American Atheists (Official)


American Atheists (Official)

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.

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Comment by Blair Scott on February 16, 2010 at 8:03am

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


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

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.
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Comment by skepticmom on February 3, 2010 at 2:38pm
Link to a petition to have an official holiday for the accomplishments of Charles Darwin:
Comment by Ariel Sergio Wollinger Martins on January 25, 2010 at 2:03pm
I would like to ask for your support for my youtube channel.

thanks and sorry for the mini spam!
Comment by Skycomet the Fallen Angel on January 24, 2010 at 5:16pm
Skycomet Heretic is an official member of American Atheists! As a civil rights activist I defy my town's attempt to limit my rights as an atheist in what I can say and do!
Comment by Bradley Thomas Horton on January 22, 2010 at 10:05am
I am a very proud ANTI-THEIST... and I am out and very out-spoken...
Comment by skepticmom on January 22, 2010 at 8:27am
Bible verses being removed! Bible verses being removed!
Comment by skepticmom on January 19, 2010 at 6:53pm
For those who don't know, ABC News broke a story how a manufacturer of military weapons has been secretly putting Bible verses on them. The Freedom From Religion group suggested what we can do about it. If interested, please see the links below (the story and the action alert)

ABC News:

FFR Action Alert:
Comment by Paul Brickey on January 8, 2010 at 12:59pm
Great question Steve.

Dawkins is far too critical. Hitchens is a meanie head.

I think Demon Haunted World. All for the Dragon in my Garage.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on January 2, 2010 at 8:50pm
Pope's banks going up the 1st!?
35K fine per blaspheme? Serious, check the news 'atheists ireland'.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on December 24, 2009 at 8:53pm

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