuit against the taxpayer-funded 9/11 Memorial Cross, a judge found no state action endorsing religion and found that the symbol itself is not religious but instead an artifact.  The ruling states, “Since the decision to include the artifact in the Museum’s Historical Exhibit has a secular purpose, Defendants […] [Read More >]

Atheist Leaders and Texas Pastors Will Meet for Roundtable Discussion

Cranford, NJ— American Atheists President David Silverman and Vice President Kathleen Johnson will join with noted British philosopher and atheist A.C. Grayling to meet with Austin-area pastors for a non-confrontational exchange of ideas. The three atheist leaders are in Austin for the American Atheists 50th Anniversary National Convention this weekend. David Silverman said, “We will […] [Read More >]

American Atheists Supports D.C. Marriage Equality Rally

Many of our friends and colleages in the secular movement are attending the rally at the Supreme Court today showing their support for marriage equality. American Atheists fights for the complete separation of religion and government. Opposing marriage equality is one very high-profile example of religious people justifying bigotry by attempting to influence public policy […] [Read More >]

Mississippi governor signs school prayer bill

Last Thursday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed HB 638, a bill requiring public schools to develop policies allowing students to pray over school intercoms, at assemblies, and at sporting events. “This is an overt act of hostility against minority religious beliefs and atheists, disguised as religious freedom,” said David Silverman, President of American Atheists. “This […] [Read More >]

Supreme Court declines to hear Kentucky case

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday that it has declined to hear American Atheists’ case against the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the state’s Office of Homeland Security. American Atheists originally filed a lawsuit in 2008 seeking to remove part of a 2006 Kentucky anti-terrorism law. The law as currently written requires the Office to affirm in […] [Read More >]

American Atheists launch ‘Go Godless Instead’ Billboards in

American Atheists announced a billboard campaign in Austin and Dallas, Texas, which features four designs with quotes from Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Rick Santorum, and Dallas Pastor Robert Jeffress about the place of faith in government and their views on homosexuality. [Read More >]

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