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Oppose Religious Electioneering: Contact Your Representative Now!

Posted January 29, 2015 at 12:18pm

Dear Friend,

That didn’t take long. Congress is only in its first month, but religious right government officials are wasting no time in trying to tear down the wall of separation between church and state.

Earlier this month, Rep. Walter Jones introduced a bill, H.R. 153, which would “restore the Free Speech and First Amendment rights of churches and exempt organizations by repealing the 1954 Johnson Amendment.” The Johnson Amendment being referred to is a piece of legislation that prohibits churches from endorsing or opposing political candidates.

If pastors are given the right to endorse candidates from the pulpit, their parishioners may be coerced into supporting specific candidates because of a perceived religious obligation. This is fundamentally un-American, and weakens the state of our democracy by giving religious leaders untold influence.

Stand up for church-state separation by opposing this harmful bill!

Church and state are separate for a reason, and attempts to de-secularize our government must be opposed by humanists just like you. Won’t you take a moment to make your humanist voice heard by contacting your Representative?

We have a long congressional session ahead of us, but the American Humanist Association is dedicated to helping local humanists leave their mark on public policy. Thank you for defending the separation of church and state.

Sincerely,


Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director

International Darwin Day Brings Science to the Palouse

Posted January 28, 2015 at 10:00am

The Humanists of the Palouse to host annual Darwin Day event.

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Help Make This The Best Darwin Day Ever!

Posted January 15, 2015 at 11:28am

This Darwin Day can be the best one yet with your help.

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Atheist Student May Sit out the Pledge of Allegiance without Punishment, Says School District

Posted January 15, 2015 at 10:14am

A California school district agrees to respect the right of students to opt out of the Pledge.

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Humanist Group to Give Zumach Award of $10,000 to Charlie Hebdo

Posted January 15, 2015 at 9:01am

The American Humanist Association announces a new award to fight religious fundamentalism.

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July Simpson Elected to the American Humanist Association’s Board of Directors

Posted January 12, 2015 at 1:49pm

The American Humanist Association is pleased to announce the recent election of July Simpson to its board.

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Christine Shellska Elected to the American Humanist Association’s Board of Directors

Posted January 08, 2015 at 10:08am

The American Humanist Association is pleased to announce the recent election of Christine Shellska to its board.

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A Statement on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre in Paris, France

Posted January 07, 2015 at 5:27pm

The American Humanist Association strongly condemns these horrific acts of violence.

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Arkansas Courthouse Nativity Scene Prompts Lawsuit from Humanist Group

Posted December 30, 2014 at 10:07am

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center files a lawsuit challenging Baxter County for endorsing Christianity.

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Humanist Group Applauds South Carolina School District for Halting Religious Fundraising

Posted December 18, 2014 at 10:43am

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center defends the rights of elementary school students.

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