The AHA treats the support for government policies that bolster the secular foundations of law and culture in the United States as a continuous struggle. Accordingly we work to defeat proposed laws and eliminate existing laws that infringe upon this heritage. A secular, open, and pluralistic society where the government does not ascribe to one worldview over others is a right to which every American is entitled.
Supporting the constitutional standard of separation of church and state is a key priority of the AHA. Government endorsement of any particular religion is a direct violation of the Jeffersonian wall between church and state and the First Amendment, which states “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion,” otherwise known as the Establishment Clause. The AHA’s legal organization, the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, submits amicus briefs and participates in litigation to defend the constitutional right of all citizens to a secular and unbiased government. Those actions target religious or sectarian imagery and text in government buildings and public spaces, religious ceremonies or prayer in government events and proceedings, and the expenditure of tax dollars to support religious programs, organizations, monuments, or other displays that inherently discriminate against millions of Americans who do not believe in the represented religion.