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.

Strategies:

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

Values

The values promoted by the Stiefel Freethought Foundation include:

Love

  • Fellowship

  • Friendliness

  • Benevolence

  • Harmony

  • Enthusiasm

Reason

  • Inquiry

  • Science

  • Knowledge

  • Education

  • Empiricism

Integrity

  • Honesty

  • Fairness

  • Morality

  • Responsibility

  • Tolerance

Freedom

  • Democracy

  • Equality

  • Liberty

  • Capitalism

  • Justice

Vision

We envision a peaceful world where science and freedom flourish.