Gifts in the name of vice president help FFRF fight for Constitution
FFRF is delighted to announce that as of March 31, it has received a $100,000-plus boost to its legal fund via donations in Vice President Mike Pence's name.
FFRF began its "Give dollars and cents to counteract Pence" campaign in early November.
"We warmly thank the 1,905 donors to date who have given from $1 to $5,000," says FFRF Co-President Annie Laurie Gaylor.
FFRF's campaign urges: "Send a message to Mike Pence and his boss: The only wall we need is between church and state. Your gift to FFRF's legal fund in Mike Pence's name will be subversive (and deductible for income tax purposes). We'll use your kind donation to fight the imposition of religion by our government under the guise of 'religious liberty.' We'll put your donation to work to shore up the fence Pence needs to honor: the wall of separation between state and church."
Pence has been sent a letter totaling the donations to date and a list of the names of those donors who indicated permission to name them.
Pence, considered to be making many of the nominations and announcements propitiating the Religious Right, famously declared, "I'm a Christian, a conservative and a Republican, in that order."
As a member of Congress, the evangelical Christian co-sponsored "personhood" legislation calling for constitutional rights from the moment of fertilization. Pence was an early leader in efforts to defund Planned Parenthood. When he became Indiana governor, he created a huge backlash by signing a bill to allow religion-based discrimination against LGBTQ and was forced to moderate the law. Under his reign, Indiana became one of the most restrictive states toward abortion in the country.
FFRF thanks those who have already contributed toward this campaign, which will continue as long as the threat by the current administration continues in Washington, D.C.