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FFRF Action Fund commends task force to counter Project 2025 and defend democracy

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FFRF Action Fund applauds a new working group to stop Project 2025 that has been recently announced by U.S. Rep. Jared Huffman, the co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

Project 2025 is sometimes termed benignly as a “presidential transition project” but is actually part of a $22 million operation that the ultraconservative Christian nationalist Heritage Foundation has planned as a blueprint if Donald Trump returns to office. Federalist Society founder Leonard Leo has given $21.5 million in “dark money” toward the effort, according to the congressional task force.

Huffman, the only member of Congress who is publicly identified as nonreligious, describes Project 2025 as a “far-right roadmap for Donald Trump to seize ‘supreme’ powers and radically undermine reproductive rights, LGBTQ equality, racial justice, free speech, and other democratic institutions and freedoms.” Huffman explains that Project 2025 is “a dystopian plot to dismantle our democratic institutions, abolish checks and balances, chip away at church-state separation, and impose a far-right agenda that infringes on basic liberties and violates public will.”

FFRF Action Fund President Annie Laurie Gaylor remarks: “We commend Rep. Huffman and the other task force founders for their leadership and for aiming a spotlight on this frightening and undemocratic scheme.” She notes that the Project 2025 handbook is a dense read at almost 1,000 pages and that most Americans don’t seem to be aware of its existence.

FFRF Action Fund agrees with Huffman that the project is “an unprecedented embrace of extremism, fascism and religious nationalism, orchestrated by the radical right and its dark money backers” and that we need “a coordinated strategy to save America and stop this coup before it’s too late.” 

Founding members of Congress joining Huffman on the task force are: Democratic Caucus Vice Chair Ted Lieu, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chair Nanette Barragán, Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus Chair Judy Chu, Equality Caucus and Labor Caucus Chair Mark Pocan, Pro-Choice Caucus Co-Chair Diana DeGette, Ranking Member of Oversight Jamie Raskin and Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal. 

Jayapal, who calls Project 2025 “Trump’s blueprint for destroying our democracy,” and Pocan, who says he looks “forward to working with members of this task force to thwart Project 2025’s extreme vision for this country,” are also members of the Congressional Freethought Caucus.

The task force notes that within the first 180 days of taking office, Project 2025 calls for attacks on reproductive rights, the rule of law, and the expansion of the cruel and inhumane immigration policies. The scheme would touch every department of the federal government and fundamentally reshape the lives of the American people.

Raskin, who is co-chair of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, warns: “This far-right roadmap for a ‘post-constitutional’ America would make January 6th extremism a governing ideology. They plan to centralize all power in the presidency, exercise political control over the Justice Department, implant Christian white nationalism throughout the government, strip tens of thousands of professional government workers of their civil service protections, create an army of political loyalists and sycophants in government, ban abortion nationwide, set up immigrant detention camps, deport millions of people, repeal all climate safety regulations and exact criminal revenge against reporters, judges and Democrats.”

Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts unwittingly reinforced Huffman’s comparison of Project 2025 with a “Blitzkrieg” by commenting: “Project 2025 will not be ‘stopped.’” He added, “We will not give up and we will win.”

Those who respect democracy will not give up either — and the first step involves exposing Project 2025.

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.