American Atheists Release 2021 State of the Secular States Report

American Atheists has sounded the alarm on Christian nationalists’ likely strategy for 2022. This warning draws on the large body of research and trends published today in the organization’s 2021 State of the Secular States report. Now in its fourth annual edition, this report provides the most comprehensive review ever of statewide laws and policies affecting church-state separation and religious equality in all 50 states, Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

“Overall, 2021 was the worst state legislative session for civil rights in more than a decade,” said American Atheists’ Vice President of Legal and Policy Alison Gill, who authored the report. “Unless the media and advocates shine a light on white Christian nationalists’ unprecedented attacks on our democracy, this extremist movement’s momentum will only increase in 2022.”

Based on the state legislative data from 2021, American Atheists anticipates the continuation of at least three dangerous trends: 1) a wave of harmful state-level Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (RFRAs), 2) denial of health care legislation, and 3) legislative attacks on public schools.

Read American Atheists’ full press release.

Read State Ratings and Scorecards.

Read New Jersey’s Scorecard. Rated “Strong Protections for Religious Equality,” but we still have work to do.

Watch American Atheists’ 1/19/22 webinar “Measuring Religious Equality: 2021 State of the Secular States Report” (registration required to view).

Published 1/20/22