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Atheists give failing grades to Congress

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A coalition of atheist activist groups on Monday gave Congress an "F" on issues they pushed in 2013.

The coalition rated members of the U.S. Senate on five issues, including support for the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013, and opposition to expansion of the religious exemption in the Employment Discrimination Act, FEMA funding for churches, the Freedom to Pray Act and school board prayer.

The group gave perfect scores to senators Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Al Franken (D-Minn.), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.)

"There were some improvements over our 2011 and 2009 Report Cards, with more U.S. Representatives earning an 'A' grade," the coalition said. "And for the first time, three Republicans Senators scored a 'B.' But overall, we still have a lot of work to do -- 62 percent of representatives and 58 percent of senators scored an 'F.'"

Members of the coalition include American Atheists, the American Ethical Union, American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance of America, Camp Quest, Council for Secular Humanism, HUUmanists, Institute for Humanist Studies, the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, Recovering from Religion, the Secular Student Alliance and the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

"This summer we will be releasing over 500 voter guides," the group said, "one for every U.S. House, U.S. Senate and gubernatorial race."

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