House GOP members are demanding answers about Joe Biden’s 2021 initiative to boost atheism overseas
In April 2021, Biden’s Administration launched a grant program titled “DRL FY20 IRF Promoting and Defending Religious Freedom Inclusive of Atheist, Humanist, Non-Practicing and Non-Affiliated Individuals” and it’s precisely as it sounds.
The grants are meant to encourage “dissent from religious belief” in the “context of intersectional identities,” and they are directed towards South Central Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East where they are in direct contrast to the cultural hegemony of Abrahamic faiths.
Catching wind of this, House Republican Study Committee chairman Representative Jim Banks (IN) issued a scathing letter of challenge to Biden and to Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
“To be clear, atheism and ‘humanism’ are official belief systems.”
“As an initial matter, therefore, we would like to know what other United States government programs supported with appropriated funds are being used either to encourage, inculcate, or to disparage any official belief system—atheist, humanist, Christian, Muslim, or otherwise,” Banks’s letter reads.
“It is one thing for the department to be tolerant and respectful of a wide range of belief systems, and to encourage governments to respect the religious freedom interests of their citizens. It is quite another for the United States government to work actively to empower atheists, humanists, non-practicing, and non-affiliated in public decision-making. Any such program—for any religiously-identifiable group—in the United States would be unconstitutional.”
“This would be analogous to official State Department promotion of religious freedom ‘particularly for Christians’ in China, with the express goal being to build a corresponding missionary network.”
“Obviously, this goal that would never pass constitutional muster and would be derided by radical Leftist bureaucrats in your agency as completely out-of-bounds.”
“So why is this atheist NOFO not viewed with similar objection,” Banks and signers ask.
“Americans rightly discern this as a part of the broader effort on the part of your administration to promote radical, progressive orthodoxy abroad. Atheism is an integral part of the belief system of Marxism and Communism,” the signers continue.
On top of being unconstitutional, violating the tenets of separation of church and state and of freedom of religion more broadly, the grant policy is highly discriminatory towards religious individuals. It serves only to promote atheism in one of the most religious regions of the world, and it uses tax money to do so. This does not advance the interest of Americans.
The Biden State Department also has programs in place to promote abortion access and the teaching of Critical Race Theory abroad. Their goal has gone beyond destroying America with their toxic ideology and has moved to causing as much global damage as possible.