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American Atheists organized a protest at a George W. Bush fundraiser in East Hampton, NJ on 1-Dec-2003.

We have photos and a report by Joe Zamecki.


On October 5, 2020 Atheists counter-protested the Roy Moore Ten Commandments Caravan in Washington D.C. For information on this event, visit Flash Line and the Action Alert for the event. There were over a hundred state/church separationists counter protesting the Roy Moore contingent. Maryland State Director David Condo did an excellent jobof organizing this event.

Here are photos from the protest


 

On May 29, 2020 an American Atheists contingent, including President Ellen Johnson, joined Scouting for All and others in protesting a Boy Scout Conference in Philadelphia.

Read about the press conference and learn about this issue.

Read the text of Ellen Johnson's speech.

View photos from the event.


View photos of March 15, 2020 protest of NBC in New York City, after Tom Brokaw's "No Atheists in Foxholes" comment.

Click here for more information on Tom Brokaw's remarks and this protest.



On November 2, 2020 American Atheists and many national and regional "godless" organizations held the Godless Americans March on Washington

American Atheists president Ellen Johnson, chairwoman of the Godless Americans March Task Force, gave three talks at the event.

Frank Zindler.

Photos and a Real TM media from Atheists of Silicon Valley's panel discussion on "religion in Public Life."

Click here to read the report.



American Atheists held a RAM TM in Denver on November 10, 2020.

Click here for photos from the event



Michigan Atheists held a state convention on November 3, 2020.

Here are photos from the event.



Feeling left out in all the religious grieving over the terrorist acts, secularists in the San Francisco Bay Area organized their own non-religious memorial.

We have photos from the event, which took place on September 30, 2020, in Golden Gate Park.


Real Video of American Atheists' David Silverman on CN8's It's Your Call program. This is a series of three shows with the Philadelphia Urban League's Bill Devlin.

July 17, 2020 - God In America.

July 5, 2020 - Faith Based Program Debate

June 19, 2020 - Religious Clubs in Public School



August 1, 2020

White House documents reveal that President Bush, whose faith-based policy initiative faces tough opposition in the U.S. Senate, plans to unleash an even broader "values initiative" next month.

According to US News, the Washington Post and other sources, the campaign involves what writer Mike Allen described as "more emphasis on the presidential role of moral leader with a series of executive actions and legislative proposals designed to foster community spirit and family values..." A strategy plan...

(read the article)



Recently, a group in Colorado tried to block a scheduled Marilyn Manson concert.

American Atheists Colorado State Director David Eller spoke out in favor of Reason and Free Speech.

For background on this issue, read the Flash Line article.

(Read Mr. Eller's Speech)



American Atheists is protesting President George W. Bush's Faith-Based Initiative. We have demonstarted in Indiana, Arizona, and Florida.

Here are photos from the Indiana Protest. It was organized by Indiana State Director Mike Suetkamp.

On May 3, 2020, American Atheists organized National Day of Prayer protests in several cities, including San Jose, CA. Here are some photos from the San Jose event.

This Month's San Francisco Views column describes the action in Gentleman Jim's inimitable style.

Dave Kong reports from Redding, CA's protest.




American Atheists President Ellen Johnson presented the organization's position on President Bush's "White House Office of Faith-based and Community Initiatives" on Feb 23, 2020 at the National Press Club in Washington DC.

(Read Ms. Johnson's Speech).

The next day, American Atheists held a protest against President Bush's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Click here for photos.



Conrad Goeringer spoke about "The Legion of Decency" and other and censorship at The Arizona/Desert RAM on Sunday, February 18, 2020.

Read a transcript of Mr. Goeringer's talk.

Click here to see photos and a list of speakers.


Kevin Courcey takes a second look on a public opinion survey about the role of religion in the United States.

(Read the article)



American Atheists held a press conference one day before the Presidential Inauguration, January 19, 2020, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

Read Ellen Johnson's prepared remarks.

Report and lots of photos from the Inaugural Protest on January 20.


