frequently asked questions
WHAT IS AN ATHEIST?
An atheist is a person who lacks a belief in god(s).
WHERE IN THE CONSTITUTION CAN I FIND “SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE”?
The exact words “separation of church and state” do not appear in the Constitution; neither do “separation of powers,” “interstate commerce,” “right to privacy,” and other phrases describing well-established constitutional principles.
The First Amendment's Establishment Clause prohibits the government from making any law “respecting an establishment of religion.” This clause not only forbids the government from establishing an official religion, but also prohibits government actions that unduly favor one religion over another and religion over nonreligion.
WHY DO YOU HATE CHRISTIANS?
We love Christians. We love Muslims. We love Satanists. We love people of many other religious affiliations. NIA has several religious members because they value state/church separation, the work we do in the community, and the services we provide. NIA works with several religious organizations on an ongoing basis to better the world we live in.
YOU’RE AN ATHEIST ORGANIZATION, SO WHY DO YOU WORK WITH RELIGIOUS GROUPS?
We will work with any religious group if our end goals are the same and they have a rock-solid nondiscrimination policy. The religious organizations we work with already have a network and established clientele who need our help. We do the most good by working together.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF JOINING NIA?
The benefits of joining depend on what you want to do with your membership. Joining on our website at any Membership level will put you on our mailing list so you can stay up-to-date on our activities and campaigns. All members also get official NIA Membership Cards. Some membership levels give you discounted pricing in our online store. If you want your membership to be even more rewarding, consider joining us at our monthly social events, one of our community project events, or contributing to the mission of NIA in other ways.
ARE THERE AGE RESTRICTIONS FOR MEMBERS?
HOW IS MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION USED?
We value the privacy of our members and do not share membership information with anyone. Only NIA Board Members who need to have access are permitted access to the membership database and it is used exclusively by NIA for outreach and communication. NIA will never disclose the names of any of our members without their explicit permission. The release of anyone's name without their consent would undermine our members' trust in the organization.