American Humanist News and Actions
Humanist leaders expressed enthusiasm about a recently removed California billboard that is focusing national attention on Thomas Jefferson, the Founding Father who advocated for a wall of separation between church and state. "It's uplifting to see Americans discussing the views of Jefferson and examining his influence on the secular nature of our constitution,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association.
The American Humanist Association is pleased with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision today not to re-hear the Mt. Soledad cross case where, as part of a war memorial, a 43-foot cross has been ruled unconstitutional. That January ruling reversed a 2008 U.S. District Court decision.
Leadership at the American Humanist Association is strongly denouncing yesterday’s passage of the Protect Life Act (H.R. 358) by the U. S. House of Representatives. The Protect Life Act seeks to prevent any woman who obtains healthcare through the Affordable Care Act from obtaining an abortion, even if her life is at risk. The bill has been touted by supporters as a way to stop federal money from paying for them under the Affordable Care Act, though provisions within the Affordable Care Act to protect against federally funded abortion coverage already exist.
Leadership at the American Humanist Association has expressed cautious optimism today at the Supreme Court’s handling of oral arguments in the Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC et al case. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed an amicus curiae brief in the case of on behalf of the American Humanist Association and six other allied organizations.
Leadership at the American Humanist Association celebrated yesterday after a federal judge ruled in favor of the United Coalition of Reason (UnitedCoR), who had been denied advertising space for an ad reading, “Are you good without God? Millions are.”
AHA Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief Opposing Employment Discrimination Law Exemption for Religious OrganizationsPosted August 08, 2011 at 12:29pm
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Humanist Association and other allied organizations with the Supreme Court of the United States. The Court is hearing an appeal of a case that turns on the question of whether religious organizations have a constitutional right to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age or disability in violation of employment laws.
Leadership at the American Humanist Association expressed disappointment with the Georgia Department of Revenue today for its selection of a new license plate design that may include the option of purchasing a sticker with the words “In God We Trust” for an extra $1. The Georgia Department of Revenue recently held a contest in which Georgia citizens submitted and voted on new state license plate designs, with all three finalists including the phrase “In God We Trust" in the images.
Today, on the International Day Against Stoning, the American Humanist Association is raising awareness of the brutal practice of stoning and demanding the end of stoning as a form of punishment around the world.
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Humanist Association and the Secular Student Alliance with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing an appeal of a case challenging the issuance of academic credit for religious classes taught as part of the "released-time" program in Spartanburg, South Carolina's public schools, as a violation of the separation of church and state.
(June 27, 2011, Washington D.C.)I am writing regarding the controversy over your network airing a version of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag that did not include the wording “under God.” Based on news accounts, it appears that certain religious conservatives are overreacting to your network’s actions, bombarding your network with telephone and email complaints even though your network has already apologized for the incident. I would like to convey the sentiments of millions of other Americans who, while less vocal about the issue, should be heard.