FFRF comments on president’s atheist-baiting

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President Trump openly pandered to evangelicals and atheist-baited at a recent rally in North Carolina.

Trump claimed on Monday, Sept. 9, that the Democrats are not religious and are trying to take away religion

“Whether it has to do with religion, our evangelicals … what we’ve done for them and for religion is so important. The other side, not big believers in religion, I can tell you,” Trump told a rally in Fayetteville, where he was campaigning for the candidate in a special congressional election.

“It should not be acceptable to treat the nonreligious as second-class citizens,” comments Annie Laurie Gaylor, FFRF co-president. Today, a quarter of the U.S. adult population identifies as nonreligious.

It should be noted, as CNN and other news services were quick to point out in contradicting Trump, that according to Pew data, 72 percent of Democrats say religion is “important” or “somewhat important” in their lives, with 76 percent saying they are “absolutely” or “fairly certain” in their belief in God.

Gaylor says the U.S. Constitution, which is entirely secular, guarantees equal protection under the law. Trump is supposed to be the president of all Americans, not just the 80 percent of evangelicals who voted for him, she adds.

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