Atheist PAC Announces First Endorsements

Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 09:09 AM

By Courtney Coren

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
An atheist-affiliated political action committee has made its first endorsements since the group formed in September, throwing its support behind six candidates.

The Freethought Equality Fund has said it wants to back candidates who support the doctrine of separation of church and state in an effort to increase the number of secular political figures in government.

The candidates backed by the atheist PAC are all Democrats and include three incumbent U.S. House members, one new challenger for Congress, and two state legislators seeking re-election.

The four federal candidates are Reps. Jared Polis of Colorado, Rush Holt of New Jersey, Bobby Scott of Virginia, and Dr. Lee Rogers, who is challenging Republican Rep. Buck McKeon of California.

Polis and Holt co-authored a measure to observe the birthday of evolutionary biologist Charles Darwin, the group notes. Holt also co-authored an amendment that would allow humanist chaplains in the military.

Not all the candidates are atheists; Polis is a Jew and Scott is an Episcopalian. They are being endorsed by the PAC because they support secular government in spite of their religious views.

"We believe that Rep. Scott, an Episcopalian, is a model for members of Congress that shows regardless of one's personal religious faith, they must represent all people, including those who are nonreligious," said Bishop McNeil, coordinator of the Freethought Equality Fund.

The group is also supporting Oregon state Rep. Carolyn Tomei and Arizona state Rep. Juan Mendez.

Mendez made headlines in May after leading the Arizona state House in an invocation with a reading from Carl Sagan.

When the Freethought group formed in September, it claimed that there were at least two dozen House members who were "closet" atheists.

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Tea Party Express Chairwoman Steps Down

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:23 PM

Amy Kremer, chairwoman of the Tea Party Express is leaving her post so she can focus on the campaign for Senate Minority . . .

SC Gov. Haley in Double-Digit Lead Over Democratic Challenger

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 14:04 PM

South Carolina Republican Gov. Nikki Haley holds a substantial lead over Democratic challenger Vincent Sheheen in this y . . .

Democrat Super PAC Banks $6.5M for TV Ads in 24 Key House Races

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 13:18 PM

A Democrat super PAC plans to blitz the airwaves in the fall with TV ads in two dozen key House races as the embattled p . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved