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Statement About Wasserman Schultz Amendment to Protect the Johnson Amendment ...

Washington, DC?Today, in a 24 to 28 vote, an amendment offered by Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) to protect the integrity of the Johnson Amendment failed during a House Appropriations Committee markup session. The amendment would have removed Section 116 of the bill, a rider that prohibits the IRS from enforcing the ban on 501(c)(3) groups from engaging in partisan politics but only exempts churches. National Program Director for American Atheists, Nick Fish, made the following statemen...

by American Atheists
14 Jul 2017 at 1:58am
Atheists Tells Congress: Hands Off the Johnson Amendment

Washington, D.C.?American Atheists today joined with ten other atheist and secular groups warning the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations against attempts to undermine the so-called Johnson Amendment, an IRS rule that prohibits churches and other houses of worship, as well as 501(c)(3) charities like American Atheists, from engaging in partisan politics, including the endorsement of candidates. Included in the 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriates B...

by American Atheists
11 Jul 2017 at 9:01pm
Atheists Warn Kentucky Schools About Potentially Unconstitutional Bible Classes

Frankfort, KY?American Atheists today sent a letter to the Kentucky Commissioner of Education reminding him of the state’s obligations under the U.S. Constitution to discuss religion only in an academic context despite the recently enacted “Religious Literacy Law” which allows the teaching of religion and the use of the Bible as an instructive tool in Kentucky public schools.  “Passing a law allowing the Bible to be used in schools doesn’t change the fact that public schools can’t advance any...

by American Atheists
30 Jun 2017 at 9:23pm
American Atheists ?Profoundly Disappointed? by Supreme Court?s Trinity Luther...

Washington, DC?Today, in a 7-2 decision, the United States Supreme Court ruled that churches and other houses of worship are entitled to state funding, undermining the foundation of the wall of separation between religion and government. In Trinity Lutheran Church v. Comer, the Court decided that the Missouri State Constitution?s no-aid clause was an unconstitutional burden on the church?s free exercise rights. David Silverman, president of American Atheists, made the following statement: ?By...

by American Atheists
26 Jun 2017 at 3:31pm
Walgreens: Prioritizing Dogma Over Healthcare

After a Walgreens pharmacy in Albuquerque, NM refused to fill a young woman’s prescription for birth control, the ACLU of New Mexico and the Southwest Women’s Law Center filed complaints with the New Mexico Human Rights Bureau, alleging that the refusal was a form of sex discrimination. In a statement, Walgreens said that their policy is to allow pharmacists and other employees to “step away from a transaction to which they may have a moral objection, and requires the pharmacist or other empl...

by American Atheists
6 Jun 2017 at 6:26pm
American Atheists Seeks National Legal & Public Policy Director

Since 1963, American Atheists has protected the absolute separation of religion from government through legal advocacy, innovative education and public relations campaigns, legislative tracking, and community building and engagement. With more than 170 affiliates and local partners nationwide, American Atheists has a network of communities and activists ready to engage on a wide range of issues related to church/state separation and religious equality. The American Atheists Legal Center respo...

by American Atheists
31 May 2017 at 3:53pm
American Atheists Bids Fond Farewell to National Legal and Public Policy Dire...

Washington, DC?Today, American Atheists announced the departure of National Legal and Public Policy Director Amanda Knief on June 9 after more than five years with the organization. Amanda has served as Managing Director, In-House Counsel, and as National Legal and Public Policy Director during her time at American Atheists. American Atheists? President David Silverman released the following statement: ?For the last five years, Amanda Knief has been a fixture at American Atheists and a key me...

by American Atheists
31 May 2017 at 3:51pm
Atheists Threaten Lawsuit After Trump Executive Order Gives Special Treatment...

Cranford, NJ?After President Donald Trump signed an executive order today instructing the IRS to ignore future violations of the prohibition on electoral politicking by churches and religious groups, American Atheists pledged a lawsuit challenging the unconstitutional preference of houses of worship over secular nonprofits, including American Atheists, in the order. Under current federal law, all 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations?including churches?are prohibited from endorsing or opposing ca...

by American Atheists
4 May 2017 at 4:11pm
Lawsuit Challenging Pennsylvania House of Representatives Discriminatory Invo...

