Although I’m an atheist, I almost always vote for a Christian, not because I’m impressed by their declared God beliefs, but because I usually have no other choice – unless I vote for a third party or write-in candidate who has no chance of winning, and even they are probably religious believers. Nonetheless, in reality, closeted atheists have received hundreds of thousands of votes from constituents who probably didn’t know they were voting for an atheist.

The good news for atheists, agnostics, and humanists is the creation of theFreethought Equality Fund, a new Political Action Committee (PAC) dedicated to expanding voters’ choices by backing the candidacy of open nontheists to public office. It is the first such PAC with a paid staff. (Full Disclosure:  I’m an unpaid advisory board member of the Freethought Equality Fund.)

Launched by the American Humanist Association’s Center for Humanist Activism, the Freethought Equality Fund will support candidates who share our goals of protecting the separation of church and state and defending the civil liberties of secular Americans. And it will probably also support some theists and “closeted” atheists who advocate for our causes.