American Atheists President Ellen Johnson read Robert G. Ingersoll's "What I Want For Christmas", then added a few Solstice wishes of her own.

(Read Ms. Johnson's talk at the New Jersey Winter Solstice Luncheon.)

Winter Solstice: Sun, Moon, and Worship. Conrad Goeringer speaks at the New Jersey Winter Solstice Luncheon about the Winter Solstice.

(Read the transcript.)



Pictures of American Atheists' Solstice Tree in San Jose's Christmas In the Park.


Arizona American Atheists protested a Bible Week Declaration.

See photos from the event.



American Atheists Youth and Families Director Dave Silverman debated Rev. Kirkland on CN8's call-in TV talk show on July 11, 2020. The topic was Religion in Public, and touched on issues of separation and morality.

Watch the show in RealTM format.

One month later, on August 10, 2020, Dave was once again on It's Your Call with Rev. Rodney Muhammed of the Nation of Islam. This time the topic was religion and politics.

Watch the show.



Atheists in New Jersey had an enjoyable Autumnal Equinox brunch. For pictures and a report, click here.


On September 23, 2020 California American Atheists held a protest picket against the Promise Keepers' agenda.

(Read the report and see the photos)



The Cowtown Ram. Photos from the Cowtown RAMTM in Fort Worth, Texas.

Text of Ellen Johnson's speech.

Text of Conrad Goeringer's speech.



Pictures from American Atheists' protest at the Democratic Party Convention on August 14, 2020.

American Atheists Youth and Families Director Dave Silverman was recently interviewed on the CN-8 cable news program about atheism and state-church separation issues.

Here is the REAL VIDEO/AUDIO of that program.


Michigan Protest
Back Row: Karen Sundberg, Henry Morgan, Roger Hane, Gus Echeverri, Dill Henderson. Front: Arlene-Marie, George Shiffer, Bill Honer. Not shown: Lee Helms taking photo

A VICTORY FOR SEPARATION!

Members of American Atheists have been speaking out against a proposal in Westland, Michigan which would permit organized, sectarian prayer at the opening of public government meetings, including gatherings of the local City Council. On July 5, American Atheist Michigan State Director Henry Morgan and supporters attended the Westland City Council meeting where the measure was to have debated. Instead, council members postponed action until later in the month.

At the July 17, 2020 council meeting, members of AA and the affiliated Michigan Atheists were out in front of city hall protesting this unconstitutional measure. We're happy to report that the council promptly tabled this scheme after Morgan warned of "potential costly litigation" in the matter. Henry fully expects the prayer proposal to be back, though; we'll keep you posted!


Toy Dinosaur ... We are seduced, captivated and enchanted by all things dinosaur. We devour their imagery and history, whether in lavishly illustrated books, Saturday morning cartoons, or -- with all of their terrific immensity and power -- on television programs and movies...

(click here to read From Sue's Place to Mars and Back)


Dallas area Atheists took up took up the tradition of picketing Promise Keepers.

We have photos and reports.


June 26, 2020

“THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JESUS” -- What do you think?

This evening (Monday, June 26), ABC News is slated to air a program which claims to examine the life and times of Jesus Christ. Historians, and even many biblical scholars, remain divided over this question. Did a person known as Jesus Christ really exist? Could he have been a creation of myths and legends from earlier times? Is there any good evidence to support the claims about his life found in the Bible? Does archeology provide any hint that he did exist, and had miraculous powers?

What do you think?

To help you examine the questions surrounding this complicated issue, we have a number of articles which examine the historicity of Jesus, and the validity of other claims found in the Bible. (http://www.atheists.org/church/)

You may also wish to check out the ABC site and Belief.net which has an interview with ABC commentator and journalist Peter Jennings.

Then feel free to leave your remarks about the program on our special discussion forum. Please limit your comments to the subject matter presented on this evening's ABC program.

Read what other visitors have to say about this topic.

