Americans who count themselves among the “nones” — as in atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation — have launched a new political action committee.
The goal? To support the election of like-minded lawmakers or, at a minimum, candidates committed to upholding the constitutional separation between church and state.
“The Freethought Equality Fund will work to elect the nones … in addition to those who will work for our rights so we can finally have the representation in Congress we deserve,” said Maggie Ardiente of the American Humanist Association, at a Washington news conference Wednesday where the new PAC was rolled out.
Besides giving the growing percentage of Americans who identify as “nones” an opportunity to elect more candidates who share their values, the new political action committee’s creators hope it will help stiffen the backbones of lawmakers who they believe are too afraid to openly state their skepticism and doubts about the existence of a divine author of the universe.
“We already know of more than two dozen closeted atheists serving in Congress today,” Ardiente said. “The fact that they’re in the closet about their nonbelief says a lot about why this PAC is greatly needed. The time to come out is now and the Freethought Equality Fund will help make it happen.”
Humanists believe cultural trends are ever more favoring them. The percentage of Americans identifying as nonreligious has grown to about 20 percent of the population.