Atheist PAC Launches To Promote Equality For Nonbelievers

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Although a growing number of Americans say they are not affiliated with any religion, Congress has just one member who says the same. A new political action committee is hoping to level the playing field.


On Wednesday, the Center for Humanist Activism launched the Freethought Equality Fund, which it's billing as the first nontheist political action committee with a full-time paid staff.

"I am pleased that we're able to meet this need for political representation for atheist, humanist, and other freethinkers," Roy Speckhardt, the group's executive director, said in a statement. "To be able to provide financial assistance to candidates who support secular government will benefit all Americans, including those who value the absence of government entanglement in religious beliefs."

The PAC will back humanist, atheist and agnostic candidates at all levels of government. Freethought's coordinator, Bishop McNeill, told The Huffington Post that it would also be open to supporting candidates who identify with a religion if they are committed to protecting the separation of church and state and defending the civil liberties of secular Americans.

Written By: Amanda Terkel
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  1. Mixed feelings about this… that it is apparently necessary to select candidates on the basis of non-faith is almost as bad as selecting them on the basis of faith. Faith should be irrelevant. What do they think about the economy, civil rights, foreign policy… the job they are bloody well elected to do? That’s what matters.

    I would no more want an all-atheist House than I would want an all-Southern Baptists House.

    Ideally this PAC should sponsor any politician, however religious he is, if and only if he is wiling to state openly that a person’s faith or lack of it is immaterial in making political decisions, and therefore he’s going to check his faith in at the door of the Capitol, because that’s what the first amendment says he should do.

    • Yes, I kind of agree with you. On the other hand I understand why USA needs more PACs that explicitly support openly non-religious people since they are vastly discriminated against by the rest of the PACs. I see this more in terms of for example supporting gay people, women or blacks. A way to change the equilibrium a bit. A necessary evil, perhaps… In reply to #3 by Stevehill:

      Mixed feelings about this… that it is apparently necessary to select candidates on the basis of non-faith is almost as bad as selecting them on the basis of faith. Faith should be irrelevant. What do they think about the economy, civil rights, foreign policy… the job they are bloody well elect…

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