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: 374
Latest Activity: Jul 11, 2017

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

Nontheists Applaud The Announcement of a Congressional Freethought Caucus

Washington, DC -- Yesterday, during the Secular Coalition for America's third annual awards dinner, Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) announced that he and two other members of Congress have formally established the first-ever Congressional Freethought Caucus. Representative Huffman, who in November of 2017 publicly stated that he is nonreligious, included the announcement during his speech accepting the Secular Coalition for America's 2018 Visibility Award.

"The formation of a Congressional Freethought Caucus is a milestone moment for nonreligious Americans in our continued struggle for inclusion in the political process and recognition as a constituency," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "We are living in a time when one-quarter of Americans identify as nonreligious and yet, despite these demographic changes, our community is still disparaged, stigmatized, and underrepresented in elected offices at every level of government. By proudly and unapologetically identifying as nonreligious, these Members of Congress have struck a powerful blow against the de facto religious test that keeps so many secular Americans from seeking public office. We applaud the founding members of the Freethought Caucus for their courage and look forward to working with them on Capitol Hill."

The Freethought Caucus was organized with assistance from the Center for Freethought Equality, the advocacy arm of the American Humanist Association, an organization which works to increase the number of open humanists and atheists in public office at all levels of government. According to the remarks made by Rep. Huffman during his acceptance speech at the dinner, the mission of the Freethought Caucus is four-fold:

  • First, to promote public policy on the basis of reason, science, and moral values;

  • Second, to protect the secular character of our government by adhering to the strict constitutional principle of the separation of church and state;

  • Third, to oppose discrimination against atheists, agnostics, humanists, seekers, and the nonreligious, and to champion the value of freedom of thought and conscience worldwide; and

  • Fourth, to provide a forum for Members of Congress to discuss their moral frameworks, ethical values, and personal religious journeys.

Rep. Huffman went on to say that he has, "quite a few colleagues who support these principles and want to actively meet and collaborate toward these ends."

"We commend Representative Huffman for having the bravery, integrity, and conviction to be open and honest about his lack of religious belief," said Decker. "While so many people today remain private about their nonbelief because of the stigma, Representative Huffman defied this prejudice and, in doing so, stood up for all secular Americans."

"The American Humanist Association and the Center for Freethought Equality were honored to be participants in the organizational meetings held to create and define the objectives for this caucus," said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, a member organization of the Secular Coalition for America. "The very existence of this Congressional caucus for freethinkers and humanists is a marker of how far the movement for secular and nontheist equality has come. This significant step is also a new beginning for our country as both religious and non-religious leaders work to better the nation."

Casey Brescia
Senior Communications Associate and Spokesman



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 19 voting member organizations.

Secular Americans Name New Hampshire Legislation The “Worst State Bill” in the Country

Washington, D.C.-- Today the Secular Coalition for America and American Atheists announced that a New Hampshire bill, HB 1787, has won the title of "Worst State Bill in America." The legislation would allow health care workers and institutions to refuse to provide necessary medical care to patients if doing so conflicts with the provider's religious beliefs. 

The announcement marks the conclusion of the 2018 Bad Bill Madness campaign, organized by the Secular Coalition for America and American Atheists. The educational campaign pit 16 state bills from across the country into a tournament bracket and invited the public to vote on which bill is the worst. After four rounds and nearly 1,000 votes, New Hampshire's HB 1787 was named the "winner."

"No one should have their medical options limited by the religious beliefs of their health care provider," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "This legislation does not protect conscience but instead weaponizes it, turning religious belief into yet another barrier between patients and the medical care they need. If signed into law, HB 1787 would give religiously affiliated hospitals a broad and unchecked license to impose their beliefs onto unsuspecting patients. Under this bill, hospitals and health care workers could refuse to provide treatments without any regard for the urgency of the medical issue or the express wishes of the patient. While there were many truly terrible bills in the 2018 Bad Bill Madness roster, New Hampshire's HB 1787 is a particularly illustrative example of the harm that occurs when lawmakers forget that freedom of religion must include the freedom from religion."

"American Atheists opposes hundreds of bad state bills across the country which would undermine the separation of religion and government or allow for discrimination against atheists and other groups, and due to the opposition of American Atheists and many partner organizations, the vast majority of these bills do not pass," said Alison Gill, Legal & Policy Director for American Atheists. "We submitted testimony opposing New Hampshire HB 1787 because it would allow health care providers and institutions to place their religious beliefs above the health and safety of patients by allowing them to refuse to provide necessary medical care. We were pleased to see that the majority of the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives agreed with us and deemed this bill 'Inexpedient to Legislate.'"

A HealthDay/Harris poll published in January 2018 found that a clear majority of Americans agree health care providers should not be able to refuse to treat a patient based on religious objections to their sexual orientation (69 percent) or to refuse to perform surgical procedures because they have a religious objection to them (59 percent).

Casey Brescia, Secular Coalition for America
Communications Associate and Spokesman

Nick Fish, American Atheists
National Program Director
(908) 276-7300 x8


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 19 voting member organizations.

AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that defends rights of atheists, freethinkers, and other nonbelievers; advocates for the absolute separation of religion and government; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy. American Atheists was founded in 1963 by Madalyn Murray O'Hair.



Secular Coalition Welcomes Foundation Beyond Belief As A Member Organization


Washington, D.C.-- Today, the Secular Coalition for America released a statement announcing that Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) will become its landmark nineteenth voting member organization. Foundation Beyond Belief's mission is to unite the humanist community in volunteer and charitable efforts, and to advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.

"We are thrilled to have Foundation Beyond Belief join us as a member organization," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "Tens of millions of Americans are living without religion and feel moved by their secular values to make a positive impact in the world. We are grateful that Foundation Beyond Belief exists to provide nontheists a means to participate in charitable giving and volunteer opportunities that they can trust to be secular, evidence-based, and impactful. Foundation Beyond Belief serves a crucial role in the growing secular community and we are proud to have them join us as an official member organization."

Established in 2009, Foundation Beyond Belief was founded to provide a community for humanists to give to charities that reflect their values and worldview. To date, Foundation Beyond Belief has given over $2.5 million in grants to secular and impactful beneficiaries working on humanitarian causes around the world.

In addition to promoting charitable giving, Foundation Beyond Belief has also established a growing network of volunteers that provide support to those in need in their local communities. Their Beyond Belief Network has over 125 local groups who together, have committed over 100,000 hours of service to organizations focusing on education, human rights, poverty abatement, and clean water projects around the United States.

Foundation Beyond Belief provides financial support and volunteer hours to communities impacted by natural disasters through their Humanist Disaster Recovery program. Later this month, volunteers will be deployed to Houston to rebuild homes that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

"Foundation Beyond Belief reflects a community of people who believe that human beings are responsible for making this world a better place than we found it, because there is no supernatural force or being out there to provide for us," said Noelle George, Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief. "We are in the midst of a turning point in our nation's history and our actions today will help shape the country we live in tomorrow. Foundation Beyond Belief has never been and will never be an organization content with sitting on the sidelines. Joining the Secular Coalition for America unites our humanitarian actions and their political advocacy in order to build a government that reflects our values, and is as committed to improving the world as we are."


Casey Brescia
Secular Coalition for America, Communications Associate and Spokesman

Noelle George
Foundation Beyond Belief Executive Director
(832) 464-7006


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 19 voting member organizations.

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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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