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

Make Room for Freethinkers on Capitol Hill

May 1, 2018

New congressional caucus promotes reason, science and secularism. In politics and government, interest groups typically need some level of popularity and respectability in order to exert influence. As such, today’s public announcement by Rep. Jared Huffman(link is external) (D-CA) of the formation of the first-ever Congressional Freethought Caucus is particularly noteworthy. That’s right, a FreethoughtCaucus. Of all the constituencies known for wielding clout in Washington, …

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There Will Soon Be a “Congressional Freethought Caucus” on Capitol Hill

April 26, 2018

The U.S. Congress will soon have a caucus — a group of legislators that gets together to promote common interests — dedicated to reason and science, the secular government our founders envisioned, and issues concerning non-religious Americans. You would think, given how there are caucuses for everything, we’d already have one of these. After all, there …

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Nontheists Applaud The Announcement of a Congressional Freethought Caucus

April 25, 2018
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Washington, DC –Today, Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the formation of the first-ever Congressional Freethought Caucus. The mission of the caucus is to promote public policy based on reason and science, to protect the secular character of our government, and to champion the value of …

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Openly Secular Rep Huffman Says There Are At Least "Religious Seekers" Like Him In Congress

November 20, 2017
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Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) is the only sitting Member of Congress who is openly nonreligious. However, Rep. Huffman says at least 10 of his colleagues on Capitol Hill are also “religious seekers” like him. In an interview with the San Fransico Chronicle, Rep. Huffman said: … He said there are probably at least 10 other “seekers” like …

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Second Sitting Member of Congress Comes Out As A Nontheist

November 9, 2017
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Today, Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) made history as the second sitting Member of Congress in history to come out as a nontheist. Huffman said he was inspired to be honest about his secular identity because of the “negative ways” the Trump Administration was using religion. In the Washington Post, Huffman explains: “I don’t believe in …

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