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Elizabeth Warren Says She’ll Consider Hiring a “Secular Outreach Director”

Oct 23, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

Sen. Elizabeth Warren said during a town hall meeting in Cedar Falls, Iowa last night that she would think about hiring a staffer whose sole job would be to connect with Americans who aren’t religious.

Among the Democratic presidential candidates who have hired “faith outreach directors” to communicate specifically with religious voters are Pete Buttigieg and Cory Booker. There’s nothing wrong with that, per se. There are a lot of religious voters who connect to candidates predominantly through the lens of faith, and if candidates can capitalize on that, they’d be fools not to hire someone to form that bond. (That’s different from creating policy based on one religion.)

But so far, no candidate has hired a “Secular Outreach Director.” That also seems foolish given that roughly third of Democratic voters are non-religious. You would think more Democrats would be eager to make sure those harder-to-reach secular voters are aware of their evidence-based policies and commitment to science and church/state separation.

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