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Atheists of Florida unites a community of activists to uphold
the complete and absolute separation of church and state.

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Our Mission and Purpose:
In the words of Atheists of Florida activists EllenBeth Wachs & Portia Westerfield


Americans United Urges Federal Appeals Court To Rule Against Florida City Commission's Sectarian Invocations

American United has filed an Amicus brief in the Wachs v. City of Lakeland case. You can see the brief

and the Press release on their site.


Atheists of Florida & EllenBeth Wachs


City of Lakeland & Mayor Gow Fields

The judge ruled against us and using remarkable logic decided that the city was not advancing one faith nor proselytizing because it had invited a "vast array of culturally and heterogeneous Christian organizations"



Acting President and Lead Plaintiff, EllenBeth Wachs, has already instructed our counsel to file the appeal.


American Atheists names

EllenBeth Wachs

Florida's Atheist Activist of the Year

.~ Current Events Timeline ~


AoF President Steps Down to Concentrate on Upcoming School Board Trial;

Wachs is Acting President

October 17, 2011 To concentrate fully on his upcoming trial, John Kieffer notified the Board of Directors for Atheists of Florida that he has transferred all executive authority, duties and responsibilities as President to the Vice-President, EllenBeth Wachs. Read more


Jury Trial for Atheist Reset to Jan. 5 & 6, 2012 

(Updated) October 26 , 2011 John Kieffer, who was arrested at the Polk County School Board facility in February, is scheduled for a trial by jury January 5 & 6, 2012, at the Polk County courthouse in Bartow. Kieffer, the president of Atheists of Florida, was arrested prior to the official start of a school board meeting February 22nd. Wearing a One Nation Indivisible Atheists of Florida t-shirt, Kieffer did not participate in a pre-meeting Christian prayer ritual and instead milled about, took photos and spoke with Atheists of Florida Vice-President EllenBeth Wachs. Kieffer was charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest without violence and disrupting a lawful assembly. The three misdemeanors carry a total maximum jail/prison sentence of 1 year and 4 months.

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Trial is once more rescheduled!!

2 charges dismissed!!

John has had 2 of his 3 charges outright dismissed. He is still facing one misdemeanor charge at this time.



Charges Dismissed! EllenBeth Celebrates at Benefit Concert

29 August 2011 A benefit concert on Sunday for EllenBeth Wachs turned into a celebration as she announced to her audience that the trumped up criminal charges against her had been dismissed. Prosecutors realized that it was not in their best interest to move forward to trial and offered a settlement agreement that dismissed the felonies and averted convictions on all charges. The Lakeland event was attended by Atheists of Florida members from around the state. It featured live music and atheist activist speakers from around the country. Read more


Donate to EllenBeth's Legal Fund

Atheists of Florida Vice-President EllenBeth Wachs has courageously acted on several government fronts in Polk County in behalf of her civil rights and, for that matter, the rights of all religious minorities in her community who are expected to quietly accept their status as second class citizens.

To silence her, the sheriff, an outspoken fundamentalist Christian, and other like-minded operatives in the county's law enforcement community have coordinated and retaliated forcibly against her. EllenBeth was arrested and jailed on two bogus felony charges: allegations that no one in U.S. history has ever been arrested, charged, or, let alone, convicted for. This is undeniably religious based persecution and EllenBeth needs your help.
She has hired an experienced legal team and needs financial assistance to fight back against this abuse of power.


Atheists of Florida, Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization under the United States Internal Revenue Code, so your donation is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800) 435-7352 within the state.Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.
 number CH6936.


$10,000 Donation: Stiefel Freethought Foundation assists embattled atheists

August 8, 2011 -- In defense of the civil rights of atheists, Humanists and Freethinkers in Florida, the Stiefel Freethought Foundation has donated $10,000 to EllenBeth's Legal Fund through Atheists of Florida. Todd Stiefel, founder of the North Carolina based foundation, recognizes that what is occurring in Polk County, Florida, is an epic confrontation between the political elite who serve to protect the religious privilege of their majority constituents against a civil rights minority, atheists, demanding equal protection and adherence to the U.S. Constitution.


EllenBeth sues Sheriff Grady Judd

June 24, 2011 To stop a religiously motivated persecution against her, EllenBeth Wachs filed a lawsuit today against Sheriff Grady Judd in Federal District Court in Tampa, FL. The complaint asserts that the Polk County sheriff's actions, which included two arrests and a search of her home, violated her First Amendment rights and her right to due process. Copy of the federal complaint and additional information Read more...

Incarcerate Atheists?

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd has publicly supported Polk Under Prayer (PUP), an affiliation of Polk County evangelical churches and government officials. One affiliate promoted the PUP doctrine on its website: If they [people in Polk County] will not submit to God's way of living, then the prayer is to have them incarcerated or removed from the county.