There are now more atheist voters in the United States than ever before. Numbering more than 65 million, atheists and the nonreligious make up the largest religious demographics in our nation’s elections. Each year, the number of religiously unaffiliated voters continues to grow, with more than 40% of younger Millennials reporting no religious preference.
The purpose of AtheistVoter is simple: Ensure that elected officials know that atheists, agnostics, and other nonreligious constituents vote–and vote in huge numbers–so they can no longer simply ignore us or take our votes for granted.
The effects of religion in public policy issues can be seen in every level of government: from anti-LGBT discrimination to restricting the healthcare choices of women, from preferential treatment for religious group in the tax code to the excuse of “it’s tradition” for allowing Christian ideology to remain part of everyday government practices.
Policies rooted in religious bigotry and theology attack the fundamental rights of the nonreligious and our fellow citizens. History has shown us the only way to change the political dialogue is to show elected officials the value of our votes.
Every day, we must let our elected officials know that we are active participants in our government and that it is time that they started listening to their non-religious, equality-demanding, AtheistVoter constituents too!