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: 374
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.”

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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.

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Nebraska trying to organise despite wide open distances

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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

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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

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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

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Secular Coalition Latest News

Secular Coalition Urges the Senate to Save the Johnson Amendment

Washington, DC -- Yesterday the House of Representatives passed a tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1), which contains a provision that severely weakens the Johnson Amendment. Passed by Congress in 1954, the Johnson Amendment prohibits all 501(c)3 nonprofits, including houses of worship, from endorsing political candidates. Section 5201 of the House tax reform bill would effectively repeal the Johnson Amendment by allowing tax-exempt churches and nonprofits to endorse political candidates.

Statement by Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America

"We are deeply disappointed that Members of Congress would vote to remove a common-sense safeguard to gain political points with the extreme religious right. For 63 years, the Johnson Amendment has helped protect the integrity of our elections, our nonprofits, and our secular government. While the original version of the House's tax reform bill exclusively allowed houses of worship to endorse political candidates, Members of the House Ways and Means Committee amended the text to include secular nonprofits. This amendment was intended to make the bill appear equitable but it remains a fact that, unlike secular nonprofits, religious nonprofits are not required to file a 990 tax form which discloses sources of income and expenditures. This lack of financial transparency threatens to unleash a new wave of "dark money" into our elections, opening the gates for tax-deductible donations to flow through church coffers and into political campaigns."

"As the Senate prepares to vote on their version of tax reform legislation, we urge them to listen to the voices of faith leaders, nonprofits, and voters, the overwhelming majority of whom support the Johnson Amendment. Contrary to the misinformation of the religious right, all nonprofits are already free to speak out on political issues. The repeal of the Johnson Amendment will turn nonprofits into political pawns and further politicize houses of worship. We will not stand by while the integrity of our political system and the efficacy of charitable organizations around the country is compromised for the benefit of religious fundamentalists who want to engage in partisan electioneering on the taxpayer's dime."

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Contact:
Casey Brescia
Communications Associate and Spokesman
Casey@secular.org, 
(845) 380-6201

 

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 Applauds Member of Congress For Coming Out As Humanist

Washington, DC -- Today the Secular Coalition for America released a statement applauding Representative Jared Huffman (D-CA) for publicly announcing that he is a nonreligious humanist.

Statement by Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America

"I want to thank Rep. Huffman for his honesty, his integrity, and his courage. Every lawmaker who is open about their nontheistic identity helps to combat the stigma we face and bring visibility toward the nonreligious community, the largest and fastest growing religious demographic in the country. We are patriotic Americans who live by our deeply held secular values. We are your neighbors, your coworkers, your friends, and, increasingly, your lawmakers. It is our hope that Rep. Huffman's example will give more elected officials the courage to be open about who they are and inspire more openly nontheistic Americans to run for office."

"This simple act by Rep. Huffman carries tremendous power. While a record number of Americans (one-in-four) identify as having no religious affiliation, there remains an unfortunate and painful prejudice against us. This results in a de facto religious test that prevents nonreligious Americans from running for office and keeps many elected officials from being open about their lack of faith. By announcing that he is a humanist, Rep. Huffman joins the dozens of openly secular lawmakers across the country whose success as elected officials is changing hearts and minds."

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Contact:
Casey Brescia
Communications Associate and Spokesman
Casey@secular.org, (845) 380-6201


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.

 

Tax Reform Bill Gives Churches The Gift Of Tax-Free Political Influence

Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America released a statement today condemning a provision in the House tax reform bill (H.R. 1) that would repeal the Johnson Amendment exclusively for houses of worship. The Johnson Amendment prohibits nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations from engaging in partisan political campaigns, including supporting or opposing candidates for public office. The repeal of this rule would enable religious organizations to potentially operate like Super PACs by using their anonymous, tax-deductible donations to support political candidates.

"This is a brazen attack on the separation of church and state," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "These Members of Congress are afraid to introduce a repeal of the Johnson Amendment as a stand-alone bill because they know it would fail. Therefore, in an attempt to do the bidding of the religious right, they have hidden this provision inside of tax-reform legislation. Religious nonprofits are already exempt from taxes and financial transparency. The repeal of the Johnson Amendment would bestow churches with unprecedented power and exempt them from all accountability to the taxpayers and the parishioners who fill their coffers. Most Americans, including most religious leaders, do not want to see these common-sense protections repealed. If Congress won't stand up for the First Amendment, we will."

A national poll released in March found that a resounding majority of Americans (72%) support the Johnson Amendment, including a majority of Republicans (67%), Democrats (76%), and Trump voters (66%). A poll released in February found an overwhelming number of evangelical pastors (89%) opposed the idea of clergy endorsing politicians from the pulpit.

"I do not think that pastors or churches should seek to be apolitical, but I think the boundary of ALL non-profits being held to the standard of not supporting a specific candidate is reasonable," said Pastor Chris Legg, the lead pastor at the South Spring Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. "Being a nonprofit is not a right, but a privilege that appropriately comes with some restrictions and some accountability. I would go so far as to say that if a pastor believes God is calling them to speak openly in support of a candidate, or in opposition to one, they are obligated to follow God's leadership and do so! Fortunately, our laws provide for a completely appropriate and legal way to do that - don't be a 501(c)(3)."

"Of course we oppose any changes to the Johnson Amendment and I'm proud to stand with my brothers and sisters from the religious community who have expressed sincere concerns about the ramifications of such repeal," said Decker. "It's clear that the only supporters of this crusade against the Johnson Amendment are the fringe elements of the religious right who care less about spreading the word of God than they do imposing their beliefs on all Americans."

Secular Coalition for America Contact:

Casey Brescia

Communications Associate and Spokesman

Casey@secular.org, (845) 380-6201


Pastor Chris Legg

clegg@southspring.org

(903) 839-0111

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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 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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