Secular Coalition for America (Official)


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.

Location: Washington, D.C.
Members: 376
Latest Activity: Sep 26

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

Judicial Update for October 7, 2015

Presented this week by the American Humanist Association.

SCOTUS begins 2015 October Term denying certiorari in two cases of interest

Monday, October 5, marked the beginning of the October 2015 United States Supreme Court Term. Among hundreds of cases denied for certiorari by the Court, Howard Friedman at Religious Clause blogspot notes two cases of interest to those following church-state law:

Phillips v. New York (Docket No. 14-1445): In the case, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals he U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals upheld New York's requirement that, subject to medical and religious exemptions, all children be vaccinated before attending public school. It also upheld, over free exercise objections, New York's regulation allowing officials to temporarily exclude students who are exempted from the vaccination requirement on religious grounds from school during an outbreak of a vaccine‐preventable disease. 

Sac and Fox Nation of Oklahoma v. Thorpe (Docket No. 14-1419): In the case the U.S. 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals held that despite its literal language, Congress did not intend the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act to apply to protect Native American rights in a dispute between the sons of famous Native American Athlete Jim Thorpe and the Pennsylvania town that renamed itself after Thorpe in an agreement with Thorpe's widow (his third wife) to have his remains buried there.  

Religion Clause is a great source for objective coverage of current church-state legal issues. 

Freedom From Religion Foundation settles lawsuit against proselytizing school district

Also on Monday, the Freedom From Religion Foundation announced that it had settled its lawsuit against the Emanuel County, Georgia school system challenging prayer in kindergarten and first grade classrooms. FFRF’s complaint on behalf of a family with two children in the school district alleged that teasing classmates and pressure to pray from teachers led one child to drop out of kindergarten after which teachers allegedly told his older sibling, a first grader,  “to start praying and not to listen to the child’s mother, whom one teacher described as a ‘bad person.’” FFRF says it is dismissing its suit after the county implemented teacher training on the obligation not to promote religious beliefs in the classroom and paid damages to the complaining family. “This is a significant legal victory,” noted FFRF Staff Attorney Sam Grover, who worked on the case. “Educators in Georgia . . . and throughout the country need to know that their duty is to educate students, not fill their heads with religious propaganda.”

Legislative Update for October 5, 2015

A look at the week ahead:

The race to pass a continuing resolution went down to the wire last week, with President Obama signing the bill on Wednesday evening. Despite attempts by Republicans to attach a sidecar bill that aimed to defund Planned Parenthood, the continuing resolution passed on to the president kept spending levels as is.

Budget reconciliation is scheduled to on Friday at 9 am. Included in the House budget bill is a new attempt to defund Planned Parenthood. Before then, the House Judiciary will be holding a hearing on Thursday afternoon regarding the organization. Also on Thursday are the elections to replace John Boehner as Speaker of the House. So far, House Majority Leader, Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Daniel Webster (R-FL) announced they’re running last week, and Rep. Jason Chaffetz announced his intent to run on Sunday.

On the Senate side, a vote on the National Defense Authorization Act which passed the House is expected. Even if the bill passes the Senate, President Obama has indicated he will veto the bill due to its attempts to get around the spending cap implemented by the sequester.

Over at the White House, President Obama is taking meetings. Last week, he called for Congress to pass a long-term budget deal in order to eliminate the sequester caps.

On our radar:

DC Voucher Program: Earlier today, Speaker Boehner introduced the Scholarships for Opportunity and Results Act, which would extend the current DC voucher program. This bill is scheduled for a markup on Wednesday afternoon in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Secular Coalition opposes this bill, as it directs public money to private religious schools. We will be attending and possibly livetweeting the markup, so stay tuned for more information.

Comments on Faith-Based Reform Regulations: The Secular Coalition signed onto a series of comments submitted by the Coalition Against Religious Discrimination regarding the Faith-Based offices in 9 agencies. The comments focused on ensuring the protection of beneficiaries receiving government services from religious organizations. We’ll keep you updated as the process continues.

In case you missed it:

Thank you to everyone who sent an action alert to their representative on International Blasphemy Rights Day! Over 800 emails were sent, calling on their legislators to co-sponsor H.Res. 290, which calls for the repeal of blasphemy laws around the world.


State of the States: October 2

State of the States

State of the States Your weekly digest on the secular movement in the states.

