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

State of the States: February 5


State of the States: January 8
States of the States
 – Your weekly digest on the secular movement in the states. 

State Campaigns

Iowa Caucuses
Thirty-four secular voters submitted planks on behalf of the Secular Coalition for Iowa in precincts in 21 different counties, meaning that planks were submitted in over 20% of all Iowa counties on caucus night, including in the most populous county of Polk, which includes the cities of Ankeny, Des Moines and Urbandle. See the planks that were submitted here

Put Kids First
Our campaign states are out educating the commmuniy about nonmedical vaccine exemptions. So far, chapter leaders have given 17 preswnt

Please help us spread the word about #PutKidsFirst on Twitter and “Like” the Put Kids First Facebook page here!


State Media Coverage

Once again making headlines, Communications Chair of the Secular Coalition for Iowa, Justin Scott, got his letter to the editor, "Secular Government Nonpartisan Issue," published in the Des Moines Register on the day of Iowa's primary. He was also interviewed by the Washington Post and another article featured him here, both discussing how got presidential candidates on the record about atheist voters and separation of church and state. 

State Legislative Update

Action Alerts 
If you are registered to vote in one of these states, please take action! Not signed up for Action Alerts? Make an impact in your state by signing up today

Georgia
Action Alert! Stop Georgia from legalizing religiously based discrimination

The misnamed “First Amendment Defense Act of Georgia” (SB 284) would legalize discrimination under the guise of religious freedom while denying victims of religiously-based discrimination a legal recourse for justice.

If this bill passes, any individual, corporation, public or private organization of any kind could discriminate against same-sex couples, unmarried mothers, and their children by citing a "sincerely held belief" in the "union one man and one woman or that sexual relations are properly reserved to such marriage." Take action today

Florida
Action Alert! Urge your legislators to oppose religiously-based discrimination 
Action Alert! Fight back attacks on reproductive healthcare
Action Alert! Support the ban of practicing "conversion therapy" on LGBT youth

Florida House Bill 401 would allow any person, hospital, physician, nurse, pharmacist, for-profit company, business, organization, day care center, or privately held adoption agency to refuse to provide products or services based on religious belief, protecting them from legal liability for discriminating. Instead of promoting religious freedom, this bill legalizes religiously based discrimination and denies victims of discrimination a path to justice. Take action.

Reproductive health care is under attack in Florida. Several extreme anti-choice bills have been introduced, including HB 865, the Florida Right to Life Act, which includes references to a "Creator" and language urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. This bill was recently voted favorably out of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and is now being considered by the House Justice Subcommittee. Take action on these extreme bills now

SCFL supports two new bills, including SB 258, which would ban conversion therapy, and HB 4019, which strikes language from Florida's existing laws defining marriage as a union excuslusively between a man and a woman. 

 

New York
Action Alert! Tell the Senate Health Committee to support the New York End of Life Options Act. (Note: only constituents of the committee members will be able to send a message) 

The New York End of Life Options Act (S 3685) would allow terminally ill, mentally-competent adults to choose the time and manner of their own death by requesting life-ending medication from their physician. The fiercest opponent of initiatives to legalize the right to die has been the Catholic Church, which has spent millions to spread misinformation and fear surrounding this issue. The bill is currently sitting in the Senate Health Committee.

 

On the Calendar 

February 10 - Anniversary of Everson v. Board of Education (1947)

February 12 - Darwin Day

February 12 - Sexual and Reproductive Health Awareness Day

 

 

Upcoming State Calls

Secular Coalition for Ohio: Monday, February 8, (5:30 pm EST)

Secular Coalition for Connecticut: Tuesday, February 9, (5 pm EST)

Secular Coalition for Maryland: Wednesday, February 10 (5:30 pm EST)

Secular Coalition for Michigan: Thursday, February 11 (5 pm EST)

Secular Coalition for Texas: Thursday, February 11 (5 pm CST / 6 pm EST)

 

Legislative Update for the Week of February 1, 2016

A look at the week ahead:

After postponing business last week due to the snowstorm that slammed D.C., the House is back in session this week. Tomorrow evening, they are expected to vote on overturning President Obama’s veto on last year’s budget reconciliation bill. This bill would have eliminated portions of the Affordable Care Act, as well as defunding Planned Parenthood. This vote will mark the 8th attempt to defund the organization this Congressional session.

Over in the Senate, debate continues on an energy bill. Budget talks have already begun, and the Senate majority will most likely attempt to use an expedited budget reconciliation process. Unlike other votes in the Senate, a budget reconciliation only requires a simple majority to pass.

At the White House, President Obama will be meeting with Republican leadership this week to discuss the upcoming legislative year, as well as work to find areas of common ground.

On our radar:

Darwin Day Resolution: Not only did we get Darwin Day (S. Res. 337) reintroduced for 2016, but we also secured our first co-sponsor! Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined his colleagues from Connecticut in commemorating the birthday of Charles Darwin and celebrating his contributions to science. This resolution also stresses the importance of science education, something increasingly coming under attack. With less than two weeks until Darwin Day, there is still time to ask both your Representative and your Senators to sign-on to their respective resolutions and state their support for science.

School Choice Week: Thank you to our advocates who sent emails to their legislators urging them to take a stand against private school vouchers that funnel public money to religious schools. Over 3000 emails were sent to the Hill last week, making your voices heard to your elected officials. Religious schools aren’t held to the same civil rights standards as public schools, denying children access to equal educational opportunities. We will remain vigilant for any federal efforts to extend or implement voucher programs that subsidize these schools.

2016 Elections

With the campaign season in full swing, the Secular Coalition is staying on top of what the candidates are saying about our issues. Keep your eyes peeled on our website and social media for a special announcement regarding our 2016 plans coming soon!

 

State of the States: January 29


State of the States: January 8
States of the States
 – Your weekly digest on the secular movement in the states. 

State Campaigns

Put Kids First
Our campaign states are out educating the commmuniy about nonmedical vaccine exemptions. So far, chapter leaders have given 17 preswnt

Please help us spread the word about #PutKidsFirst on Twitter and “Like” the Put Kids First Facebook page here!

 

State Media Coverage

Secular Coalition for Iowa
Communications Chair, Justin Scott, had an op-ed published discussing the importance of submitting "Secular Resolutions at Caucus."  Secular Coalition for Iowa has ready-made planks for secular Iowa constituents to submit at the caucuses. If you are an Iowa constituent who would like to get involved, please send an email Iowa@secular.org

Ahead of the caucuses, Justin got Rick SantorumBernie SandersChris ChristieTed CruzCarly FiorinaMike Huckabee,Marco Rubio, and Hillary Clinton on the record about church/state separation issues.

 

State Legislative Update

Action Alerts 
If you are registered to vote in one of these states, please take action! Not signed up for Action Alerts? Make an impact in your state by signing up today

Florida 
Action Alert! Fight back attacks on reproductive healthcare
Action Alert! Support the ban of practicing "conversion therapy" on LGBT youth

Reproductive health care is under attack in Florida. Several extreme anti-choice bills have been introduced, including HB 865, the Florida Right to Life Act, which includes references to a "Creator" and language urging the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade. This bill was recently voted favorably out of the House Criminal Justice Subcommittee and is now being considered by the House Justice Subcommittee. Take action on these extreme bills now

SCFL supports two new bills, including SB 258, which would ban conversion therapy, and HB 4019, which strikes language from Florida's existing laws defining marriage as a union excuslusively between a man and a woman. 

New York
Action Alert! Tell the Senate Health Committee to support the New York End of Life Options Act. (Note: only constituents of the committee members will be able to send a message) 

The New York End of Life Options Act (S 3685) would allow terminally ill, mentally-competent adults to choose the time and manner of their own death by requesting life-ending medication from their physician. The fiercest opponent of initiatives to legalize the right to die has been the Catholic Church, which has spent millions to spread misinformation and fear surrounding this issue. The bill is currently sitting in the Senate Health Committee.

 

On the Calendar

January 28- Anniversary of the Challenger Shuttle Crash

January 30-31Secular Social Justice Conference 

 

Upcoming State Calls
To get involved with your state chapter, contact states@secular.org.

Secular Coalition for North Carolina: Tuesday, February 2 (6 pm EST)

Secular Coalition for Iowa: Tuesday, February 2 (7:30 pm EST/ 6:30 pm CST)

Secular Coalition for Georgia: Wednesday, February 3 (5:30 pm)

Secular Coalition for Missouri: Wednesday, February 3 (7 pm EST / 6 pm CST)

Secular Coalition for New Jersey: Thursday, February 4 (5:30 pm ET)

 

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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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