Congressman Franks Gets an "F" Grade From Atheist Coalition for Blending Religion, Politics

Representative Trent Franks, Arizona's abortion obsessed Congressman, got a failing grade from an atheist coalition for, basically, draping himself and his political office with a robe of Christianity and proposing legislation based on his religious views.

As one would figure, that wouldn't go over well with the Secular Coalition for America, which serves as the "national lobby for atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other non theistic Americans."

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The Coalition released Voter Guides and Congressional Report Cards, and Franks -- the only Arizona lawmaker on the list so far -- got F's across the board. But its unlikely to affect Franks' political world much, given that this right-winger is firmly entrenched in Arizona's 8th Congressional District.

He running against Stephen Dolgos, an Americans Elect candidate who also ran for Congress in 2012.

The Voter Guides offers examples of why Franks failed, but this single paragraph from his political website would clearly be enough of an explanation:

Trent believes it was our Creator, not the hand of man or government, that gave all mankind the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, and that government has a God-given responsibility to protect these rights for all members of the human family, regardless of their color, creed, religion, or station in life.

The Guide notes candidates were scored on their public answers to questions relating to separation of church and state issues, including what role religion would play in the candidates' decision making and their support for scientifically-based legislation.

Among Franks religious-based actions, he:

Cosponsored a bill recognizing Christianity's importance to western civilization.

Voted to reauthorize a scholarship program in 2011 which took public funds away from public schools and gave them to private schools, 82 percent of which were religiously-affiliated.

Has voted in support of constitutionally banning gay marriage and defining marriage as between one man and one woman. He also voted against prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Repeatedly voted to limit reproductive rights, 12 stem cell research, and cloning research.

Cosponsored the Abstinence Education Reallocation Act, which granted $110 million per year to teach abstinence in public schools.

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