URGENT: Tell Your U.S. Representative to Speak Up for Persecuted Nonbelievers

The House is scheduled to vote this afternoon on a bill to create a special envoy within the State Department to promote the religious freedom of minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, including countries such as Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. 

The Center for Inquiry's Office of Public Policy lobbied sponsors of this bill for at least one of two changes: 

  • Additional language to specify that the term "religious minorities" includes non-religious persons (atheists, agnostics, humanists, skeptics).
  • Additional language alongside the several instances of persecution against other religious minorities (Christians, Muslims, Jews, Bahais) detailing cases of persecution against non-religious persons.

Yet this language has not been added.

International law makes clear that the rights to freedom of religion, belief, and expression include the right to disbelieve in religions, and to criticize their claims. Unfortunately, around the world innocent people are socially or legally punished  jailed, fined, forced to seek asylum  simply for changing, leaving, or examining religions.

We urge you to remind the House that non-religious persons should be included in religious freedom work performed by the U.S. government.  

Please call or write your representative on Capitol Hill now!

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Speak Up for Persecuted Nonbelievers!

Dear [Decision Maker],

I am writing to you regarding H.R. 301, a bill to create a special envoy within the State Department to promote the religious freedom of minorities in the Near East and South Central Asia, including countries such as Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan.



As an elected official tasked with defending the constitutional principles of freedom of religion and equal treatment before the law, I urge you to make sure that non-religious persons are included in religious freedom work performed by the U.S. government.

I look forward to hearing from you about this matter.

Sincerely,
[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State ZIP]

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