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American Atheists: Judge misunderstood suit over special tax privileges for churches

A federal judge in the Eastern District of Kentucky dismissed a suit by the group American Atheists demanding that churches be subject to the same level of federal scrutiny as secular nonprofit groups. In the ruling, issued earlier this week, Judge William O. Bertelsman dismissed the case on the grounds…

Florida atheists barred from placing Founding Father quotes next to religious monument

A Florida county rejected for a second time an atheist group’s request for a monument to stand alongside a display of the Christian Bible’s Ten Commandments at the county courthouse. According to the Washington Post, the Williston Atheists plan to continue the fight to be equally represented alongside symbols of…

CPAC boots American Atheists for seeking to draw godless conservatives ‘out of the closet’

Organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) have changed their mind and won’t allow an atheist group to host an information booth at this year’s event. The decision came several hours after American Atheists announced they would attend the March 6-8 conference, and the group’s president questioned the stated…

Alabama legislator to Raw Story: ‘Our country wasn’t founded on the Koran!’

Alabama State Rep. DuWayne Bridges proposed an amendment to the state’s constitution on Monday that would allow public schools and other state properties to display the Ten Commandments from the Old Testament of the Christian Bible. When Raw Story telephoned the legislator to ask if similar efforts would be made…

Atheist group to Montgomery police: Stop sending evangelical pastors to crime scenes

American Atheists — the group the erected the country’s first atheist monument on government property — has sent a letter advising the Montgomery, AL police that their “Operation Good Shepherd” program, which uses public funds to place Evangelical Christian pastors at crime scenes, is unconstitutional. Raw Story spoke with Dave…

Conservative talker attacks atheist over Christian cross at New Jersey 9/11 memorial

In the interview embedded below, American Atheists public relations director Dave Muscato attempted to explain to right-leaning radio host Steve Malzberg why the secularist group is fighting the placement of a Christian cross at a Princeton, NJ memorial site dedicated to the victims of the terrorist attacks of September 11,…

New Jersey DMV reverses position that ‘ATHE1ST’ license plate is ‘offensive’ after publicity on Reddit, Twitter

The New Jersey Department of Motor Vehicles initially refused to allow American Atheists President David Silverman to order a vanity license plate that said “ATHE1ST,” but relented when the refusal began to draw media attention. Raw Story spoke to American Atheists Public Relations Director David Muscato, who relayed Silverman’s story.…

American Atheists’ David Silverman at Netroots: ‘Why do we talk about God when we talk about politics?’

This year at Netroots Nation, Raw Story is asking 5 Questions of various panel speakers, exhibitors and attendees about issues you won’t hear addressed on the main stage. Though many liberals progressives define themselves as non-religious, most candidates they are asked to support nonetheless openly espouse religions views during the…

Atheist group targets Rick Perry for urging Texans to pray away gun violence

An atheist group announced Monday the purchase of a billboard that highlights Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s comments about gun violence. According to a press release, the American Atheists’ new billboard in Texas features an image of Perry along with text reading, “His solution to school shootings? Prayer.” The billboard refers…

Thousands of U.S. atheists turn out for ‘Reason Rally’

Thousands of atheists, agnostics and other non-believers turned out in the US capital on Saturday to celebrate their rejection of the idea of God and to claim a bigger place in public life. The Reason Rally, sponsored by 20 atheist, secular and humanist groups, was billed as a “coming-out” party in the heart…

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