Atheist Groups Urge Senate to Reject Discriminatory Adoption Provision in Appropriations Bill

Washington, DC—In a letter to the chairman and vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Appropriations, a coalition of six national atheist, humanist, and secular groups urged the Senate to oppose a discriminatory amendment to the House Labor, Health, and Human Services Appropriations bill that would put the health and welfare of children in our nation’s adoption and foster care system at risk.

This amendment, introduced by Rep. Robert Aderholt (R-Alabama) and passed over bipartisan opposition in committee, would require states to allow taxpayer-funded child welfare agencies to discriminate and refuse to provide services based on their religious beliefs in order to avoid crushing financial penalties to their child welfare systems. Currently 46 states have protections against religious discrimination in place which would trigger such penalties, potentially resulting in over $1 billion in federal funds withheld from child welfare agencies.

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Retirement Of Justice Kennedy Could Shift Supreme Court Balance On Church-State Separation, Says Americans United

Jun 27, 2018

“We’re at a pivotal moment,” said Rachel Laser, president and CEO of Americans United. "The separation of church and state is the only way to ensure religious freedom for all Americans. This principle could not be more vital, given that Americans belong to hundreds of different faiths, and many are non-religious. Yet all signs indicate that President Donald Trump will appoint a justice who will undermine this foundational and vital American value.”

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National Nontheist Organizations Issue Letter Opposing Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

Thu, 07/26/2018 - 09:23

Washington, DC -- Today, eighteen national organizations representing atheists, agnostics, humanists, and nontheistic Americans delivered a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

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Americans United And Allies Urge Federal Court To Continue To Block Trump Administration’s Birth Control Rules

Americans United for Separation of Church and State, joined by 12 religious and civil-rights organizations, late yesterday urged a federal appeals court to affirm a preliminary injunction blocking the Trump administration’s new rules that would allow employers and universities to cite religious or moral objections as justification to deny employees and students insurance coverage for contraceptives.

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FFRF raises concern over Illinois superintendent’s Christianity promotions

The Freedom From Religion Foundation is calling on an Illinois school district superintendent to end his religious promotion.

A concerned district staff member reported to FFRF that Effingham Unit #40 District Schools Superintendent Mark Doan has been promoting his personal religious beliefs in emails to staff. Typically this promotion has been in attached email “notes” and involving holidays. For example, in November of 2016 Doan emailed his staff a Thanksgiving note titled “Remembering the Goodness of God,” in which he wrote:

“...It is my belief that I am grateful to have the opportunity to try and live my life as God has intended. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Continue reading at Freedom From Religion Foundation.