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: 378
Latest Activity: Dec 13, 2015

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

Students Have a Right to Know Which Schools Discriminate

Washington, D.C.-- (3/16/2016) -- The Secular Coalition for America released the following statement expressing support of the Transparency in Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination Act (HR 5265), which would require the Department of Education to publish a list of schools that have sought and/or received an exemption from Title IX civil rights protections.

Statement from Diana Castillo, Legislative Manager for the Secular Coalition for America

"Although it shouldn't be the case, religion is often used as an excuse to deny others their civil rights. This week in history, 33 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled that Bob Jones University could not maintain its nonprofit status while discriminating against students based on the color of their skin. Today many of these same religious colleges are seeking exemptions from civil rights laws that would protect LGBT students, all while maintaining their nonprofit status."

"The Transparency in Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination Act is an important step in naming and shaming colleges and universities that hide behind religion as an excuse. By publicizing not only the names of institutions that receive these religious exemptions, but also those that request them, this bill provides permanent transparency that would empower students and their families to make informed decisions about which colleges are worth considering."

Contact: Casey Brescia, 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.

MEDIA ALERT: Nonreligious Americans March to Capitol Hill Ahead of Historic Rally

Washington, DC - On June 2-3, more than three hundred nonreligious Americans will march to Capitol Hill. Hosted by the Secular Coalition for America, nontheist Americans from across the country will meet with members of Congress as part of the Reason Rally Advocacy Days.

Participants will lobby their representatives in support of the Real Education for Healthy Youth Act (REHYA), which would eliminate all federal funding for abstinence only education and reallocate the money to support evidence-based sex education. The Advocacy Days precede the Reason Rally on June 4th, when tens of thousands of nontheists will assemble on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to voice their support for science-based public policy and the separation of church and state.

Attendees will meet at the Washington Court Hotel for speeches and lobby training from 9am-12pm on Thursday and Friday before heading to Capitol Hill. Members of the press interested in covering the event can request a press pass here: http://bit.ly/1TA58cO

Contact: Casey Brescia, 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.

 

The French Connection

The following is an interview with Thomas Javerliat, who traveled all the way from France to intern with the Secular Coalition for America. (pictured above).

What is the relationship between religion and government in France? Give examples.

France has a very special relationship with religion. Since 1905, while the state guaranteed the free exercise of any religion or none, the government has been secular. But while the government still owns every religious building built before 1905, it forbids functionaries or children in public schools to wear any distinctive religious items. While maintaining a formal relationship with the heads of different religions, the French government is generally expected by the people to maintain an appropriate distance and not express any favoritism toward one religion or another. For example, the Prime Minister Manuel Valls' visit to the Vatican was heavily criticized because some saw it as a rupture of the separation between church and state.

How were you, and how do you think your country, was impacted by the attacks on Charlie Hebdo and later in Paris? Did it in any way impact the relationship between religion and government?

I had a different feeling after both of these attacks. During the Charlie Hebdo shooting I was in my finals period in my university. A former teacher was killed in the shooting and everyone was in shock. The mandatory minute of silence lasted an hour and the dean gave a speech at every class before the next final exam. The demonstrations were huge and we felt united. Charlie Hebdo was everything progressive people in France like: blasphemous, cynical, and humanist.

The Paris terrorist attacks were unfortunately the occasion for some, instead of seeing the socioeconomic problems of the predominately Muslim ghettoized neighborhoods, to attack Islam and to invoke the "Judeo-Christian's roots" of France. The racist and Islamophobic speeches surged and some asked the Muslims to dissociate themselves from ISIS, as if every Muslim was a terrorist.

What aspects of America surprise you, particularly when it comes to religion? Is there anything you've learned so far at the Secular Coalition that has surprised you?

What surprises me is how some groups are using religious freedom as a pretext to literally advocate for a right to discriminate against others based on their religious beliefs. I am also surprised that sometimes even blatant theological propaganda is presented as science in some colleges and public schools. One thing that surprised me on my first day was how much some politicians quote the Bible as if it was the Constitution or the cement of the nation.  

As a French citizen, why is it important to you to defend secularism in America? What brought you to DC to intern with the Secular Coalition?

Contrary to France, the United States has been a secular country since its conception, but the secular constitution has been hijacked by people who want to make it a theocracy. I wanted to intern for the Secular Coalition because I wanted to have a different perspective about the secular fight, a more frank and direct one than exists in France. I think the Secular Coalition for America's work is important because they both remind elected officials and candidates of their oath to uphold the Constitution while advocating on behalf of secular Americans, who are the fastest growing religious demographic in the country.

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Comment by Shannon on April 1, 2011 at 3:18pm
Tim-- you had me worried.
Comment by Aiden on March 27, 2011 at 9:07am
Looks like the vid was removed, EC.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on March 26, 2011 at 4:00pm

Historical secular knowledge:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE8CV3VAekM

Comment by Brian George on March 6, 2011 at 6:32pm

proselytization in the US military

 

I added this as a note to the petition: When I was in basic training we were given the choice of going to church for an hour with the rest of the day off, or working K.P. duty all day. The message was clear and disgusting. I chose to work K.P. duty!

Comment by Catherine Piske on January 29, 2011 at 4:09pm
I was just there last week. Signed .. thanks for bringing this up. :)
Comment by Rayray on November 19, 2010 at 9:35am
Ok, just signed it. Yes, it states it in the letter that it is unconstitutional. I thought so.
Comment by Rayray on November 19, 2010 at 9:32am
Riomarcos, isn't that constitutionally illegal? Something about the state pushing or giving favor toward one religion over another or pushing religion at all?
Comment by Larian LeQuella on November 12, 2010 at 11:34am
Hello all. I am the crazy cat herder up in New Hampshire that is attempting to set up a chapter in our state. I see Matt had a great success with Arizona, so I hope that I can mirror that up here in the Granite State.
Comment by Shawn Anonymous on November 2, 2010 at 7:02pm
Hello Friends,

I've been away from AN for a bit, so its been a while since some of us have talked. I hope all is well. I wanted to tell you all about my new article on the Black Skeptics Blogspot, its called "Humanity's Child". If you get a chance, I hope you'll read it and post a comment on the page. If you like it, or simply find it interesting, I hope you'll forward it to your friends and/or groups across the net. You can find a link to the article below. Thanks in guys!

Best,
Shawn


PS- For those of you who are interested, you can also find my previous article entitled "What If" by searching that title on the Black Skeptics Group at Blogspot or RichardDawkins.net


http://blackskeptics.blogspot.com/2010/11/humanitys-child.html
Comment by Sarah Walton on September 24, 2010 at 6:17pm
Is the Secular Coalition for citizens only, or is participation by permanent residents allowed?
 

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