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Religious Equality in Healthcare: Model State Legislation

Jan 25, 2021 01:00 PM EST

How can legislators ensure that everyone has access to healthcare, regardless of where they live and the religious affiliation of the providers available to them? As religious hospital systems expand, too many people are left without a secular alternative in many areas, which can result in denial of care. State legislators and their staff are invited to a presentation by Alison Gill, Vice President of Legal and Policy at American Atheists, and Rachel Deitch, Director of Policy and Social Justice at the Center for Freethought Equality, about new, innovative policy solutions that will provide transparency and protect against religiously motivated discrimination in healthcare.

This program is brought to you by American Atheists, the Association of Secular Elected Officials, and Center for Freethought Equality.

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The number of religiously unaffiliated Americans is growing rapidly; however, this community is severely underrepresented in the political arena. As more and more people are willing to publicly proclaim their lack of religious beliefs or religious affiliation, the bias against this community is beginning to diminish. 

At the same time, the lines between religion and government become increasingly blurred as lawmakers at all levels of government and leadership in the White House cater to Christian Nationalists and carry out their political agenda. In the face of this assault on the First Amendment and the religious freedoms it protects, Secular Elected Officials must be vigilant in protecting our Constitution and ensuring that our government protects the freedoms of all faiths and none.

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