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: 375
Latest Activity: Jul 11

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 Issue Joint Statements Calling for Dialogue with Trump Administration

Washington, DC -- Today four national organizations representing atheists, agnostics, humanists, and secular Americans released statements condemning the Trump Administration's lack of outreach to the nontheist community.

In March 2017, leaders representing American Atheists, the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry, and the Secular Coalition for America sent a joint letter to the White House welcoming Donald Trump as the 45th President of the United States. The letter, made public for the first time today, urges President Trump to continue the Obama Administration's policy of regularly engaging with the nontheistic community. In closing, the four signatory organizations urge President Trump to call upon them as a resource so they can work together to "ensure religious freedom and inclusion for all Americans throughout your tenure as President of the United States."

After nearly five months, the White House has yet to respond to the letter or offer any formal recognition to the one-quarter of Americans who identify as nonreligious. Over the same time period, the Trump Administration has pursued a policy agenda that blatantly privileges religion and is overtly hostile to the separation of church and state. These actions include: issuing an Executive Order calling for the IRS to relax the ban on churches engaging in electoral politics, instituting a religiously-discriminatory travel ban, appointing an Attorney General who explicitly slandered secular Americans during his confirmation hearing, and, as recently as Wednesday, repeating a frequently used campaign talking point that implies patriotism requires belief in a God.

Because of these policies and continued incendiary rhetoric, the four signatories to the letter are again calling on the White House to meet with them and speak to the concerns of nonreligious Americans, the single largest "religious group" in the United States.

Below are statements by representatives from each of the nontheist organizations signed on to the letter.

"This administration has continually appeased and kowtowed to the most extreme elements of the religious right. Their attacks on the foundation of the separation of church and state and their use of religious as a weapon against LGBT people, religious minorities, and women have confirmed our fears that the President would allow religious fundamentalists to drive the agenda in this White House. President Trump needs to realize that the tide has turned on religion in America. Our community is growing while the ranks of the extremists he has aligned himself with continue to shrink. Atheists demand equality, respect, and a seat at the table in American politics and we will fight at every step to secure those goals."

-David Silverman, President, American Atheists

"Despite divisive campaign rhetoric, many humanists were willing to give President Trump a chance to establish an inclusive Administration, but his refusal to meet with the nontheistic community and his administration's open hostility to the separation of religion and government is profoundly disturbing. President Trump holds an office that isn't a platform for promoting a particular faith and he has an obligation to represent all Americans."

-Roy Speckhardt, Executive Director, American Humanist Association

"In an attempt to respect the office of the presidency and work constructively with those with whom we may disagree, the secular community reached out to President Trump to open a dialogue. Rather than greet that gesture as an opportunity, Trump ignored it and has gone on to question the patriotism of nonbelievers. When fealty to the president is the only yardstick by which one's patriotism is measured, as it is in this administration, we happily fail that test. The nonreligious, humanists, and atheists, make up a significant proportion of America's citizenry. That Trump finds us unworthy speaks volumes about him."

-Robyn Blumner, President and CEO, Center for Inquiry

"As patriotic Americans, we find it disheartening that the Trump Administration is willing to cast us as second-class citizens. The signatories of this letter represent a community that now includes one-quarter of all Americans and who deserve to a have a seat at the table. We believe firmly in the expressed intent of the first 16 words of the very First Amendment to the Bill of Right which promises that true religious freedom must include both the freedom of and freedom from religion. I hope President Trump will take us at our word that we wish to be a resource to him and recognize that, as President of the United States, he should meet with those who represent such a large constituency of Americans."

- Larry T. Decker, Executive Director, Secular Coalition for America


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Contacts:


Nick Fish, American Atheists

National Program Director

(908) 276-7300 x8

nfish@atheists.org


Amy Couch, American Humanist Association

Communications Manager

(202) 238-9088

acouch@americanhumanist.org


Paul Fidalgo, Center for Inquiry

Communications Director

(207) 358-9785

press@centerforinquiry.net


Casey Brescia, Secular Coalition for America

Communications Associate and Spokesman

(845) 380-6201

Casey@secular.org

Nontheists Call Brownback Unfit to Advocate for Religious Freedom Abroad

Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America released the following statement today in response to President Trump nominating Kansas Governor Sam Brownback to serve as the ambassador at large for international religious freedom. If confirmed, Mr. Brownback would head the State Department's Office of International Religious Freedom, the mission of which is to "monitor religious persecution and discrimination worldwide, recommend and implement policies in respective regions or countries, and develop programs to promote religious freedom."