Harrisburg, PA?A federal district court today has allowed a lawsuit challenging the discriminatory invocation policy of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives to move forward. “We’re pleased the court has decided that this lawsuit can continue,” said Amanda Knief, legal director for American Atheists. “There is no question that this policy discriminates against atheists. If the House of Representatives is going to invite members of the community to deliver invocations, they must welcome al...

by American Atheists
28 Apr 2017 at 9:28pm
Atheists Invite San Antonio Mayor to Meet Constituents After Anti-Atheist Rem...

San Antonio?In remarks at a candidate forum this month, San Antonio, TX mayor Ivy Taylor linked systemic poverty to a lack of a “relationship with [a] creator,” adding that those without such a relationship did not have good relationships with their families and communities and were “not being productive members of society.” You can watch the full question, and the rest of the exchange, below (starting at 1:07:40) After facing outcry, Mayor Taylor posted the following statement on Facebook. T...

by American Atheists
24 Apr 2017 at 5:38pm
FFRF warns another school on bible banners

The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent a letter of complaint Oct. 26 to Autauga County Schools Superintendent Spence Agee in Prattville, Ala., after being contacted by a concerned district alumnus about religious banners displayed by Marbury High School cheerleaders at football games for players to run through.

"We understand that each week a different bible verse is displayed for all to observe," wrote Stephanie Schmitt, FFRF staff attorney. "You must take immediate action to stop these r...

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
26 Oct 2012 at 8:22pm
'No room at the inn' in Henderson County for dissent

The Freedom From Religion Foundation received word on Oct. 24 that Henderson County, Texas, is refusing to permit it to post an ?equal time? display on courthouse grounds by the large Christian nativity display dominating an entire corner. The devotional display is lit at night.

FFRF?s complaint late last year, on behalf of a local citizen, snowballed into a major controversy in Texas, with 5,000 ?Christian soldiers? marching in an Athens rally, and even the attorney general chiming in. After...

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
26 Oct 2012 at 8:03pm
FFRF calls for IRS to investigate "Vote for the Mormon" church marquee

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is urging the Internal Revenue Service to investigate an egregious case of illegal campaign activity at a church in Leakey, Texas.

FFRF has received numerous complaints about Church in the Valley's blatant attempt to dish out political propaganda over its recent church marquee. The sign told passersby: "Vote for the Mormon, not the Muslim! The capitalist, not the communist!" (Click here to view an image of the marquee.) 

As a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, Church in...

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
25 Oct 2012 at 8:20pm
FFRF seeks Texas plaintiffs to challenge cheerleading practice

"There is no such source and cause of strife, quarrel, fights, malignant opposition, persecution, and war, and all evil in the state, as religion. Let it once enter our civil affairs, our government would soon be destroyed. Let it once enter our common schools, they would be destroyed."

- Supreme Court of Wisconsin, Weiss v. District Board, March 18, 1890

A state judge in Texas this afternoon issued a temporary injunction which will continue to create division, strife, fights and persecution...

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
18 Oct 2012 at 9:38pm
15 secular billboards are up in Portland

Portland, Ore., was not only the setting for the Freedom From Religion Foundation's 35th national convention last weekend, attracting nearly 900 attendees, but for a bright new billboard campaign featuring 15 area freethinkers and families.

The three 14x48-foot bulletins and 12 EcoPosters (10-foot x 22.8-inch billboards) will be up around Portland for a month.

Portland-area FFRF members and families volunteered to take part in the myth-dispelling billboard campaign timed with the convention....

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
18 Oct 2012 at 4:33pm
Texas AG stirs up wrath against atheists

by Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor
FFRF Co-Presidents

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has crossed the line from carrying out his secular constitutional duties to defend the state of Texas, to using his government bully pulpit to bully and scapegoat atheists.

At a press conference earlier today with Gov. Rick Perry at the Capitol, the grandstanding attorney general, speaking about FFRF, said:

?We will not allow atheist groups from outside of the state of Texas to come into the state, to u...

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
17 Oct 2012 at 9:32pm
FFRF stops illegal city collaboration with church

The city of West Linn, Ore., rescinded an unconstitutional grant to Willamette Christian Church after a Sept. 28 Freedom From Religion Foundation letter of complaint.

It came to FFRF's attention that the West Linn City Council had approved a $1,300 grant to the church, ostensibly to start a teen center called The Summit. City staff purportedly spent considerable time on the proposal, with the regular fees waived.

