American Humanist News and Actions
Recognizing Charles Darwin on his birthday, Feb. 12, is important to promote scientific inquiry.
Humanists and atheists are hopeful that the strong decision issued today by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals overturning a gay marriage ban in California will be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Today, atheists, agnostics, freethinkers and humanists in the Palouse region of the Pacific Northwest joined forces to announce the launch of their coalition and its first event, Darwin on the Palouse, with PZ Myers, Daniel Dennett, Jen McCreight and Fred Edwords in a pair of International Darwin Day events at two local universities.
AHA applauds federal judge's ruling ordering the immediate removal of a prayer banner in a Rhode Island high school.
Humanists Disappointed in Supreme Court’s Decision to Allow Religious Groups to Discriminate in EmploymentPosted January 11, 2012 at 4:01pm
Leadership at the AHA express disappointment with the Supreme Court’s decision exempting religious employers from anti-discrimination laws.
Humanists and atheists are saddened by the death of the prolific writer and outspoken atheist, Christopher Hitchens. “Humanity has lost a powerful stalwart for atheism,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Christopher Hitchens changed the discussion about religion and non-belief by championing public criticism of theology.”
As part of the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination (CARD), the American Humanist Association is asking the Obama Admiration to fulfill a campaign promise and fully reverse religious discrimination policies put in place by the previous administration. These policies give a pass to organizations that receive federal funds but discriminate in their hiring practices on religious grounds. Other than a promise to review instances on a “case-by-case” basis, the Obama Administration has not officially reversed this policy.
Today the American Humanist Association announced the launch of their holiday advertisement campaign aimed to raise awareness of discrimination against nonbelievers in America. The billboards and full-page newspaper ads contain the message, “Bias Against Atheists is Naughty, Not Nice,” and features Santa Claus making up his “naughty” list. The ads are placed in cities across the United States where atheists have experienced discrimination due to their lack of belief in a traditional god.
Humanists and church-state advocates expressed disappointment with the House of Representatives today when they voted on a Congressional resolution “supporting and encouraging” the placement of “In God We Trust” in “all public buildings, public schools, and other government institutions.”
Church-state separation advocates are pleased with the United States Supreme Court’s decision to let stand a lower court ruling which found that memorial crosses on public land do, in fact, signal an unconstitutional government endorsement of religion. The American Humanist Association submitted an amicus brief in Utah Highway Patrol Association v. American Atheists, Inc. et al in August 2008 in support of the removal of the 12-foot tall white crosses.