State Campaigns

The Secular Coalition’s state chapters continue to implement the Put Kids First campaign and are currently working to partner with parents, the medical establishment, and faith communities to build strong state coalitions to advocate for the repeal of nonmedical vaccine exemptions. If your group is located in a campaign state and you’d like to invite your local chapter leader to speak, email your inquiry to

State Legislative Update

Secular Coalition for California (SCCA)

California Events and Updates

The anti-vaccine movement in California failed to garner enough signatures to get a referendum to overturn SB 277, a bill SCCA helped get passed this summer to repeal California's nonmedical vaccine exemptions.

SCCA is sponsoring the third annual Secular Advocacy Day on Monday, October 12 as part of Sacramento Freethought Day. Chapter leader Tom Manger is a featured speaker and will discuss the current state of California’s lobbying efforts, bills, and other political issues. Regiser to lobby here. This event is free, however donations are encouraged.

California Legislation

Thanks to the help of SCCA’s Action Alerts, the California legislature approved the End of Life Options Act. It is now up to Governor Jerry Brown to sign the bill. If you are a secular constituent in California, please take action by calling Governor Brown’s office (916-445-2841)  and urging him to sign the bill.

The End of Life Options Act would give mentally competent, terminally ill people with less than six months to live the option to request a prescription from their doctor to hasten their death when they choose to. Anyone facing the immense pain and suffering of a terminal illness should have the option to end their life on their own terms, according to what's right for them and their families.

The Reproductive FACT Act is also on Governor Brown’s desk. This bill would make sure that unclicensed, so-called Crisis Pregnancy Centers disclose to women that they are not licensed medical providers. Rather than helping women, Crisis Pregnancy Centers (CPCs), supported by religious and anti-abortion groups, are notorious for providing false information to women considering an abortion to dissuade them from doing so. Tell Governor Brown to sign this bill into law by taking action here.

Follow SCCA on Twitter and Facebook. For volunteer and leadership opportunities, email

Secular Coalition for Illinois (SCIL)

The Final Action Deadline for the House has been extended yet again. Assembly members now have until October 31 to vote on Senate Bill 1564. Take action now! This bill would amend the Health Care Rights Consciousness Act to protect patients from being denied the care they need due to a provider’s religious beliefs. This is a critical step toward protecting Illinois citizens from religious discrimination and would make sure patients get the care they need, free of religious judgements on the part of others. If you are an Illinois constituent, please contact your House representative and urge them to pass this bill.

Follow SCIL on Twitter and Facebook. For volunteer and leadership opportunities, email

Secular Coalition for Michigan (SCMI)

The Secular Coalition for Michigan is closely monitoring legislation that would give the Boy Scout additional tax benefits. The bills, HB 4647 and HB 4648, were reported favorably out of the Committee on Tax Policy last week and scheduled for a second reading. In June, Chair of SCMI Marc Shaberman provided testimony in opposition to these bills, informing legislators that Boy Scout continues to discriminate against non-theistic boys by denying them admission. Organizations that discriminate should not receive taxpayer funding from the state.

Follow SCMI on Twitter and Facebook. For volunteer and leadership opportunities, email

Secular Coalition for Ohio (SCOH)

The Secular Coalition for Ohio continues to monitor HB 286, an unnecessary piece of legislation that reiterates that clergy cannot be forced to perform a wedding ceremony that conflicts with their religious beliefs. Clergy, unlike government clerks who issue wedding licenses, are already protected by law from performing ceremonies that conflict with their faith.

This bill, which was referred to the Committee on Community and Family Advancement on September 16, is likely a response to the recent Supreme Court decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which overturned all state bans on same-sex marriage including Ohio’s. Rather than wasting time on unnecessary legislation with divisive language, the Ohio legislature should focus on serving all Ohio citizens.

Follow SCOH on Twitter and Facebook. For volunteer and leadership opportunities, email


On the Calendar

October 1 - Beginning of LGBT History Month

October 2-4 - Carolinas Secular Conference, where our founding president, Herb Silverman, will be tabling and speaking on Sunday morning (Charlotte, NC)

October 2-4 - WASHCon, where our own Austin Cooper will be tabling and speaking on Friday evening (Lynchburg, VA)


Upcoming State Calls

Secular Coalition for DC: Monday, October 5 (8:00 pm ET)

Secular Coalition for Missouri: Wednesday, October 7 (8:00 pm ET/7:00 pm CDT)

Secular Coalition for Connecticut: Tuesday, October 6 (5:30 pm ET)

Secular Coalition for Virginia: Friday, October 9 (10:30 am ET)


Comment Wall


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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:

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.
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.

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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