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 >]

Statement from American Atheists about Nomination of Judge Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court

Despite D.C. Circuit Chief Judge Garland’s almost 20 years as a federal judge, his positions on the separation of religion and government, religious exemptions, and on atheists’ equality need clarification. We therefore encourage the entire Senate to fulfill its constitutional duty and proceed with the confirmation process, including open and on-the-record hearings, in order to […] [Read More >]

AtheistTV to Transition to Exclusively VOD Service

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists today announced that its television service AtheistTV, the first and only network hosting content exclusively by and for atheists, will transition to exclusively a video on demand service, similar to Netflix and Hulu. “This change reflects the reality of the way that people are consuming content,” said David Silverman, president of American […] [Read More >]

Atheist Leader, Scholar to Tackle Religion’s Place in Puerto Rico During Debate

San Juan, PR—American Atheists today announced a public discussion in San Juan, Puerto Rico, with a religious scholar and its president the day before the organization hosts the first atheist conference on the island. The forum, which is free and open to the public and media, will be held at noon on Thursday, August 20, […] [Read More >]

American Atheists Announces Reorganization

Cranford—American Atheists today announced a reorganization to focus its efforts on legal and public policy matters. The reorganization includes an emphasis towards voter engagement, political action, and legal advocacy. Some staff positions were eliminated to accommodate this change in direction. As of June 1, Nick Fish will become the National Program Director overseeing projects such […] [Read More >]

AAcon15: Announcing another major speaker—Vaccination expert Paul Offit, MD

American Atheists is proud to announce yet another major speaker, vaccination expert Dr. Paul Offit, to the 2015 National Convention roster. The convention will take place in Memphis, Tennessee this April 2-5 at the Peabody Hotel. Register for the convention instantly online at Dr. Offit is the author of the new book Bad Faith: When […] [Read More >]

Leesburg (FL) School Takes Action to End Prayer Led By Baseball Coach

In early, February, American Atheists received information that Leesburg High School head baseball coach Rich Billings and assistant coach John Meier were initiating and leading students and other coaches in prayer every day following baseball practice. On February 10, American Atheists’ in-house counsel Amanda Knief sent an advisory letter to Leesburg High School principal Bill Miller […] [Read More >]

Open Letter: American Atheists Demands Apology After Troy University Chancellor Sends New Year’s Anti-Atheist Video in Mass Email

On Tuesday, December 30, Troy University Chancellor Jack Hawkins, Jr. PhD sent a mass email containing a link to the following video to every student and staff member at the public institution. Here is the video from the chancellor’s email: The original email from Chancellor Hawkins to students and staff of Troy University, dated Tuesday, December […] [Read More >]

Press Release: American Atheists Offers 2015-2016 Scholarships

Friday, November 7, 2014

Cranford, NJ—American Atheists announced Friday that it is offering seven scholarships totalling $4,000 to undergraduate and graduate atheist students. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2015, and winners will be announced at the American Atheists 2015 National Convention April 2-5, in Memphis, Tennessee. The seven scholarships offered are the $1,000 O’Hair Scholarship and four […] [Read More >]

Announcing the winner of our pumpkin-carving contest: “Evolution” by Pete Zupan of Washington, DC!

Hello all! We are thrilled to announce the winner of our first-ever atheist-themed Pumpkin Carving Contest. The winner will receive a voucher redeemable for a ticket to the 2015 National Convention in Memphis, Tennessee this coming April 2-5. The winning pumpkin was a depiction of the “Evolution” sequence from Carl Sagan’s “COSMOS.” The design was […] [Read More >]

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