The United States was founded on five freedoms: freedom of religion, of assembly, of press, of petition, and of speech. Our government is explicitly prohibited from suppressing the right to practice religion, or coercing the American people into practicing a particular religion.
Then why is Biden's State Department using our tax dollars to promote atheism in Latin America and the Middle East?
Unfortunately, this isn’t a new problem. For the last few years, the House Foreign Affairs Committee has been pushing the State Department for answers on why and how it is planning to offer $500,000 in grant funding for “Promoting and Defending Religious Freedom Inclusive of Atheist, Humanist, Non-Practicing and Non-Affiliated Individuals.” Finally, just a few weeks ago, State replied: they “do not provide funds… to promote or advance specific religious ideologies or beliefs.” But this directly contradicts the grant program’s proposal that seeks to increase the “availability of mechanisms for members of minorities and marginalized groups – particularly atheists and nonbelievers.”
We’re not going to let it end here. The State Department needs to answer basic questions about this grant and how it can possibly justify it as a good use of taxpayer dollars. The Constitution guarantees the freedom of religion, and our money should not be used to impose atheism on people living overseas.
You can read the letter here: