Our Issues

Health & Safety

  • Scientific information, rather than religious dogma or theology, is the appropriate basis for determining the validity and efficacy of public health policy and legislative measures pertaining to medical care
  • Healthcare policy must not be based on religious assumptions about human sexuality or human development
  • Government should not endorse or legitimize “religious” medical practice including faith-based healing, religious vaccination exemptions, and ungrounded New Age medicine
  • End-of-life choices, including death with dignity, medically assisted death, etc., must be safeguarded from religious intrusion or theological definitions of “life” or “personhood” 

Education

  • Public policy should ensure fact-based science and sex education
  • Public funds should not be diverted into private religious schools

Discrimination

  • Government-sponsored marriage must be based on secular definitions and must be equal for any consenting adults with legal standing regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation, etc.
  • Religious privilege should not influence who may legally perform marriages or in qualifications to provide any state-required marriage/premarital/divorce counseling
  • Taxpayer-funded state and federal military must serve the beliefs of all service members without privileging one belief over another or discriminating against nontheistic beliefs

Tax Policy

  • Special property tax exemptions for churches should be eliminated, along with other tax privileges not available to secular charities and civic or social organizations
  • Religious organizations should meet the same criteria any secular organization must meet to qualify for tax-exempt status

Women’s Healthcare

  • Religious belief is not a valid rationale for denying insurance coverage, medical care, or accurate medical information
  • Women have a right to autonomy in healthcare decision-making, free from religiously motivated restrictions on choice and safe from manipulation based on theological assumptions about human development or the value of genetic material

Religious Expression

  • Personal religious expression is protected speech under the First Amendment
  • Government-endorsed religious expression (including any state-sponsored "Day of Prayer," oaths of office, pledge of allegiance, prayers to open or adjourn any government meetings, religiously based policy, etc.) is a violation of the constitutionally established wall of protection between church and state