Freethought Dayton – Position Paper on Politics

Freethought Dayton opposes any attempt to mingle religion and politics. Otherwise, we take no official position regarding political issues.

Our non-religious citizens often are perceived to be politically left-wing. This is a misperception; many of our members are politically conservative.

Whether liberal, moderate or conservative, we share our support for the American tradition of separation of church and state as expressed by the framers of the U.S. Constitution.

We do not object to individuals expressing personal religious viewpoints in private gatherings, or in public places when free expression is appropriate. We object to any government official, employee, or institution sponsoring any religious expression or assembly.

For example, if citizen Barack Obama, citizen John Boehner, or citizen Gary Leitzell chooses to host a prayer breakfast, we have no objection. But if President Barack Obama, Speaker of the House John Boehner, or Gary Leitzell, Mayor of Dayton are going to sponsor a prayer breakfast in their official capacities as elected officials, we believe they have violated the principle of separation of church and state.

We conclude that it is inevitable that religion will corrupt politics, and that politics will profane religion.

Our position papers are meant to express the official opinion of Freethought Dayton for purposes of public relations and education. Individual members may hold different viewpoints.