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FFRF Action Fund announces new initiative to endorse school board candidates 

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The FFRF Action Fund is announcing a new initiative to begin endorsing school board candidates who champion secular education and the separation of state and church. This groundbreaking move is aimed at supporting candidates who are not only qualified and uphold secular values but also have a demonstrable path to victory.

The School Board Endorsement questionnaire can be found here. Endorsed candidates will have shown that they are viable contenders who are deeply committed to maintaining a strong secular public education system.

“Our public schools are a battleground in the fight against the constitutional principle of separation between state and church,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF Action Fund president. “We want to ensure that our educational institutions serve all students without religious bias.” 

Candidates who seek the Fund’s endorsement will have the opportunity to connect with and represent a significant and growing demographic — the religiously unaffiliated  population, which now makes up roughly one-third of Americans. Furthermore, FFRF Action Fund has more than 30,000 advocates across the United States, many of whom donate regularly to and get involved with political candidates.

Other helpful endorsement criteria include whether the candidate:

  • Is a freethinker (i.e., not religious: atheist, humanist, agnostic, etc.).
  • Has completed a candidate training program.
  • Is a member of a School Board PAC or slate (the endorsement would go to the specific candidate and not the slate).
  • Has been engaging in the schools and school board.
  • Has been endorsed by local leaders and/or national or local organizations.

The need for endorsing school board candidates has never been more urgent in the face of the rising tide of Christian nationalism, widespread book bans, and anti-LGBTQ policies infiltrating our schools. 

“Voters deserve to know which candidates will stand firm on the separation of state and church, and resist efforts to impose religious ideology in public education,” states FFRF Action Fund Board Member Brandi Alexander. “We hope that by spotlighting candidates who oppose these regressive measures, the FFRF Action Fund can help to empower communities to make informed decisions on which candidates will uphold the rights and dignities of all students.”

FFRF Action Fund is a 501(c)(4) organization that develops and advocates for legislation, regulations and government programs to preserve the constitutional principle of separation between state and church. It also advocates for the rights and views of nonbelievers, endorses candidates for political office, and publicizes the views of elected officials concerning religious liberty issues.