"Nominating Sam Brownback to head the Office of International Religious Freedom shows that the Trump Administration has no serious interest in protecting religious minorities and nontheists abroad," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "Throughout his political career, Brownback has used elected office as a means to impose his religious beliefs on others. His willingness to write his own religious beliefs into law is antithetical to the spirit of the office for which he has been nominated. As a secular nation, the United States should strive to set the example for other countries and serve as a beacon of hope to all those persecuted for their faith or lack thereof. The nomination of Sam Brownback sends the message that President Trump is willing to trade America's place in the world for political points with the religious right."

During his tenure in Congress, Brownback repeatedly sponsored anti-LGBT legislation and helped introduce the Senate Version of the Federal Marriage Amendment, which would have banned same-sex marriage nationwide. As Governor of Kansas, Brownback championed a 2012 "religious freedom" bill that would have allowed for sweeping religiously-based discrimination against nontheists, religious minorities, and LGBT individuals.

In 2011, Brownback was the only other sitting lawmaker to attend a prayer rally held by then Texas Governor Rick Perry. In 2012, he issued a proclamation calling on the people of Kansas to "collectively repent for distancing ourselves from God and ask for His mercy on us."

"Across the globe, nontheists and religious minorities continue to face persecution and even the threat of death simply for their religious opinions," said Decker. "With the lives of nontheists and other religious minorities on the line, we need an ambassador who will be bold in confronting these injustices. Given his record of promoting religious privilege and disregard for the concerns of religious minorities in the United States, Mr. Brownback is unfit for this position."

Contact: Casey Brescia

Communications Associate and Spokesman

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 Urges Congress to Keep Churches Out of Politics

Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America released a statement today condemning the House Committee on Appropriations for voting to advance a bill that would allow churches to engage in electoral politics while maintaining their tax-exempt status. The 2018 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Bill contains a provision, Section 116, that instructs the IRS to cease enforcement of the 1954 Johnson Amendment exclusively for houses of worship.

"Today members of Congress voted to gut a law which has preserved the integrity of our democracy and the secular character of our government for more than 60 years," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "By approving a provision that repeals the Johnson Amendment exclusively for houses of worship, lawmakers are sending the unmistakable message that their intent is to transform churches into political actors. In doing so, they have advanced one of the key and most consequential policy priorities of the religious right. Religious nonprofits are already exempt from taxes and financial disclosure laws. If the House passes this bill with Section 116 intact, churches will have a green light from Congress to use their privileged status to engage in electoral politics and funnel untold sums of dark money into our political system."

On Tuesday, the Secular Coalition for America and thirteen of its member organizations sent a letter to the Chairman and Ranking Member of the House Appropriations Committee urging them to remove Section 116 from the bill. Additionally, the Secular Coalition joined 107 nonprofits and religious groups in a letter urging the Appropriations Committee to leave the Johnson Amendment intact.

"It is no accident that this latest attack on the Johnson Amendment is hidden deep within a routine spending bill," said Decker. "If members of Congress want to turn houses of worship into the equivalent of Super PACs they should do so in the public eye, not by exploiting the appropriations process to avoid scrutiny. The Johnson Amendment is a crucial and common sense safeguard for our democracy and our nonprofits. People of all faiths and none must rally together to oppose this underhanded effort to dismantle the wall of separation between church and state."

On Thursday night during the markup session, Representative Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) introduced an amendment to strike Section 116 from the bill and preserve the Johnson Amendment. The amendment was rejected in a 28-24 vote.

"We'd like to thank Representative Wasserman Schultz and all those who voted in support of her amendment," said Decker. "What's at stake is nothing less than the integrity of our political system. This is worth fighting for and we intend to do everything we can to stop this radical assertion of religious privilege. We urge members of Congress to join us in this fight."

Contact: Casey Brescia

Communications Associate and Spokesman

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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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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