“It’s time for our US Representatives to listen to the concerns of the nonreligious community, especially now that the Pew Research Center is reporting that nearly a quarter of Americans do not identify as religious,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the Center for Freethought Equality. “This scorecard will hold legislators accountable to all of their constituents and ensure that voters know where they stand on key issues such as church/state separation, LGBTQ rights and reproductive choice.”
Additionally, the Center for Freethought Equality ranked representatives based on their votes on legislation dealing with: exemptions for federal contractors from anti-LGBTQ discrimination policies; vouchers for private, religious schools; exemptions for religious employers who wish to discriminate against employees who use birth control; exemptions for individuals who wish to discriminate against LGBTQ Americans because of their views on marriage equality; and religious hospitals, insurance providers and other healthcare professionals who wish to discriminate against women seeking abortion or contraceptives.
Of all the legislators ranked, Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) and Rep. Mike Honda (CA-17) had the highest scores, demonstrating their commitment to church/state separation and equal rights for all Americans. Rep. Jim Himes (CT-4) also was ranked highly for his support for science, demonstrated by his introduction of the Darwin Day Resolution in Congress.