Legislators Say State Department Supporting Atheism Abroad

The funding program violates religious clauses of the Constitution.

A group of 15 legislators is questioning the constitutionality of a State Department program to fund the spread of atheism and humanism internationally. These Congressional members have written President Biden and Secretary of State Blinken about the State Department’s funding program from April 2021 that “would award grants of up to $500,000 to organizations committed to the practice and spread of atheism and humanism, particularly in South/Central America and the Middle East/North Africa.” 

Noting that both atheism and humanism “are official belief systems,” the legislators wrote, “Any such program—for any religiously-identifiable group—in the United States would be unconstitutional.” 

In an interview, Representative Glenn Grothman of Wisconsin said the world looks up to the United States for various reasons, such as its freedoms and material wealth, and wonders what the secret is to America’s success. “And the Biden administration is going to make it clear that they believe one of the reasons for our success is our acceptance of atheism and humanism,” he said. “That’s what they’re going to do. That’s what they’re going to do with your tax dollars, you religious Americans—the Biden administration is going to take your tax dollars and promote atheism and humanism around the world.” 

He urged the “slumbering American clergy” to “wake up” and warn Americans of the administration’s promotion of atheism. 

“This is not religious freedom,” the legislators’ letter states. “Not only does such a priority violate both the Establishment and Free Exercise Clauses, but also the No Religious Test Clause of Article VI of our nation’s constitution.” 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the legislators who are seeking to ensure the administration follows the Constitution.
  • For the president and his Cabinet members to observe and adhere to the laws of this nation.
  • For Secretary of State Blinken to recognize the need to accurately represent the United States and its regulations.

Sources: Just The News, The Federalist


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