UPDATED 8:29 AM PT – Monday, December 14, 2020
Secular Democrats are urging Joe Biden to fight what they have described as a “national security threat,” “Christian nationalism” and the “Trump administration’s actions to advance religious freedom.”
Last month, the Secular Democrats of America PAC presented Biden with a 28 page agenda of their recommendations, including eliminating the country’s officials motto of “in God we trust.” The group argues the current motto is not “inclusive” of non-religious people or a secular political ideology.
In public addresses, President Trump has claimed he does not serve political organizations, but rather the people and God.
“For the last four years the depraved swamp has tried everything to stop me because they know I don’t answer to them, I answer to you,” he stated. “Together we will defeat the corrupt establishment, we will dethrone the failed political class, and we will drain the Washington swamp and we will save the American Dream.”
Over the next 4 years, we will teach our children to love our Country, honor our history, and always respect our great American Flag—and with God’s help, we will defend the right to life, religious liberty, and the right to KEEP AND BEAR ARMS! https://t.co/gsFSghkmdM
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2020
Further, their agenda criticizes the Trump administration’s depiction of the U.S. as a Christian nation based on faith oriented values, which is an idea that has been central to American identity for generations. Presidents have long included God in his addresses.
The secular Democrats called for the U.S. to be re-branded as a “secularist nation based in revolutionary democratic ideas.” One of the policies recommended is the withholding of federal funds from any faith-based organization that is perceived as discriminatory on the basis of one’s religion and the repeal of non-medical exemptions on religious grounds.
Further, the group recommended Biden discourage politicians from using the words God and country while speaking, but mandate including non-religious advisors attend all faith-based gatherings at the White House.
Throughout his campaign, President Trump has warned traditional values and religious freedom would be under attack if a potential Biden administration ever stepped into the White House. The Biden campaign has not commented on the recommendations.