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Recently, I was able to talk with Representative Mike Honda of California’s 15th district during a telephone townhall. According to his website, Representative Honda is a part of the “powerful House Appropriations and Budget Committees, Chair Emeritus of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, Co-chair of the Democratic Caucus’ New Media Working Group, House Democratic Senior Whip and the original author of the Equity and Excellence Commission now housed in the US Department of Education.”
Rep. Honda earned “Bachelor’s degrees in Biological Sciences and Spanish as well as a Master’s degree in Education from San José State University” according to his website Teaching as a Science Teacher. Representative Honda’s website underscores his dedication to education due to having trouble while he was in school.
Representative Honda received a the comparably high score of 71% from the Secular Coalition for America’s Congressional Report Card. Along with all other California representatives, he voted to grant government lands to the discriminatory Boy Scouts of America. Unfortunately, Honda was not a part of the 26 congressmen who requested the Boy Scouts end this practice. Honda also voted for RC 601, HR 33 which would have amended the Securities Act of 1933 to allow certain church plans to be exempt from registration and disclosure requirements.
Find out how you can be a part of our “What will you do for atheist voters?” campaign by asking your State Chapter Leadership for more information! See the video below to watch & listen to the townhall between Representative Honda and me.
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Congressman Honda also responded to the e-mail campaign of the National Atheist Party:
Thursday, March 29, 2012 6:26 PM
Congressman Michael Honda – 15th District of California
Dear Mr. Boyle :
Thank you for taking the time to express your support for atheism . I appreciate hearing your concerns, and welcome the opportunity to respond to your comments.
As you may know, one of the founding principles of the United States is freedom of religion and freedom from the imposition of religion by the state. I respect the individual and varied religious beliefs of my constituents and the rich, diverse religious history of the United States. Our nation’s founders knew that the best way to protect religious freedom was to keep the government separate from religion. When they wrote the first amendment, these founders made sure the Constitution would guarantee the separation of church and state.
I’ve fought to ensure that this fundamental right to separation of church and state is upheld and that legislation is drafted in a way that represents our country’s pluralism . For this reason, I voted against H.Con.Res.13 , introduced by Congressman Randy Forbes to reaffirm “In God We Trust” as the official motto of the United States . My position on this important right was also demonstrated by legislation I introduced in November 2010, recognizing the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha . I am also a proud member of the Congressional International Religious Freedom Caucus , and of the Tom Latos Human Rights Commision, both of which work actively to shed light on domestic and international religious freedom issues .
The issue of religious liberty is deeply important to so many Americans, including those who are not religiously observant. As Congress debates legislation that impacts religious liberty, I will be sure to keep your comments and our nation’s Constitution in mind.
Once again, thank you for taking the time to contact me about this important issue. Your comments help me to better represent the people of our Congressional District.
Michael M. Honda
Member of Congress
National Atheist Party