Today at the United Nations Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom event—which I attended at the invitation of the Department of State to represent the interests of humanists and other nontheists—President Donald Trump announced the formation of a coalition of U.S. business leaders meant to “encourage the private sector to protect people of all faiths in the workplace.”
Unfortunately, humanists and atheists were noticeably left out of Trump’s call for freedoms for the faithful.
Given this administration’s relentless attempts to permit religious bigotry and discrimination under the guise of religious freedom, this troubling language is likely nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt to privilege Christianity at the expense of true religious freedom for all.
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The administration also announced efforts to encourage other governments to allow people to “follow their conscience, live by their faith, and give glory to God.” But the number of countries in which nontheists experience harassment is growing rapidly. Twenty-two countries have criminalized apostasy, or renunciation of religious faith, and in 12 countries, the crime is punishable by death.
You and I understand that religious freedom is not, nor should ever be, a license to discriminate. And nontheists should never be treated as criminals. We need your help now to fight back!
Your donation to the American Humanist Association today will safeguard the freedom of and from religion for all – and help us respond to the attempts by Trump and his cronies to destroy the First Amendment.
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P.S - Since his election, Trump has continually attempted to create and enforce special protections for the religious right. Despite claims to stand by all who seek religious freedom, it’s obvious the president does not extend that protection to all. Your support is crucial to help us protect the rights of humanists and nontheists in the face of the administration’s attacks.