The mission of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation is to secure humanity's future by ensuring public policy decisions are based on love and reason rather than bias and dogma.


Increase the influence of people who base their decisions on love and reason

  • End false stereotypes by helping people become openly secular
  • End the stigma against nonreligious government officials and candidates
  • Build a reason-based voting bloc actively courted by political candidates
  • Demonstrate how ethics do not require religion or a deity
  • Contrast fundamentalist values with secular values
  • Grow communities for the nonreligious

Promote rational thinking

  • Provide resources for those questioning their beliefs
  • Educate how sacred texts are factually and morally imperfect
  • Bolster teaching comparative religions through the historical-critical method
  • Improve the critical thinking and skepticism skills of the population
  • Counter science-denialism on issues like global warming and evolution
  • Push for evidence-based medicine over “alternative” medicine
  • Engineer memes that can compete with and/or moderate dangerous and false ideologies

Support organizations that work to secularize American public policy

  • Weaken the influence of the American fundamentalist “Religious Right”
  • Raise awareness about laws based primarily on religious grounds, such as “blue laws” and anti-LGBT legislation
  • End legal privileges and government funding for religious groups and schools
  • Ban all tax dollars going to and strip tax exemptions from groups that discriminate in services or employment
  • Educate that the free exercise of religion has no limit except the point when it takes away the rights of others
  • Make sure officials have free exercise when acting as individuals but not when acting on behalf of the government

Encourage foreign policy that helps create a world where reason can thrive

  • Endorse countering dangerous, tribalistic political and religious ideologies, such as hostile nationalism
  • Support ending internet and media censorship around the world
  • Promote economic penalties for foreign governments that deprive their people of civil liberties
  • Work for the end of blasphemy laws
  • Advocate for policies that free women globally from the shackles of misogyny
  • Push for a global alliance against holy war, genocide and terrorism


The values promoted by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation include:


  • Fellowship

  • Friendliness

  • Benevolence

  • Harmony

  • Enthusiasm


  • Inquiry

  • Science

  • Knowledge

  • Education

  • Empiricism


  • Honesty

  • Fairness

  • Morality

  • Responsibility

  • Tolerance


  • Democracy

  • Equality

  • Liberty

  • Capitalism

  • Justice


We envision a peaceful world where science and freedom flourish.