The Democratic National Committee (DNC) has passed a resolution acknowledging and embracing the “religiously unaffiliated” of society, noting that they have “the potential to deliver millions more votes for Democrats in 2020.” Without specifically mentioning Christians but seemingly alluding to them, the resolution also criticizes those who use religious liberty to “threaten the civil rights” of homosexuals, religious minorities and unbelievers.
“[T]he Democratic Party is an inclusive organization that recognizes that morals, values, and patriotism are not unique to any particular religion, and are not necessarily reliant on having a religious worldview at all,” the resolution, which was unanimously passed on Aug. 24 in San Francisco, reads.
It notes that “religiously unaffiliated Americans overwhelmingly share the Democratic Party’s values, with 70% voting for Democrats in 2018, 80% supporting same-sex marriage, and 61% saying immigrants make American society stronger.”
However, the resolution asserts that atheists and agnostics, also known as nones, have been “subjected to unfair bias and exclusion in American society, particularly in the areas of politics and policymaking where assumptions of religiosity have long predominated.”
In particular, the DNC writes that “those most loudly claiming that morals, values, and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views, with misplaced claims of ‘religious liberty,’ to justify public policy that has threatened the civil rights and liberties of many Americans, including but not limited to the LGBT community, women, and ethnic and religious/nonreligious minorities.”
The party concludes that since the non-religious “have the potential to deliver millions more votes for Democrats in 2020,” and as “a record number” of religiously unaffiliated persons are running for public office, the DNC ought to hear and include them, recognizing the “value, ethical soundness, and importance of the religiously unaffiliated demographic.”