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Humanists Launch “Naughty” Awareness Campaign

Posted November 21, 2011 at 8:55am

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.

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“In God We Trust” Resolution Ignores Nonbelievers

Posted November 01, 2011 at 7:03pm

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.”

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Humanists Celebrate Victory in Utah Cross Case

Posted November 01, 2011 at 10:02am

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.

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Jefferson Billboard Opens Forum for Debate

Posted October 31, 2011 at 10:54am

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.

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Humanists Applaud Court's Decision to Not Rehear Mt. Soledad Cross Case

Posted October 17, 2011 at 4:53pm

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.

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American Humanist Assocation Denounces House Passage Of Protect Life Act

Posted October 14, 2011 at 2:20pm

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.

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Humanists Cautiously Optimistic After Supreme Court Religious Employment Discrimination Hearing

Posted October 05, 2011 at 4:20pm

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.

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Humanists Celebrate Free Speech Victory in Arkansas

Posted August 12, 2011 at 11:01am

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.”

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AHA Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief Opposing Employment Discrimination Law Exemption for Religious Organizations

Posted 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.

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Humanists Demand Alternative to “In God We Trust” License Plate Sticker

Posted July 14, 2011 at 11:21am

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.

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