Congress Debates Exempting Atheists from Protection Under Civil Rights Act of 1963

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Congress debates an amendment to the Civil Rights Act of 1963 which would remove the protection of prohibitions against religious discrimination from atheists.

Proposed by Ohio Republican John Ashbrook, the amendment reads: "...it shall not be an unlawful employment practice for an employer to refuse to hire and employ any person because of said persons' atheistic practices and beliefs." The amendment will pass by the House of Representatives, 137-98 but it fails to pass the Senate.

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