Toronto Dominion Bank Notary Refuses to Serve Atheist Group

According to an American Atheists Managing Director, Amanda Knief:

A notary at a local bank, where I have gone more than a dozen times to have work documents signed, asked me to explain what we were having notarized. The documents were charitable organizations registrations for American Atheists in several states. So I told her what AA is about. She looked down, then looked at me and [American Atheists President] Dave Silverman and said she couldn’t sign the documents because of “personal reasons” and went to find another notary who was eating his lunch to come do the authentications.

That bank was a Toronto Dominion bank in New Jersey. I’m pretty sure that this notary’s behaviour isn’t bank policy but while representing the bank, it certainly could be interpreted that way. Furthermore, maybe I’m just being really Canadian here, but I found this incident embarrassing because TD is a Canadian bank and we are generally seen as more atheist friendly up here.

I hope this is resolved soon and the bank provides an explanation and apology to American Atheists. For more details, check out David Silverman’s Facebook post.

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