Councilor Mike Jones, who later became a member of the church, was apparently th...

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
8 Oct 2012 at 5:00am
FFRF to blitz Portland with cheery atheist/secular messages

The Freedom From Religion Foundation will be making its mark next week as 880 of its members from around the country visit Portland to attend FFRF?s 35th national convention. Helping to celebrate the occasion are more than 15 Portland-area FFRF members or families who volunteered to appear on a set of myth-dispelling billboard campaigns timed with the convention. FFRF is launching its largest ?This is what an atheist looks? campaign to date in Portland, also debuting a new slogan: ?I?m SECU...

by scott@ffrf.org (Scott Colson)
5 Oct 2012 at 2:34pm
Florida sheriff prays for end in crime

View a PDF version of this letter here. 

Sheriff Jerry L. Demings
Orange County Sheriff's Office
PO Box 1440
Orlando, FL 32802-1440

Re: Orange County Sheriff using 40 days of prayer to lower crime

Dear Sheriff Demings:

I am writing on behalf of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (?FFRF?) and our local members who object to the Orange County Sheriff?s Office (?OSCO?) calling for 40 days of prayer to help fight crime. FFRF is a nationwide nonprofit organization, which works to protect the cons...

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
4 Oct 2012 at 8:47pm
?Pulpit Freedom Sunday? turns clergy into outlaws

This Sunday, Oct. 7, many ministers across the nation will purposefully violate the law from their pulpits. Called ?Pulpit Freedom Sunday,? the day has been marked by the Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) for preachers to openly endorse and oppose candidates for political office, in violation of IRS regulations and just in time for the November elections.

The IRS explains on its website:

Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are abs...

by katie.s@ffrf.org (Katie S)
4 Oct 2012 at 5:26pm
Ricky Gervais Loves Responding to Religious People Debating Him on Twitter Comedian (and atheist) Ricky Gervais loves responding to religious people on Twitter, and he shared some of his favorite moments with Seth Meyers.

22 Jul 2017 at 1:00am
Louisiana Judge Forces First-Time Drug Offenders To Take Christian Rehab Class According to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a Louisiana judge is making first-time drug offenders go through an eight-week Christian program called "Life Choices" at a local church.If they don't do it, their probations might be revoked.

21 Jul 2017 at 11:00pm
Buddhist Widow Claims Her Husband Has Returned? as a Calf A Cambodian woman insists a calf she found outside her house is a reincarnated version of her late husband.

21 Jul 2017 at 9:00pm
Richard Dawkins? Open Letter to the People Who Canceled His Event Richard Dawkins has something to say to the Berkeley radio station that canceled his upcoming event because they claim he has "offended and hurt" people with his "abusive speech" against Islam.

21 Jul 2017 at 7:29pm
Here?s Why a Mormon Website Published the Least Inspirational Story Ever An editor of a Mormon website that published a disturbing story of a young man abandoned by his family after expressing his religious doubts now says the piece was never meant to be published. She was as horrified by it as we were.I believe her apology, and I think the editors should be commended for how they're handling this situation.

21 Jul 2017 at 7:00pm
Jesus: Lost Forever in the Gospel Fog A review of David Chumney?s new book, Jesus Eclipsed
Christians are the huddled, persecuted masses, yearning to breathe free?or so they would have us believe. After all, in the last few years a lot of folks have been ganging up on them. Gay people who want wedding cakes come to mind, but, more seriously, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins scorched Christianity with their bestselling atheist books?and these turned out to be just the tip of the iceberg. And then, of all things,...
21 Jul 2017 at 6:38pm
The Fountainhead: Work for Hire Rand skips over what could've been a genuine and realistic obstacle for her hero to face.
21 Jul 2017 at 12:30pm
Is Jesus Really the Answer? How many relevant questions can we ask where Jesus is not the answer? #1 How do you spell MY name?

20 Jul 2017 at 8:45pm
Video: Challenging Islam While Preventing Bigotry Against Muslims

This video is in response to this question, I grabbed this question someone sent to a Harris/Dawkins discussion because I think we should all be working on the answer. Much love! pic.twitter.com/xIw7UGav85 — Tim Tori (@Tim_Tori) July 6, 2017 I found this to be pretty challenging to answer, but here is my answer nonetheless: What do […]

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20 Jul 2017 at 8:04pm