Congressional Freethought Caucus

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    PROMOTES

    Promotes public policy formed on the basis of reason, science, and moral values.

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    PROTECTS

    Protects the secular character of our government by adhering to the strict Constitutional principle of the separation of church and state.

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    OPPOSES

    Opposes discrimination against atheists, agnostics, humanists, seekers, religious and nonreligious persons, and to champion the value of freedom of thought and conscience worldwide.

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    PROVIDES

    Provides a forum for members of Congress to discuss their moral frameworks, ethical values, and personal religious journeys.

The Congressional Freethought Caucus was founded by Representatives Huffman and Raskin in April, 2018.

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Latest Updates

Freethought Caucus Activities

National Nontheist Organizations Issue Letter Opposing Kavanaugh’s Confirmation

July 26, 2018
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Washington, DC — Today, eighteen national organizations representing atheists, agnostics, humanists, and nontheistic Americans delivered a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee urging them to reject the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court. “Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination would be a wrecking ball to the vital separation between church and state,” said Representative Jared …

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The Only Openly Non-Religious Member of Congress Easily Won His Primary

June 6, 2018
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This wasn’t one of the races anyone was paying close attention to last night, but I think it still merits mention. In California’s 2nd congressional district, Rep. Jared Huffman, the only openly non-theistic member of Congress, coasted through his top-two-advance-to-November primary. He’ll face Republican Dale Mensing in what should be a (thankfully) uneventful race. What’s notable is that …

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Is it just an ‘atheists’ club? Inside the House of Representatives’ new Freethought Caucus

May 10, 2018

As religious tensions flare in the House, four Democratic congressmen are launching a new group dedicated to science-based policy, separation of church and state, and freedom for all—including atheists. The nearly 500 registered caucuses in the House of Representatives cover seemingly every issue. They represent social problems (Homelessness Caucus, Military Sexual Assault Prevention Caucus); industries (Coal Caucus, …

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Steve Deace: Congressional Freethought Caucus Members Want to “Kill God”

May 3, 2018

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 …

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The latest faith group to launch a congressional caucus? The nonreligious.

May 2, 2018

A new religious group in the US House of Representatives is advocating for more representation and influence. Those members? The nonreligious. This week, Democratic Reps. Jared Huffman (CA), Jamie Raskin (MD), Jerry McNerney (CA), and Dan Kildee (MI) announced the formation of a new caucus, known as the Congressional Freethought Caucus, to safeguard the interests of nontheists …

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Dem lawmakers launch ‘Freethought’ congressional caucus

May 1, 2018

Four Democratic congressmen on Monday launched a congressional caucus they said would center on fostering “science and reason-based solutions” and “defending the secular character of our government.” California Reps. Jared Huffman (D) and Jerry McNerney (D) joined forces with Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Dan Kildee (D-Mich.) to launch the Congressional Freethought Caucus. According to a release, the goals of the caucus include pushing “public …

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