Center for Inquiry
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, despite our efforts, this language has not been added.
Act now and remind the House that non-religious persons should be included in religious freedom work performed by the U.S. government: