For the first time in U.S. history, a caucus has been established of those not affiliated with any religion. This caucus will promote legislation and Congressional practices which reduce the influence of religion.
Religion is present in Washington ad nauseam. We have legislation against gay marriage and abortion plus prayers and speeches with “God bless American and God bless you” in every Presidential speech. There has never been a inside dam holding back religious excesses.
One of the readily apparent currents in Washington is anti science. The caucus hopes to promote objective scientific evidence for decisions instead of religion and political bias. As we speak, the Department of Human Services is cutting back pregnancy prevention programs for teens. It wants an abstinence only program in spite of scientifically collected information that abstinence only does not delay sexual activity or teen pregnancy. At its core is the belief sex out of marriage is a sin.
Everyone who follows national politics knows the coming Supreme Court nomination fight will be about whether the next justice will use the religious definition of when a human being begins or use some definition not dictated by religion. I’m referring, of course, to the religious notion that one fertilized cell is a human being. It is not necessary for members of Congress and the large staff that supports it to spend our money on nonsense. Yet, promoting nonsense is what some members, the current majority, have done.
Here’s hoping for a little progress from the not religious caucus.