who and why we are

Association of Secular Elected Officials


Association of Secular Elected Officials

The religiously unaffiliated are the fastest growing demographic in the country and the number of elected officials from this community is also growing. These elected officials do not hold theistic or other supernatural beliefs and seek to govern and advance public policy based on evidence, reason, and compassion. They use many identifiers, including: atheist, humanist, agnostic, skeptic, nonreligious, freethinker, nonbeliever, religiously unaffiliated, and/or spiritual but not religious. We use the word “secular” as shorthand for the wide variety of nonreligious identifiers our members choose.

By openly serving as secular elected officials our members help dispel the prejudice against the nonreligious community, encourage other members of this community to run for office, and make our democracy stronger. The United States’ democratic experiment will be more successful when all Americans participate and are represented in our public institutions. The nonreligious community must be visible and welcomed participants.

The goal of this association is to help elected officials be authentic about their beliefs and ethics, and provide a forum for elected officials to connect with each other for education, support and fellowship.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof