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: 376
Latest Activity: Jun 13

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

The Conservative Case for Contraception and Abortion

(This is a guest post by Thomas Buonomo. He is geopolitical risk analyst with expertise in international political economy and Middle East affairs. His views are his own.)

Self-described conservatives have long attacked women's reproductive rights as established by Roe v. Wade based on the belief that the government's responsibility to provide for the basic security of its citizens begins at the point of conception-i.e. when a sperm fertilizes an egg.

The staunchest opponents of women's reproductive rights base their position on a fundamentalist interpretation of the Bible.  This constituency would more appropriately be described as  ‘theocratic' rather than conceded the political cover of "conservative".

Conservative philosophy limits government to providing basic security for its citizens and maintaining the proper functioning of the free market, while it abhors government interference on broader socioeconomic issues. True conservatives should view government imposition of religiously motivated laws on its citizens as anathema.

Theocrats, in contrast, believe that government should make policy based on religious justifications.

While some within this constituency may be genuinely concerned about the lives of the unborn, their underlying fixation is sexual control-i.e. they believe that sex should remain within their religiously defined confines of marriage and that abortion (and for many, contraception) violates divine statutes that they consider superior to state and federal law.

If this were not the case, they should have no moral reservation about a sentience threshold for abortion based on scientific consensus.

It should be apparent to genuine conservatives that government should have no business controlling people's sexual activity so long as it is consensual.  The more complex questions are at what threshold or under what circumstances human life should be protected and how policy can maximize the greatest good for the greatest number. At this point some empirical analysis might be useful to temper ideology.   

The first point one might make is that there are an estimated 7.3 billion people (and counting) populating our planet and that as long as we continue striving to build modern, industrial economies, our planet will no longer passively accommodate us unless we take global measures to address the climate and related security consequences of our collective activity.  Increasing access to contraception and abortion globally would significantly help to address these problems, providing greater quality of life for this and future generations.

A second point one might make is that one of the major structural drivers of political instability and violence in the world-one thinks of the Middle East in particular-is the gap between job and population growth.  

This problem has several causes, including corrupt, authoritarian governance, but one of the long-term solutions is to address the demand side by providing greater access to contraception and abortion as well as education to challenge the religious and other cultural barriers to family planning.  

Although conservatives by definition would tend to oppose public funding of these measures, the question is whether the cost to taxpayers of not providing them would be more. This question should be answered with proper economic analysis rather than starting with one's ideologically motivated conclusion.  It should include the cost to taxpayers of funding welfare benefits, police departments, and prison systems-three variables strongly correlated with unplanned pregnancies.

Although reasonable people can disagree on the threshold at which abortion rights should be limited, this debate should be framed in utilitarian rather than religious fundamentalist terms in which theocrats start with their conclusion and construct arguments based on what they presume to be divine will.  The moral questions associated with abortion and contraception are in reality more complex and multidimensional.  

New Study Finds One-Quarter of Americans Have No Religion

Secular Coalition to Lawmakers: This Is Your Wake-Up Call

Washington, D.C.-- The Secular Coalition for America hailed a new study released by the Public Religion Research Institute showing that nearly one-quarter of all Americans (24.8%) have no religious affiliation. The new data confirms that the nonreligious are now the largest "religious group" in the U.S.

"This is a wake-up call to lawmakers and politicians across the country," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "The rapid growth of the nonreligious is among the most drastic and consequential changes to the American political landscape in recent history. It is time for both political parties to take notice of this trend and rewrite their political playbooks."

According to the report

  • The growth of the nonreligious is driven primarily by religious switching. Nearly one-in-five Americans raised with religion has become unaffiliated. By contrast, only 3% of those raised without a religion have joined one.

  • Younger Americans are leaving religion at a historically unprecedented rate. Compared to previous generations, current 18-29-year-olds are less religious than previous generations were at their age. Thirty-nine percent of adults 18-29 have no religious affiliation.

  • 80% of the religious unaffiliated say that religion is not personally important to them.

  • 79% reject the idea that belief in God is required to have good moral values.  

  • 48% of nonreligious voters are Independents, one-third (33%) are Democrats and only 12% identify as Republicans.

  • Among the 2016 presidential candidates, the nonreligious lean heavily toward Hillary Clinton (62%) compared to Donald Trump (21%). However, 12% said they favor a third party candidate such as Gary Johnson or Jill Stein.

The new report did find that despite their "exponential growth rate" the nonreligious continue to be underrepresented at the ballot box. In every election since 2008 the nonreligious have comprised only 12% of the total voter turnout.

The Secular Coalition for America has already begun reaching out to nonreligious voters through its Secular Values Voter campaign, a large component of which focuses on educating and engaging religiously unaffiliated voters about the 2016 election.

"It is indisputable that we have the numbers on our side, the only challenge left is turning those numbers into a reliable voting bloc," said Decker. "This is a hurdle I am confident we can overcome. The nonreligious are no longer outside the mainstream. We are your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends, and for elected officials, we are one-fourth of your constituents."

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.


 

Secular Coalition Releases Grades for Third Party Candidates

Washington, D.C.-- The Secular Coalition for America has released its 2016 Presidential Voter Guides for third party candidates. Candidates received a grade of "A" through "F" based on public statements regarding eight issues related to the separation of church and state, science-based policy, and respect for nontheists.

Green party nominee Jill Stein earned an "A" while Libertarian party nominee Gary Johnson earned a "B."  

"As the fastest growing ‘religious demographic' in the United States, nonreligious Americans are becoming a larger share of every political party, including third parties," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "As an organization committed to representing all nontheistic Americans at the state and federal level, we celebrate the political diversity of our constituency. Third party candidates serve an important role in American democracy and the secular Americans who support them deserve to have their voices heard."

In July both Jill Stein and Gary Johnson embraced an inclusive message toward atheist voters on social media following a question from David Silverman, President of American Atheists, a member organization of the Secular Coalition for America.

"Nontheistic Americans have a long and proud history of being freethinkers, not content to accept the status quo," Decker said. "Given this tendency, along with the fact that more than one-quarter of nonreligious voters are independent, it seems obvious that outreach to secular voters should be a central part of any third party's strategy."

While no data on the religious demographics of the Green party is available, a 2013 survey by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 27 percent of self-identified libertarians were nonreligious.

Voter guides are provided as a public service and are not intended to be an endorsement of any candidate or political party.

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.

 

 

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