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American Atheists is a nationwide movement which defends the civil rights of nonbelievers, works for the separation of church and state, and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.

Website: http://atheists.org
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Comment by Tony G.III on June 23, 2010 at 8:10am
http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=12689408

Here's a good point that's well spoken:
When the words 'under God' were added to the Pledge of Allegiance between 'one nation' and 'indivisible,' Stewart claims, "They made a lie out of both those ideals because you can't have an indivisible nation if you draw a line between the godly and godless. We all belong here."
Comment by Brian Coalson on April 15, 2010 at 10:51am
Rally in Austin, TX to support the teaching of science in Texas classrooms May 16th.

http://www.atheists.org/events/Texas_Rally
Comment by Susan Stanko on March 20, 2010 at 4:38pm
Comment by Aiden on March 2, 2010 at 1:04pm
You could always make your own.
Comment by John Loq on March 1, 2010 at 6:56pm
I saw a wonderful bumper sticker the other day: "You don't Have To Believe In God To BE Good" Does anyone know where to find one. Thanks
Comment by Blair Scott on February 18, 2010 at 9:45am
AMERICAN ATHEISTS
http://www.atheists.org
Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2010

HELEN KAGIN, FREETHOUGHT HEROINE, DEAD AT 76

HELEN KAGIN died early this evening following complications from cancer surgery. She was 76.

Kagin was a heroine and activist in the Atheist movement. Along with her husband, attorney Edwin Kagin, she co-founded Camp Quest, a summer camp for the children of nonbelievers, which has grown into an international outreach. She and Edwin were frequent guests at various conventions, and belonged to several freethought groups.

In 2005, Helen and Edwin were named "Atheists of the Year" at the National Convention of American Atheists. Helen was active in the Free Inquiry Group of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She worked closely with Edwin and others organizing countless demonstrations and meetings, including the Rally for Reason which attracted hundreds of pro-science supporters who peacefully protested outside the opening of the Creation Museum in Petersburg, KY.

She was an outstanding wife, mother, friend to so many; and Helen also had an illustrious career as an anesthesiologist.

We will miss her infectious laughter, her wonderful friendship, and stalwart support for the cause of Reason and state-church separation.

Helen Kagin will be cremated. Edwin Kagin asks that expressions of sympathy in the form of donations be used to send kids to Camp Quest. There will be further announcements, including details of a Memorial event.

(AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for Atheists, Freethinkers and other nonbelievers; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.)
Comment by Blair Scott on February 16, 2010 at 8:32am
AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC.
http://www.atheists.org
http://www.americanatheist.org

For more information, please contact:
Ed Buckner, President 908-499-9200 (cell) or 770-803-5353 (office/fax)
Dave Silverman, Communications Director 732-648-9333

LOHAN IS TARGET OF RELIGIOUS BIGOTRY; AND CATHOLIC LEAGUE'S DONOHUE NO FASHIONISTA

An Atheist civil rights group said today that the Catholic League and other Christian advocacy groups have "no business" demanding an apology from actress Lindsay Lohan because of photographs that appeared in a French fashion magazine.

Lohan, a former Roman Catholic who is involved in an openly gay relationship, appeared recently in a robe wearing a crown of thorns and a Latin Cross. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said that the photos were "inappropriate" due to the Lenten season, and demanded an apology from Lohan.

Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists, described Donohue's charges as "absurd," adding that the Catholic leader was "no civil libertarian and no fashionista."

"Actors, film makers and writers have a long history of being attacked by the churches, and this is just another example," said Buckner. "Ms. Lohan is in good company -- many pop stars have been the target of the Catholic League's indignation, including Madonna and Britney Spears. What Donohue seems to forget is that no one is being forced to buy albums or magazines, and that in America, churches do not dictate the content of popular culture."

Dave Silverman, Vice President and Communications Director of American Atheists, noted that Atheists, Freethinkers, Humanists and other godless Americans do not try to censor religious artists who express their beliefs.

"If someone chooses to express themselves, no matter what the reason or position they take, that is a private matter and it is up to them," said Mr. Silverman. "It is certainly not up to religious organizations to regulate or censor such a basic American right as Freedom of Expression, and we really wish they’d stop trying. Ms. Lohan can wear whatever she likes, wherever she likes, and owes nobody an apology.”

AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for Atheists; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.
American Atheists, Inc.
PO BOX 158
Cranford, NJ 07016
Tel.: (908) 276-7300
Fax: (908) 276-7402
Comment by Blair Scott on February 16, 2010 at 8:31am
AMERICAN ATHEISTS SPEAKERS BUREAU
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EDWIN KAGIN SPEAKS AT SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY
THIS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2010
"Atheism, Blasphemy and the American Religious Civil War"

EDWIN KAGIN, National Legal Director for American Atheists will speak this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 to the "Atheists, Agnostics and Freethnkers Alliance" (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18129534066 ) at Syracuse University.

Kagin will talk on: "Atheism, Blasphemy and the American Religious Civil War." The gathering begins at 7:00 PM at the Maxwell Auditorium, inside Maxwall Hall, 110 Crouse Dr., Syracuse, NY, and is open to the public.

Copies of Edwin's books, "Baubles of Blasphemy," and his co-authored book, "The Fundamentals of Extremism" will be offered for sale and signing.

WHO & WHAT: EDWIN KAGIN, National Legal Director for American Atheists speaking on "Atheism, Blasphemy and the American Religious Civil War."

WHEN: This Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at 7:00 PM

WHERE: Syracuse University, Maxwell Auditorium, inside Maxwall Hall, 110 Crouse Dr., Syracuse, NY

MORE INFO: "Atheists, Agnostics and Freethnkers Alliance" (http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=18129534066 ) at Syracuse University

(AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for Atheists, Freethinkers and other nonbelievers; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.)
Comment by Blair Scott on February 16, 2010 at 8:31am
AMERICAN ATHEISTS MEDIA ALERT
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BUCKNER LIVE ON INTERNET, WAJR-FM THIS THURSDAY Feb. 18
Atheists, Morality, Churchgoers, Lohan, More...

Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists will be the guest on The Reuben Perdue Show airing on WAJR-FM, Clarksburg, West Virginia this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. The program begins at 9:00 AM ET, and will be streamed live on the Internet. Just visit http://www.wajrfm.com.

Ed will be speaking on Atheism, morality, churchgoers and other topics. Listeners are invited to call in.

WHO & WHAT: Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists, live call-in.

WHEN: This Thursday, February 18, 2010 beginning at 9:00 AM.

WHERE: Streamed live on the Internet, WAJR-FM, Clarksburg, West Virginia -- The Reuben Perdue program.

MORE INFO: http://www.wajrfm.com

(AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for Atheists, Freethinkers and other nonbelievers; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.)
Comment by Blair Scott on February 16, 2010 at 8:03am
AMERICAN ATHEISTS, INC.
http://www.atheists.org
http://www.americanatheist.org

For more information, please contact:
Ed Buckner, President 908-499-9200 (cell) or 770-803-5353 (office/fax)
Dave Silverman, Communications Director 732-648-9333

ANOTHER STUDY CONFIRMS -- ATHEISTS "JUST AS ETHICAL AS CHURCHGOERS"

The old canard that people who do not believe in a "Supreme Being" are untrustworthy, without morals, and unethical has received yet another rebuke.

According to a new study published in the journal Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Atheists are "just as ethical as churchgoers," and religion is only one way through which people can manifest a moral code. Dr. Marc Hauser of Harvard University reported that his research team was investigating the foundations of moral behavior and religion.

"The research suggests that intuitive judgments of right and wrong seem to operate independently of explicit religious commitments," said Hauser.

Dr. Ed Buckner, President of American Atheists, said that the study should help dispel one of the many great lies about non-religious Americans.

"Nearly 13% of the US population, according to surveys, have 'no religion'; that's about 40 million people," said Buckner. "Surveys indicate, however, that a near-majority of people would not support an otherwise qualified Atheist candidate for public office and falsely believe that 'there are no Atheists in foxholes.'"

Both perceptions are incorrect. "At least a few TV preachers and other demagogues almost certainly and knowingly encourage these misunderstandings, intentionally lying to shore up their own power and prestige. Atheists are already serving in government, the armed forces, and the professions (even in the clergy); most just don't openly advertise the fact that they have no religious beliefs," added Buckner.

Dave Silverman, Vice President and Communications Director for American Atheists added that the study discussed whether religion was an evolutionary adaptation which contributed to group solidarity and social cohesion. "It's a fascinating question that may never be resolved," said Silverman. "The point remains, though, that you can, indeed, 'be good without a god. In fact, you can be excellent!' The ethical actions of millions of Atheists, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and other non-religious people are proof of that."

The study is available at http://www.cell.com/trends/cognitive-sciences.

AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a nationwide movement that defends civil rights for Atheists; works for the total separation of church and state; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy.
American Atheists, Inc.
PO BOX 158
Cranford, NJ 07016
Tel.: (908) 276-7300
Fax: (908) 276-7402
 

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