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: Jul 9

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

A Closer Look at the 2014 Score Card

Two weeks ago, the Secular Coalition published its 2014 Congressional Report Card. While the number of legislators receiving “F’s” fell, unfortunately so did the number of legislators receiving “A’s”. While there were a number of bills introduced last year that caught our attention, we ended up narrowing it down to 8 bills for the House and 9 for the Senate to grade the members on. We wanted to highlight a few of the bills we included and explain why we decided to use them, and how they relate to secular values.

HR 3133/S 1808 – The Marriage and Religious Freedom Act

In an attempt to preempt the surging number of states allowing for same-sex marriages, bills were introduced in both chambers to preserve a person’s ability to discriminate under the guise of religion. If these bills had passed and become law, they would have prevented the federal government from taking action against a person or organization that cites religion as an excuse. These bills, which have been reintroduced as the “First Amendment Defense Act” this session, rely on completely misunderstanding what religious liberty is, and would allow for Americans to hide behind religion as a reason to deny services to others.

HR 2175/S 1044 – The World War II Memorial Prayer Act

Normally, when a memorial or monument is erected on the National Mall, it undergoes a rigorous process before being finalized. This means any inscriptions on the memorial must be vetted by multiple committees and commissions before being finalized. With this bill, however, Congress bypassed that procedure so that they could include a Christian prayer in addition to the 15 inscriptions already approved through the normal process. By passing this bill into law, Congress allowed for blatant privileging of religion and dishonored the non-believers who served in World War II, while also demonstrating its willingness to circumvent the rules to get its way.

HR 5051/S 2578 – The Protect Women’s Health from Corporate Interference Act

With its ruling in the Hobby Lobby case, the Supreme Court found that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) not only covers privately held corporations, but that it allows for employers to deny their employees coverage for birth control. The Court allowed for an employer’s beliefs to trump those of their employees. This bill aimed to fix this by reaffirming that any organization that buys a group insurance plan for employees can’t use RFRA as a reason to deny coverage for any item or service required by federal law. These bills, had Congress passed them, would have protected an individual’s choices about their reproductive health care from their employer’s religious beliefs.

S 862 – The EACH Act

Last year’s version of the EACH Act, S 862, was a particularly misleading piece of legislation. This bill would have introduced broad religious exemptions to the insurance mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Modeled after a similar provision in Massachusetts, this bill would have allowed anybody claiming a religious or conscionable objection to medical care to opt out of insurance. Although proponents of the bill claimed they were protecting the religious liberty, it would have increased the number of uninsured Americans, as well as leave children vulnerable to medical neglect. Not only that, but the way the bill was written would have been impossible to enforce, leaving other Americans to foot the bill.

Most of these bills highlighted either above or in the scorecard have been re-introduced this session. For more information about the bills and what you can do to stand up for secular values, visit our Action Center.

Jimmy Carter, Oliver Sacks and Me

Two people I've long admired announced this year that they had terminal illnesses: Dr. Oliver Sacks and former President Jimmy Carter. Both have lived consequential lives and are role models for me on how to behave during my last months of life (many years from now, I hope).

Read more at the Huffington Post

State of the States: August 28

State of the States

State of the StatesYour weekly digest on the secular movement in the states.

State Campaigns

The Put Kids First campaign is in full swing as the Secular Coalition’s chapters in campaign states reach out to potential partners to build strong state coalitions ahead of the 2016 legislative session, when they will advocate for the repeal of all nonmedical vaccine exemptions. Three states are already scheduling speaking engagements with local secular groups to educate the secular community about nonmedical exemptions in their state.

If you’re in Oregon, make sure to catch Brian Harvey give a talk this coming Monday, August 31 at FFRF-Portland and stay tuned for details of his upcoming talk at Portland State University in September. If your group is located in a campaign state and you’d like to invite your local chapter leader to speak, email your inquiry to putkidsfirst@secular.org.

State Legislative Update

Secular Coalition for Illinois (SCIL):

On Thursday, August 20, the Illinois Governor Rauner signed two bills into law, an amendment to the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act and the Youth Mental Health Protection Act. SCIL sent out an Action Alert thanking legislators who voted for the Youth Mental Health Protection Act, which bans mental health providers from practicing harmful, so-called “conversion therapy” on LGBT youth. SCIL also wrote a post expressing disappointment and concern about the language and intent of the Student Prayer-Any Time of Day Act, which you can read here.

Follow SCIL on Twitter and Facebook. For volunteer and leadership opportunities, email illinois@secular.org.

On the Calendar

August 27-30 – Religion Newswriters Conference

September 4-7 - DragonCon, where Interim Executive Director Kelly Damerow will be speaking!

Upcoming State Calls

Secular Coalition for Maine: Friday, August 28 (5:00 ET)

Secular Coalition for Utah: Monday, August 10 (10:00 am MDT/12:00 pm ET)

Secular Coalition for Connecticut: Wednesday, September 1 (5:30 ET)

Secular Coalition for California: Saturday, September 5  (10:00 pm PT/1:00 pm ET)

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Comment by LaPlace on September 8, 2010 at 9:11pm
New here to the forum. So hello to all, and thank you to Paul for posting a link for Sean's YouTube video on the National Day Of Prayer. "A national day of blasphemy would be unconstitutional too," Sean said there.

Okay, yeah, but c'mon, isn't it worth a shot? ;-)
Comment by Viking on September 2, 2010 at 10:56pm
As I was watching this little film I got an idea. There are number of atheists teachers all around the US, so maybe they will create an Internet Elementary and High School. There are many perents, who don't like idiotic religious school programs. The Atheists Schools can be very healty for sociaty.
Comment by Shawn Anonymous on May 31, 2010 at 9:21pm
Hello everyone. I'm new to the group and just wanted to say hello.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on May 27, 2010 at 3:51am
Keep America's tax-dollar parasites in check! The 'truth' is that intellectually lazy, obsolete ways can only harm good hard working people.
Comment by Paul Fidalgo on May 10, 2010 at 2:53pm
Comment by Bradley Thomas Horton on May 6, 2010 at 4:57am
Good morning, everybody... I am an Atheist, who has finally found his voice... I am a disability and homeless advocate. My agency is called Journey Thru Storms.
www.journeythrustormsadvocacy.org
Comment by Paul Fidalgo on April 22, 2010 at 2:33pm
Comment by Paul Fidalgo on April 20, 2010 at 8:44am
A little coverage for the Secular Coalition at ABC News, weighing in on Sarah Palin's odd and, well, wrong view of history.
Comment by Paul Fidalgo on April 19, 2010 at 12:48pm
The fact that we have not gotten this group officially up and running yet, and still there are already 44 members and a discussion started heartens me greatly. Thanks, all!
Comment by Paul Fidalgo on April 7, 2010 at 2:32pm
Not yet -- perhaps we can drag him on with gentle prodding.
 

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