"Elizabeth Warren, Announcement Day" by Elizabeth Warren / CC BY 2.0

Dear Democrats: Four religion requests from non-religious Americans

Dec 16, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

On a recent Monday night in Iowa City, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was asked at a town hall if she had a plan “for protecting the rights of atheists and other non-believers.”

The Democratic presidential candidate who frequently boasts about having “a plan for that” sidestepped the question entirely.

While briefly acknowledging laws protecting freedom of religion, including the right not to worship at all, Warren didn’t explain how her candidacy would protect non-religious Americans. It wasn’t even clear that she knew what our concerns were.

Warren is hardly alone in failing to articulate what her presidency would do specifically for the ever-growing number of non-religious Americans. But considering that roughly a third of Democratic voters are not affiliated with any organized religion, this is a major gap in the platforms of not only Warren but all the major Democratic presidential candidates, even among those who have hired religious outreach directors.

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