DemDaily: Religious Freedom on the Ballot

August 16, 2020

Nonreligious Americans are young, diverse and the fastest growing "religious demographic" in the country, and, like so many of our partners in civil rights, one under attack by our current President.

The Trump Administration has enacted a Christian Nationalist agenda that has weaponized religious liberty to justify discrimination and compromised the secular character of our government. The Secular Democrats of America (SDA) are mobilizing the secular vote and working with interfaith partners to fight back, starting at the ballot box.

Join SDA for its inaugural virtual event at the 2020 Democratic Convention. Hear from Members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, state lawmakers, leading scholars and activists who are defending the separation of church and state, mobilizing nonreligious voters, and advocating for religious freedom for people of all faiths and none.

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While recognized at last year's August Democratic National Committee (DNC) meeting as a formal constituency of the party, this "Religiously Unaffiliated Demographic" -- which now accounts for 25% of the overall American population and 35% of those under the age of 30 -- is a critical and underestimated force among US voters.

In 2018, the "largest religious group" within the Democratic Party, made up 17% of the electorate. With targeting, they have the potential to turn out considerably more.

There is much about this election that is historic and secular voters, for the first time, have a seat at the table. To learn more how you can engage this important voting bloc, join the Secular Democrats of America this Tuesday.

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When:  Tuesday, August 18th
Event:  Make American Constitutional Again: 
              Religious Freedom on the Ballot
Time:   1:00pm-3:00pm CT/2:00pm-4:00pm ET
RSVP:    Here!

The Lineup!
Legislating Religious Freedom
Speakers
*  Congressman Jared Huffman (CA), 
   Co-Chair, Congressional Freethought Caucus 
*  Congressman Jamie Raskin (MD)
   Co-Chair, Congressional Freethought Caucus 
*  State Representative Athena Salman (AZ)
*  State Representative
 Carlos Guillermo Smith (FL)

Faith in Humanity: A Conversation with Greg Epstein and Ann Druyan
Speakers
*  Ann Druyan, Writer/producer/director of "Cosmos: Possible Worlds"
*  Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain at MIT and Harvard

Christian Nationalism and White Supremacy
Speakers
*  Dr. Robert Jones, Public Religion Research Institute, author of "White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity" and "The End of White Christian America"
*  Ashton P. Woods, Chair of Black Humanist Alliance, founder of Houston Black Lives Matter
*  Dr. Monica Miller, Associate Professor of Religion and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Lehigh University

Mobilizing the Secular Vote
Speakers

*  Sarah Levin, Secular Democrats of America
*  Ron Millar, Freethought Equality Fund PAC
*  Terry Pettijohn, Secular Democrats of Texas
*  Rachele Walter, Secular Democrats of Nebraska

RSVP to the August 18th Event
Become a Member
Join or start a State Secular Caucus
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