Washington, D.C.- Representatives Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Jerry McNerney (D-CA), and Dan Kildee (D-MI) announced the launch of the Congressional Freethought Caucus to promote sound public policy based on reason, science, and moral values, protect the secular character of our government, and champion the value of freedom of thought worldwide.
“I’m thrilled to be a co-founder of the new Congressional Freethought Caucus, which will help spark an open dialogue about science and reason-based policy solutions, and the importance of defending the secular character of our government,” said Rep. Huffman. “There currently is no forum focused on these important issues, and with this Administration and certain members of Congress constantly working to erode the separation of church and state, this new caucus is both important and timely.”
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People, THIS IS A BIG DEAL. After over 200 years of its existence, there is an organization in the US Congress actually interested in understanding, preserving and protecting the separation between state and church and taking a rational, reasoned approach to lawmaking. In theory, this move should threaten no one of faith, although I have already seen some less than rational reaction to the above announcement. The fundamentalists have already claimed that we're "killing god" when all that is truly happening is allowing those without faith a seat at the table. No doubt there will be more sturm und drang about this in the days to come, but that doesn't change the fact that we now have a proper and official foothold in the halls of Congress.
I have already written a letter to my congresspersons, encouraging them to join the Congressional Freethought Caucus, and I hope they do (though I am dubious about Portman!). I would heartily suggest that you write your own representatives and do likewise.