By Hemant Mehta
Last week, Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) announced the formation of a Congressional Freethought Caucus.
Since that announcement, we’ve learned a few more details. Huffman and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) will co-chair the caucus. Other members include Rep. Jerry McNerney(D-CA), Rep. Dan Kildee (D-MI), and Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who announced her membership on Twitter.
What will the caucus do? We already know their goals:
1) to promote public policy formed on the basis of reason, science, and moral values;
2) to protect the secular character of our government by adhering to the strict Constitutional principle of the separation of church and state;
3) to oppose discrimination against atheists, agnostics, humanists, seekers, religious and nonreligious persons, and to champion the value of freedom of thought and conscience worldwide; and
4) to provide a forum for members of Congress to discuss their moral frameworks, ethical values, and personal religious journeys.
To be clear, you don’t even have to be non-religious to join this caucus. As long as you support church/state separation and evidence-based policymaking, you’re pretty much good to go!
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