Secular Coalition for America (Official)

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Secular Coalition for America (Official)

The Secular Coalition for America is an advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States.

Website: http://secular.org
Location: Washington, D.C.
Members: 374
Latest Activity: Mar 4

Secular Coalition for Arizona Kick-Off a Rousing Success

Secular Coalition for America Needs Your Leadership to Build More State Affiliates

“What an amazing night.”

The positive online comments keep pouring in!
The movement for a saner and more secular America is blazing a historic new trail, a trail that will lead to Secular Coalitions in all 50 states and the District of Columbia by the end of the decade. On October 12, we took the first exciting steps on that trail with the establishment of the Secular Coalition for Arizona, the first Secular Coalition for America State Affiliate.

To read more, click here!

Discussion Forum

Nebraska trying to organise despite wide open distances

Started by James Kz. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jan 19, 2013. 1 Reply

There were several people in Lincoln today meeting about trying to organise a state chapter of the SCA in Nebraska.Organising people over in Omaha and Lincoln (the state capital) is not too hard, the…Continue

Prayer god and Veterans Admin

Started by mike h.. Last reply by James Kz Oct 23, 2012. 3 Replies

Here we go, this may spur a conversation...I am a disabled vet and am offended at constantly hearing "No athiests in foxholes" .....  …Continue

The Good News Club or Truth Seekers Club

Started by Jeff Dempsey. Last reply by James M. Martin Jun 27, 2012. 1 Reply

This organization is a very serious threat to a "Secular Nation."  These people are using our tax dollars to go into school buildings after hours and teach this garbage to our children!  I'm sure…Continue

Tags: State, &, Church, of, Seperation

Launching A Campaign Against My City To Stop Prayer Before Council Meetings

Started by Jeff Dempsey. Last reply by Jeff Dempsey Jun 17, 2012. 5 Replies

I live in Southern, Ohio and the Bible-Belt runs strong through the hills in our community.  I frequent many city council meetings because of the corruption that has been within our tiny city for…Continue

Tags: State, and, Church, of, Seperation

Secular Coalition Latest News

Oregon Governor Signs Bill Giving Equal Rights to Secular Celebrants

Salem, Oregon-- The Secular Coalition for Oregon applauded Governor Kate Brown today for signing HB 2113 into law, which allows for secular celebrants to legally solemnize marriages. The bill was introduced in response to lobbying efforts by the Secular Coalition for Oregon.

Statement by Brian Harvey, Chair of the Secular Coalition for Oregon

"Today marks a victory for equality and for the more than one-in-three Oregonians who have no religion. By signing HB 2113 into law, Governor Brown has given nonreligious couples the right to celebrate a wedding which respects and reflects their secular values. People of all faiths and none should have a right to commemorate this occasion in a manner consistent with their beliefs. By empowering secular celebrants to solemnize marriages, lawmakers have sent a powerful message that Oregon is a state which values inclusion and celebrates religious diversity. Thank you to Governor Brown, Sen. Elizabeth Steiner Hayward, Representative Mitch Greenlick, and all the members of the legislature who supported the passage of this bill."

Contact: Brian Harvey, Oregon@secular.org, (503)-830-6193


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The Secular Coalition for Oregon advocates on behalf of nontheistic citizens in our state's capitol and at the local level. We work to increase visbility and respect for atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other secular Oregonians through community organizing and the influencing of government officials, legislation and regulations. The Coalition is currently comprised of 16 member organizations from across Oregon. The Secular Coalition for Oregon is a state chapter affiliate of the Secular Coalition for America.

 

Secular Coalition Responds to Trump's Remarks At Liberty University

Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America released the following statement in response to a remark made by President Trump during his speech at Liberty University. In his speech, President Trump stated: "In America, we don't worship government. We worship God."

Statement by Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America

"Yet again we must remind Donald Trump that being President of the United States includes serving the nearly 80 million Americans with no religion. The president's remarks imply a connection between faith and patriotism that betrays the secular character of our government. The claim that worshipping God is a centerpiece of what it means to be American is a pretext for theocracy. President Trump's speech contained a clear message that only his evangelical base is fit to steward American democracy. This divisive rhetoric imposes a religious test on loyalty to one's country and serves as a justification for a political agenda that tramples on the civil rights of LGBT Americans, women, minority faiths, and the nonreligious.

Additionally, the President remarked to the graduating class that the way he is treated in Washington, D.C. is akin to how Christians are persecuted around the world. Religious persecution is no laughing matter, nor should it ever be taken lightly. This comment was made while the White House is defending an executive order that prejudicially targets Muslims and maintaining a deafening silence on the persecution of atheists abroad.   

This rallying cry to the religious right comes only one week after the president signed an executive order granting churches a tax-free pass to engage in partisan politics and giving religiously affiliated businesses permission to deny their female employees access to affordable health care. All of this is part of a broader political strategy; evangelical votes were essential for winning Trump the presidency and in exchange for their continued support, President Trump has signaled that he will elevate their religious beliefs above the law.

If President Trump wants to make good on his first campaign promise to "make America great again," he can start by abandoning the religious right's assault on the First Amendment. America is great when it is inclusive. Americans of all faiths and none must come together around the shared values enshrined in our Constitution, including the separation of church and state that protects religious freedom for all."

