FFRF Action Fund proudly endorses Reps. Huffman, Raskin and Pocan 

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The FFRF Action Fund is delighted to endorse U.S. Reps. Jared Huffman, Jamie Raskin and Mark Pocan for reelection. 

All three members of Congress have continually shown their commitment to their constituents, regardless of religion or nonreligion, to democracy and to the crucial separation between state and church. Huffman and Raskin are co-founders and co-chairs of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, which works to promote secular government and public policies based on reason and science, and Pocan is active in the caucus. Each has been a stellar ally to the Freedom From Religion Foundation, which created FFRF Action Fund as its legislative (c)(4) arm. 

Jared Huffman, running for his seventh term, has represented California’s 2nd District since 2012, spanning from the Golden Gate Bridge to the Oregon border. Huffman has shown staunch commitment to keeping religion out of the government and promoting critical secular values during his years in office. 

Huffman is the only open nonbeliever in Congress, describing himself as a humanist. He received FFRF’s Emperor Has No Clothes Award, reserved for public figures who make known their dissent from religion, at FFRF’s 2018 conference in San Francisco. Opening FFRF’s 2022 annual convention with a welcoming video, Huffman said, “I feel like I have sort of become the surrogate representative for countless folks across the United States that identify as nonreligious. As many of you know, I am the token humanist in Congress.”

He founded the Congressional Freethought Caucus with Reps. Raskin and Jerry McNerney in 2018, which works to “protect the secular character of our government by adhering to the strict constitutional principle of separation of church and state.” He has overseen the activism of the Freethought Caucus, such as its recent memo warning about House Speaker Mike Johnson’s Christian nationalism and objecting to Johnson’s invitation to hate preacher Jack Hibbs to open the House with a prayer. Huffman has been interviewed several times on Freethought Radio and FFRF’s TV show, “Freethought Matters,” most recently to offer his analysis of Speaker Johnson’s Christian nationalist pronouncements last month. He has specifically championed the Health Share Transparency Act, which is one of FFRF Action Fund’s signature bills, to rein in religious health insurance entities. Huffman’s career gives us an ideal image of how a secular political leader governs.

Numerous other organizations have endorsed Huffman, such as California Environmental Voters, California Labor Federation, Equality California, League of Conservation Voters, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Progressive Action PAC.

Jamie Raskin represents Maryland’s 8th District, encompassing Montgomery County adjacent to Washington, D.C., and is running for a fifth term. A graduate of Harvard Law School and former editor of the Harvard Law Review, he brings his background as professor of constitutional law at American University’s Washington College of Law to his work in Congress. The ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, Raskin has become a national leader in Congress, working as House manager of Donald Trump’s second impeachment and playing a pivotal role on the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack. Raskin is the main author of the annual National Day of Reason resolution, celebrated every May 4, led the resolution condemning blasphemy laws, and sponsored the law (which passed in 2022) to authorize a Thomas Paine memorial on behalf of the Thomas Paine Memorial Association. A Paine aficionado, Raskin now serves as honorary co-chair of the Thomas Paine Memorial Association.

Raskin has appeared on FFRF’s “Freethought Matters” TV show twice, including in 2022, when he spoke about his book, Unthinkable: Trauma, Truth and the Trials of American Democracy, detailing in part his experience during the Jan. 6 insurrection and his work as House impeachment manager. Raskin has partnered with FFRF numerous times and received in 2019 FFRF’s  “Clarence Darrow” Award in 2019, which recognizes deserving supporters of freethought, science or the separation of church and state.

Raskin’s commendable career has significantly aided the preservation of secular values in the U.S. government, and we are thankful to have him on our side while fighting for the future of secular government and freedom of conscience. Raskin is also endorsed by Friends of the Earth Action, Giffords, National Education Association, Planned Parenthood Action Fund and Sierra Club.

Since 2013, Mark Pocan has represented Wisconsin’s 2nd District in Congress, the home base for FFRF and FFRF Action Fund in Madison, Wis. Pocan is now running for his seventh term.

Pocan has worked with FFRF multiple times during his career, the highlight of which has been his nomination of Dan Barker, FFRF’s co-president and a former minister, to deliver a secular invocation in front of the U.S. House as guest chaplain. The denial of his request resulted in FFRF’s court challenge on the restrictive prayers that open each day for the U.S. House of Representatives, and Pocan signed onto an amicus brief along with Huffman and Raskin opposing this censorship. Pocan is again nominating Barker for this role. Pocan’s efforts show his dedication to the rights of freethinkers and the 54 percent of nonreligious residents within Dane County, Pocan’s represented area of Wisconsin. 

Pocan was named a “Champion of the First Amendment” at FFRF’s annual national convention due to his work in the Congressional Freethought Caucus and his support for a secular invocation. He identified himself as one of the growing number Americans who don’t follow a specific religion. He said in his acceptance speech, “I was one of the lonely few members of Congress who swore their oath of office on the Constitution instead of a bible because, after all, wasn’t that the document that mattered the most to my job? I’m proud to be a part of the Freethought Caucus in Congress that works toward the very efforts that you all do to protect the Constitution.” Pocan was interviewed some years ago on “Freethought Matters” about his secular activism.

FFRF Action Fund is joined by Common Defense, Communications Workers of America, Equality PAC, Everytown for Gun Safety, MoveON.org Political Action and NARAL Pro-Choice America in endorsing Pocan. Pocan is a shining example of what freethinking representation looks like in Congress. 

“All freethinkers and secular advocates should truly be thankful to have three such pioneering representatives in Congress,” says Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF Action Fund president. “FFRF Action Fund proudly endorses Reps. Jared Huffman, Jamie Raskin and Mark Pocan for reelection and thanks them for their major contributions. Their congressional work has and will continue to benefit California, Maryland, Wisconsin and the rest of the nation.”

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.