For more information about the Jesus Myth:

American Atheists is proud to carry a CD-ROM containing some of the finest scholarship of the past on the historical Jesus question. AN INTRODUCTION TO FREETHOUGHT, produced by Emmett Fields’ “Bank of Wisdom,” the CD contains 26 volumes of Atheist classics, many of which deal directly with the historicity issue. In addition to THE WORLD’S SIXTEEN CRUCIFIED SAVIORS, OR CHRISTIANITY BEFORE CHRIST (by Kersey Graves), the disc contains THE TRUTH ABOUT JESUS: IS HE A MYTH? (by M. M. Mangasarian), THE ORIGINS OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH, BEING A CANDID EXAMINATION OF THE MATERIALS OUT OF WHICH HISTORIC CHRISTIANITY IS BUILT (by “Investigator”), THE JESUS PROBLEM: A RESTATEMENT OF THE MYTH THEORY (by the all-time expert on this subject, J. M. Robertson), THE HISTORICAL JESUS: A SURVEY OF POSITIONS (also by John M. Robertson), and THE CHRIST: A CRITICAL REVIEW AND ANALYSIS OF THE EVIDENCE OF HIS EXISTENCE (by John E. Remsburg). The disc also includes such weighty tomes as 400 YEARS OF FREETHOUGHT (by Samuel P. Putnam) and A BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF FREETHINKERS OF ALL AGES AND NATIONS (by J. M. Wheeler).

(Click here to purchase.)


Story and pictures from the Dallas TX National Day Of Prayer Protest.


On March 29, 2020 Texas Atheists took part in a Respect Our Constitition event. We have pictures and an article.


Jan 6, 2020

A Federal judge ruled against Atheists Dave Kong and John Messina in the Mt. Davidson Cross Trial. (Read the FlashLine story for details.)

Here is a copy of a letter from San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, on city stationary. (Read Mayor Brown's Letter - requires Adobe Acrobat Reader). If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader (most people do) you can obtain a free copy from Adobe.

(see previous Web Supplement articles and photographs on this story.)


Jan 6, 2020

New Jersey is considering a Religious Liberty Protection Act bill. David Silverman, American Atheists State Director for New Jersey testified against its passage.

(Read his testimony here.)


Two Crèche-related photo sets:
1) Somerset Mass. “secularized” Christian Nativity Scene. and
2) Pictures from San Jose, CA protest - December 5, 2020



Should a professional baseball team which plays in a tax-funded stadium discriminate against fans on the basis of religious belief? Is the baseball game a strictly private event, or is it a “public accommodation”?

Read the full article and the court’s decision.



Union County Atheists of New Jersey picketed Promise Keepers at the Meadowlands Arena in East Rutherford, NJ on October 2, 2020.

Read Joe Zamecki's report (with photos.)



California American Atheists picketed Promise Keepers in Stockton on September 11, 2020.

See report and photos from the event.



Promise Keepers held another one of their mass stadium events at the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC, on Saturday, Aug. 14th, and was greeted by a protest by American Atheists members and supporters near the main entrance.

We have the text from the flyer advertising this event. It goes into detail about the reasons American Atheists pickets Promise Keepers events.


In the wake of the US House of Representatives' vote to allow posting of the Ten Commandments in public schools, Jim Senyszyn contributes Against Displaying The Ten Commandments In Government Center.

Mr. Senyszyn wrote this in 1997, in response to a Charlotte NC proposal for a decalogue display. Here are nine good reasons to uphold the ban on religious displays at government sites.


On May 22, 2020, California Atheists held a "Tear Down The Cross" rally to protest San Francisco's illegal Christian symbol.

(See photographs from the event.)

June 1: Report and pictures from day 1 of the trial.


Pictures from American Atheists' protest in San Jose, CA on the occasion of the Mayor's and city government's casual disregard for the first amendment on May 6, 2020

... And Texas Atheists protest in Dallas, TX.

(Read Dave Kong's report on the California Protests)




American Atheists Texas State Director testifies on RFRA before a state legislative committee.

