FFRF Action Fund endorses Jason Benell for Des Moines City Council


The FFRF Action Fund is thrilled to announce the endorsement of Jason Benell in his campaign for Des Moines City Council in the upcoming election. We believe that Benell embodies the principles of secularism, freedom of thought and the separation of church and state that are so vital to our democratic values.

As demonstrated in his role as president of the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers, Benell is a freethinker who is committed to upholding the constitutional principle of the separation of state and church. As a veteran, he has shown his commitment to selfless service. And as a volunteer in a number of local organizations, Benell has shown how much his community means to him. 

Benell understands that true freedom means that every individual is free to practice their religion or lack thereof without interference or favoritism from the government. His commitment to inclusivity and respect for diverse belief systems is a testament to his dedication to the principles of the First Amendment.

As the threat to our democracy from Christian nationalism rises, leaders like Benell will prove vital to protect our secular constitution. Benell will undoubtedly work diligently to represent all of his constituents.

“We wholeheartedly encourage the citizens of Des Moines’s Ward 4 to support Jason Benell on Nov. 7,” says FFRF Action Fund President Annie Laurie Gaylor. “Religious dogma has no place in governance, and Benell understands this. He’ll be a great asset as a member of the Des Moines City Council.”

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. FFRF Action Fund serves as the advocacy arm of the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which has more than 40,000 members and works to keep religion out of government and educate the public about nontheism.