Democrats passed a resolution lauding religiously unaffiliated voters and framing religious liberty as a threat to civil rights.
The resolution, which passed unanimously at the Democratic National Committee’s summer meeting in San Francisco on Aug. 24, was championed by the Secular Coalition of America, an group representing atheists, agnostics, and humanists on policy matters, multiple reports say.
“Religiously unaffiliated Americans overwhelmingly share the Democratic Party’s values,” the resolution reads, emphasizing advocacy for “rational public policy based on sound science and universal humanistic values.”
This marks the first time a major political party recognized this demographic in such formal fashion, a move the coalition praised.
“America was founded as a secular government charged with representing and protecting the freedoms of people of all faiths and none,” said Sarah Levin, director of governmental affairs for the Secular Coalition of America.
“I am proud to see the Democratic Party take that to heart by bringing secular Americans into the fold.”
The resolution goes on to criticize religious Americans and refers to religious freedom claims as discriminatory.
“[T]hose most loudly claiming that morals, values, and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views, with misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty,’ to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women, and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities,” it reads.
Michael Wear, an evangelical Christian who served in the Obama administration and is the author of Redeeming Hope, called the move “idiotic.”
“These people actually approved a resolution with the claim: ‘the religiously unaffiliated demographic represents the largest religious group within the Democratic Party.’ Because protestants are all divided with their denominations, but the religiously unaffiliated are coherent,” he tweeted Thursday.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Brandon Showalter