The Democratic National Committee has passed a resolution recognizing the "ethical soundness" of nonreligious Americans as a whole, in celebration of the growing number of voters who are religiously unaffiliated.
What are the details?
The declaration passed on Saturday applauds the fact that "religiously unaffiliated Americans overwhelming share the Democratic Party's values," and states that the nonreligious "have often been subjected to unfair bias and exclusion in American society."
The document goes on to say that "those most loudly claiming that morals, values, and patriotism must be defined by their particular religious views have used those religious views, with misplaced claims of 'religious liberty,' to justify public policy that has threated the civil rights and liberties of many Americans."
The party further states that the committee recognizes the "value, ethical soundness, and importance of the religiously unaffiliated demographic, a group of Americans who contribute in innumerable ways to the arts, sciences, medicine, business, law, the military, their communities, the success of the Party and prosperity of the Nation."
Several stats were also peppered through the DNC's resolution, with the party mentioning that nonreligious Americans now represent 25 percent of the U.S. population, that the group is the "largest religious group within the Democratic Party," and that "nonreligious Americans made up 17 percent of the electorate in 2018."
According to Fox News, the measure was championed by the Secular Coalition of America. The group's director of governmental affairs, Sarah Levin, told the outlet, "America was founded as a secular government charged with representing and protecting the freedoms of people of all faiths and none. I am proud to see the Democratic Party take that to heart by bringing secular Americans into the fold."