CONTACT: Casey Brescia, Communications Associate, Casey@secular.org, (845)-380-6201

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The Secular Coalition for America is the nation's premier advocacy organization representing atheists, humanists, agnostics, and other nontheists. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. The Secular Coalition represents 18 voting member organizations.


 

Secular Coalition for Oregon Celebrates Milestone Victory For Nonreligious Couples

Salem, Oregon-- The Secular Coalition for Oregon won a major legislative victory today following the Senate's passage of HB 2113, which allows for secular celebrants to legally solemnize marriages. This marks the first time a bill of this kind has been passed by a state legislature. Oregon Governor Kate Brown is expected to sign the bill into law.

"The passage of this bill is a victory for nonreligious couples in Oregon who can now have their marriages officiated in a way that recognizes and celebrates who they are," said Brian Harvey, Chair of the Secular Coalition for Oregon. "A wedding is among the most deeply meaningful and uniquely personal occasions that we come together to celebrate. The nearly one-third of Oregonians who are nonreligious must no longer worry about compromising their beliefs when commemorating their special day."

Under current Oregon law, only religious officials or select government employees can solemnize marriages, leaving no recourse for nonreligious couples who want an officiant that shares their secular values. In 2015, in response to lobbying efforts by the Secular Coalition for Oregon and Center for Inquiry-Portland, Representative Mitch Greenlick introduced HB 2213. The legislation was stalled in 2015-2016 due to debate about the definition of a "secular organization." The final legislation defines a secular organization as, "an organization that occupies a place in the lives of the organization's members parallel to that filled by a church or particular religious authority."

The Center for Inquiry, a member organization of the Secular Coalition for America, has brought two successful legal challenges which have established the right for secular celebrants to solemnize marriages in Indiana (2014) and Illinois (2017).

"By empowering secular celebrants to solemnize marriages, lawmakers have sent a powerful message that Oregon is a state which values inclusion and celebrates religious diversity," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "The nonreligious are now the largest and fastest growing religious demographic in the country. All states should follow Oregon's lead and ensure their nonreligious residents have an equal opportunity to celebrate weddings which reflect their secular values. We are incredibly proud of the work our Oregon chapter did to fight for this legislation and help ensure its passage."

Contact: Brian Harvey, Oregon@secular.org, (503)-830-6193

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The Secular Coalition for Oregon advocates on behalf of nontheistic citizens in our state's capitol and at the local level. We work to increase visbility and respect for atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other secular Oregonians through community organizing and the influencing of government officials, legislation and regulations. The Coalition is currently comprised of 16 member organizations from across Oregon. The Secular Coalition for Oregon is a state chapter affiliate of the Secular Coalition for America.

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Comment by James M. Martin on March 8, 2013 at 7:26pm

I like the idea of an American Secular Party to compete with the two establishment parties that, as predicted by Washington himself, will destroy America.  To me, the instilling of irrational belief in children -- essentially indoctrination into belief at the sake of reason -- is central to the Party plank.  Keeping Jesus out of the schools by disallowance of vouchers to evil Popes and their evangelical ilk stateside, wold be a Top Ten plank positions.  Taking "God" off coins and absent from the Pledge.  Things like that.  I see Judeo-Christian, and mostly Christian dogma guiding far too many institutions and taking us backward into ancient history rather than looking toward the Dawn of World Enlightenment and True Freedom from The Priesthood.

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on March 8, 2013 at 5:54pm

Eghp! all my other wall comments pale in comparison to:
http://www.atheistnexus.org/forum/topics/check-out-u-s-atheist-poli...

Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on July 2, 2012 at 8:25am

big 'like'

Comment by James M. Martin on June 24, 2012 at 2:42pm

Fine sentiments but falling on deaf ears in King's hands.

Comment by William on November 6, 2011 at 7:49pm
For those who haven't interacted with social workers this is kind of a hard problem to describe. Essentially, Social workers have a code of ethics, in this code of ethics, there is a standard of cultural competence. It says: "Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability." I feel the exclusion of Non-religious as a category is getting the way of social workers being culturally competent with secular groups. So I started a petition. http://www.change.org/petitions/nasw-include-non-religious-a-catego...
Comment by sehkmet on July 11, 2011 at 11:54am

Hi All,

I don't know if you've heard about the vote on the "I Voted" stickers handed out on election day.  Some of the stickers have our state motto, "With God all things are possible".  There are more details at Friendly Atheist.  All you have to do to vote is supply an Ohio zip code.  They run from 43001 to 45999.  Voting closes on August 8, 2011.  Please vote Elect Your Sticker.  Multiple voting may require cleaning out cookies and/or rebooting between votes, not sure.

Comment by Richard Haynes on April 17, 2011 at 12:57pm
Just so everyone knows, when a spammer gets past our walls, we ban them as soon as they are reported to us. This is why they don't show up in member searches. We already banned them.

In the future, remember to use the "Report an Issue" link at the bottom of every page. We will act as soon as we are notified.

Thanks.
Comment by George on April 17, 2011 at 10:04am
@Bryon, TFA,
That spam account was deleted sometime yesterday.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 17, 2011 at 9:23am
Yes, I'm getting junk mail and I don't like it!  What's going on here?
Comment by Bryon on April 17, 2011 at 1:33am
is anyone else getting junk mail from Jenifer Hagge via this site?
 

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