American Humanist Association Tells Newly-Elected Members of Congress Not to Join Congressional Prayer Caucus

The American Humanist Association sent a letter to the winners of last night’s Congressional races urging them not to join the Congressional Prayer Caucus:

“Members of the Congressional Prayer Caucus have repeatedly introduced and supported legislation that many secular Americans feel is unconstitutional and often favors Christianity above all other religions,” said American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt.

“Incoming House members should know that approximately one in five of their constituents are not religiously affiliated, and even more insist on maintaining the wall of separation between church and state,” Speckhardt continued. “Secular Americans are ready to work with all members of the 113th Congress, regardless of their personal beliefs, if they agree on this basic constitutional principle.”

You can read the full letter here (PDF).

A quick glance at the issues the CPC is working on makes you wonder how these people ever got elected to office in the first place, considering how little they give a damn about the U.S. Constitution.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • Baal

    I read the CPC webpage you linked.  It’s a who’s who of christian privilege and underlines why some of those items are not just trivia we should ignore (xmas displays, 10 commandments displays, in god we trust, ‘ceremonial’ opening prayer).

  • Highlander

    Wow, I read that CPC issues page and threw up in my mouth a little.  When are these Xtians going to realize that although going from a favored to a neutral status may feel like hostility, it really isn’t.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Arthur-Bryne/100002441143047 Arthur Bryne

    Using the basic question on the Supreme Court’s “prayer in schools” ruling as a proxy for Church/State  separation attitude, the GSS says very roughly 70% of “Nones”, 40% of the not-very religious, and 30% of the strongly religious are Church-State separation fans. Inconveniently, that’s only about 40% overall. 

    It looks like the tipping point is circa the 1978 cohort; but alarmingly, we seem to be gradually losing ground on that particular issue within cohorts over time.


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