Freethought PAC Endorses Legislative Allies in the Fight for Secular America

August 18th, 2016

Political Allies must Champion Issues of Church/State Separation Vital to our Community

For Immediate Release

Contact: Ron Millar,, 202-238-9088 ext. 201

(Washington, DC, Aug. 18, 2016)—The Freethought Equality Fund Political Action Committee (FEF PAC) is endorsing over a dozen members of Congress who have a proven record of support for key issues in the nontheist community: secular government, scientific integrity, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ rights and civil rights for all Americans.

“Until we again have an open atheist or humanist in Congress, secular Americans must rely on our political allies to champion issues of church/state separation vital to our community,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the Freethought Equality Fund. “We are grateful to these members of Congress for their leadership, and we look forward to the day when they welcome openly humanist and atheist legislators as their colleagues.”

These candidates endorsed by the FEF PAC have demonstrated their solidarity with the secular community by supporting legislative measures that strengthen the separation of church and state, protect nontheists from discrimination and uphold scientific integrity in education and research. Incumbent candidates endorsed by the FEF PAC are: Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Rep. Don Beyer (VA-8), Rep. Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9), Rep. Bill Foster (IL-11), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC), Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17), Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13), Rep. Mark Pocan (WI-2), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Rep. Bobby Scott (VA-3) and Rep. Adam Smith (WA-9). The FEF PAC is also endorsing Carol Shea-Porter, who is running to reclaim her seat in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District.

More information about the candidates endorsed by the Freethought Equality Fund PAC can be found here.


The mission of the Freethought Equality Fund (FEF) is to change the face of American politics and to achieve equality by increasing the number of open humanist and atheists, and their allies, in public office at all levels of government. FEF supports progressive candidates who are strong advocates for the separation of religion and government and the protection of American’s civil liberties. FEF is affiliated with the Center for Freethought Equality, which is the advocacy and political arm of the American Humanist Association. To learn more about the Freethought Equality Fund, visit Facebook and Twitter.