(and we've got pictures!)



Many professional athletes seem to have a great need to be seen in the act of “being religious.”

American Atheists National Spokesperson Ron Barrier explains why.



Pope Picket ’99 is history, and you can read about it here.

(Read speech transcripts and see photographs from the event.)



California Atheists gathered in San Jose on December 5, 2020; this time to protest a Christmas Nativity display in a public park. Once again, atheists speak out for state/church separation.

Read Davd Kong's report and see pictures and video from the event.



Taslima Nasrin -- writer, poet, feminist, and atheist -- is under threat of legal and mob action in her native Bangladesh. American Atheists held a peaceful protest in front of the Embassy of Bangladesh in Washington D.C. on October 19, 2020. Here is the report.

(We hope you read the article, but here are the pictures.)

It’s too late to join American Atheists for this protest, but you can still visit the Flash Line story for ideas on writing American and Bangladesh officials with your concerns on this issue.



Promise Keepers gathered in Sacramento, CA, at the Arco arena on October 10, 2020. California Atheists were present as well. Don't forget to see the pictures!

And on September 19, 2020, Tucson-area Atheists picketed a Promise Keepers event. We've Got Pictures!

For background on reasons for picketing PK events, see the flyer from last February's picket in Charlotte, NC.



The Rutherford Institute, Senator Orrin Hatch, The National Clergy Council, Christian Coalition, ...

The “Religious Right” loves a good sex scandal. Read all about it.



It's July and North America is sizzling! So, what do you do?

If you're Conrad Goeringer, you write an article about Going To The Beach. (from an Atheist's perspective, of course.)



In his May 1998 column, Dave Silverman compared “free will” to Dr. Who’s Sonic Screw Driver, a handy all-purpose tool.

The American Atheist Web Supplement now presents an article by Lawrence Louis in which he shares his thoughts on free will. Mr. Louis approaches the subject from the direction of causation.

(Read the article by Lawrence Louis.)



Noel Singleton entertains and enlightens us with his Evolution Poem For Young Humanists.



Our fascination with the disaster genre mirrors an unsteady world. Despite the demise of the cold war, we are again on the nuclear edge as we approach the millennium.

(Read the article by Conrad Goeringer.)



California Atheists protested at a Scout-a-rama in Orange County on May 9, 2020.

Dave Kong, American Atheists State Director for California, tells us all about it, and shares photos.



Pictures taken on May 4, 2020 in Washington DC, where officers from American Atheists and other atheist activists met with White House officials.

(photographs and a link to the full story.)


Freemasons, having alienated State and Church with their religious tolerance and secret rituals, have often been suspected of dark and dangerous conspiracy. Are we really willing to believe just about anything?

Read the article by Conrad Goeringer.

check out our "Paranoid Nation" opinion poll.


James Cameron's epic has become the most financially successful movie of all time. Why are so many people responding to a film about a nautical disaster 87 years ago? It may be that both the event and its retelling on the big screen have lessons for all of us...

Read the article by Conrad Goeringer.



On February 9, 2020, a group of Atheists from North Carolina picketed Promise Keepers founder Bill McCartney.

This story was first published in Flash Line on Feb 10, 2020. Jim Senyszyn's article is included in the Web Supplement accompanied by new pictures of the obviously happy group. As you can see, it is possible to speak out on behalf of state-church separation and human rights while having a grand time!

(go to full story and photographs.)

Wayne Aiken, American Atheists State Director for North Carolina, took part in the picket and files this report (and more pictures.) Wayne discusses a press conference held Jan 3, 2020, which presented a rebuttal concering the intent of the Founding Fathers.

Also: Text of the flyer announcing the event:Why is American Atheists Picketing the Promise Keepers?




Alphabet Soup

Confused about the latest “Religious Freedom” legislative proposal? Do all the acronyms start sounding like a recipe for alphabet soup?

You won't be confused after you read Conrad Goeringer's informative article.



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