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
  • Encourage secular communities to do good deeds demonstrating how ethics do not require religion or a deity
  • Contrast fundamentalist values with secular values
  • Grow communities for the nonreligious

Promote rational thinking

  • Invest in 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
  • Help the population overcome bias and misinformation when acquiring information and forming opinions
  • Oppose illogical excuses to invalidate ideas and silence others, such as ad hominem attacks, claiming hurt feelings or taking offense

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 given to religious groups and individuals that are not given to secular groups and individuals
  • Ban all tax dollars going to and strip tax exemptions from groups that discriminate in services or employment
  • Stop efforts to allow religious free exercise to be used as an excuse to discriminate and violate the rights of others
  • Make sure officials have religious free exercise when acting as individuals but not when acting on behalf of the government
  • Stop the diversion of tax dollars from public schools to religious schools

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

  • Endorse countering militant, tyrannical and tribalistic political ideologies, including autocracy, theocracy and nationalism
  • Support ending censorship of speech, internet and news media around the world
  • Promote economic penalties for foreign governments that deprive their people of civil liberties
  • Work for the end of blasphemy and apostasy laws
  • Advocate for policies that free women globally from the shackles of religious-based misogyny
  • Push for a global alliance against holy war, genocide and terrorism

Reform systemic problems undermining American democracy to ensure freethought is able to flourish at home

  • Educate on the legalized corruption of campaign money buying influence over and access to government officials
  • Endorse countering gerrymandering and other efforts allowing elected officials to select their voters rather than voters selecting them
  • Support curbing foreign influence campaigns such as lobbying, online propaganda and funding of non-profits to spread religious and political ideologies
  • Advocate for limiting autocratic decree by having tighter limits on presidential executive orders
  • Promote changes to primary and presidential nomination systems so they are less biased towards the extremist candidates from political parties


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.