In an interview with atheist philosopher Dan Fincke, Woods says he's running as an atheist in part to push back against those who are claiming Christians should be privileged in America. At the same time, Woods clarifies he believes religion has a place in the public discourse:
I have no problem with people who believe, I have no problem with lawmakers who believe, as long as they write laws in keeping with secular positions, as long as you have a rational position that can be justified through secular beliefs, I have no problem with that. Like, a religious person might say, 'Well, my religion teaches that we should feed and clothe the poor, so we need to have social safety net programs.' Well, I'm all for that, I agree with that. Well, you can also make a rationalist, secular argument. 'Well, helping the poor helps all of us, because… and it's the right thing to do.' I don't see a distinction as to where your ideals come from.There has only been one self-identified representative in the history of the U.S. House so far. Former Rep. Pete Stark, a Democrat from Northern California first elected in 1972, announced he was a non-theist in 2007. After 20 terms in congress, Stark lost his seat in 2012. His loss wasn't related to his atheism, but a change in the California primary system.