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Media Advisory: AHA to Present Arguments Demanding Equality for Humanist Prisoners

For Immediate Release

Contact: Amy Couch,, 202-238-9088 Monica Miller, Senior Counsel,, 202-238-9088

(Raleigh, NC, January 23, 2018)—The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center, in support of its motion for summary judgment in its case challenging the North Carolina Department of Public Safety’s discrimination against humanist inmates, will present oral arguments before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.

When: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at 10:00 am

Where: United States Courthouse, 310 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina, 7th Floor - Courtroom 2

Who: Monica Miller, Senior Counsel at the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, will present the arguments and will be available to speak with the media.

Why: The American Humanist Association filed for summary judgment on behalf of humanist inmates arguing that the state’s disparate treatment of humanist inmates violates the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.

Case Caption: American Humanist Association, et al v. Perry, et al (5:15-ct-03053-BO)


Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., the American Humanist Association (AHA) works to protect the rights of humanists, atheists, and other non-religious Americans. The AHA advances the ethical and life-affirming philosophy of humanism, which—without beliefs in any gods or other supernatural forces—encourages individuals to live informed and meaningful lives that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

Special thanks to the Louis J. Appignani Foundation for their support of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.

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