Since 2007, Rep. Doug Lamborn has represented Colorado’s 5th District in Congress. This is a guy who has argued Humanist chaplains should not be allowed in the military because the “chaplain corps is historically a religious institution.” His protests led to the rejection of one well-qualified applicant in 2018.
One reason he’s been able to promote this form of Christian Nationalism is because he represents a fairly red district. In 2018, he won his race with nearly 60% of the votes.
Freeland is a women’s healthcare provider and local leader running in her first major election, but it’s also worth noting that she’s openly Humanist.
Here’s her bio from the Freethought Equality Fund PAC, which endorsed her candidacy:
… With a background as a midwife and the service industry, Freeland is a leader who will work tirelessly for her constituents to make sure they have the support and policies they need to succeed. This includes basic government programs and protections that make healthcare affordable, provides quality public education that is debt-free for families from pre-school to college or trade school, and ensures a minimum wage that actually covers the current cost living. As a “coupon clipping, solar-powered millennial mom of two gorgeous daughters” Freeland is committed to investing in the next generation by addressing climate change with energy independence through renewable resources, implementing universal background checks for all firearm sales and banning equipment like bump stocks and high capacity magazines, and supporting democratic reforms to make voting easier and reduce the influence of large donors and corporations. Freeland is a humanist.
I spoke with Freeland last night and asked her more about that label. She told me she was raised in Iowa as a Lutheran, but the turning point in her own religious history came when her dad and step-mom wouldn’t let her participate in sex education classes at school. She took that as a challenge — “Don’t tell me I can’t know something!” — and headed to the library instead. Not only did that incident push her away from organized religion, it inspired her to go into women’s healthcare as a career. (Talk about her parent’s plan backfiring…)
She also said her mother, an atheist, had a degree in religious studies, so they had many conversations about faith as she grew up.
Freeland told me that while she’s not religious herself, she would fight for everyone’s right to practice their faith because, unlike Lamborn who only seems to care about his conservative Christian constituents, she wants to represent everybody.
“We share a lot of the same values,” she said. That includes the desire to help each other, promote honesty, and improve conditions for everyone.
It’ll be a tough race, but Lamborn hasn’t been good for the district or the country. He definitely hasn’t been helpful to Secular Americans.
You can donate to Freeland’s campaign here.