International Think-Tank Releases Resource for Secular People and Politicians

Washington, DC—The “Nones”—those who claim no religious affiliation in the polls—are growing strong in number in the United States, forming an ever-more-powerful voting bloc.  Now, these secularists will have a comprehensive manual at their fingertips in support of their views.  This 36-page meta-analysis condenses information from the most significant surveys on atheists, agnostics, humanists, and other advocates of the separation of church and state.

Though the guide appeals to a particular demographic, it is written simply and objectively enough for a wide audience, so that anyone—especially, politicians—might digest its information.  It explains who secular people are, where they tend to live, how their stances on public issues relate to those of more religious people, and of course, how they tend to vote.

The Secular Resource Guide is being released as an open-source document by the Secular Policy Institute (SPI), which serves as a proponent of scientific and rational legislation in the U.S. and around the world.  The think-tank hosts a large team of highly-regarded Fellows, including authors and academics such as Taslima Nasrin, Gregory Benford, Elizabeth Loftus, John McWhorter, and Elliot D. Cohen.

“The recent Pew Study about the changing religious landscape in America really made a splash,” commented Edwina Rogers, SPI CEO and 20-year policy expert.  “We want these and similar facts to be a stronghold for a booming population of secularists, and we also want decision-makers in Washington to be able to see our side in a concrete light.  More and more, we are seeing receptivity from politicians to discussing fair-minded and freethinking reforms.”

As an open-source publication, SPI’s Secular Resource Guide has not been copyrighted; this means that it can be adapted and repurposed at will to suit the needs of any secular or religious group or individual.

“We really want it to help our constituency,” added Rogers, “so it was important to us to share this resource freely, without staking any unnecessary claim to its contents.”

SPI can be found at http://secularpolicyinstitute.net.  On the site are Fellow bios and other secular resources, such as newsletters, as well as funding and volunteer opportunities.  The guide can be found at https://secularpolicyinstitute.net/survey/secular-resource-guide.

CONTACT: Madeline Schussel, SPI Policy Director, at madeline@secularpolicyinstitute.net, or Edwina Rogers at (202) 430-1888.