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, 2017

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.

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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

On Presidents Day, Secular Coalition Admonishes President Trump For Betraying His Oath of Office

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2018

On Presidents Day, Secular Coalition Admonishes President Trump For Betraying His Oath of Office

Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America released the following statement today in recognition of Presidents Day.

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

"Today we celebrate all those who have occupied the office of the Presidency and swore an oath to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.' Throughout American history, those who swore this solemn oath knew it entailed a commitment to maintaining the wall of separation between church and state which is enshrined in the first sixteen words of the First Amendment to the Constitution. Regardless of their political parties, their religious persuasions, or their political agendas, most of America's presidents never questioned their duty to uphold the secular character of our government."

"By remembering this proud history, we must also recognize the perils of the present. Since swearing his oath of office in 2017, President Trump has departed from his predecessors by not merely neglecting his oath to protect the First Amendment but outright rejecting it. Rather than defend religious freedom, the Trump Administration has imposed religious privilege through executive orders, Justice Department actions, and agency policy changes that will impact millions of Americans. In addition to these disastrous actions, President Trump has enthusiastically employed the rhetoric of the religious right, which seeks to erase and marginalize the nonreligious and members of minority faiths."

"This Presidents Day, we implore President Trump to remember the oath he swore 395 days ago today and to reflect on how he will be remembered in the long line of American presidents. The power and favor of the religious right is fleeting. What will persist, with or without President Trump's help, is our Constitution and the wall of separation that protects our religious freedom. The question President Trump must consider is if he wants to be remembered as a commander-in-chief or a crusader-in-chief."

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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 FEMA Out of the Church Building Business

Washington, DC -- The Secular Coalition for America released a statement today condemning a provision (section 20604) of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 which would require the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to distribute disaster relief funding to houses of worship "without regard to the religious character of the facility or the primary religious use of the facility."

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

"This bill would rebuild churches by knocking down the wall of separation between church and state. Contrary to the religious right's talking points, houses of worship can already be reimbursed for any costs they incur while providing relief and assistance during natural disasters. This provision hidden in the Bipartisan Budget Act would give churches a special entitlement to taxpayer money by requiring FEMA to fund the reconstruction of religious facilities. It is unconstitutional and unconscionable for Congress to decree that churches are entitled to taxpayer funding. The First Amendment guarantees all Americans the right to decide for themselves what religious institutions, if any, they support with their money. If Congress votes to put FEMA in the business of building churches, it will violate this core constitutional principle and compromise the very foundation of our secular government."

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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.

FAQs About the Secular Coalition's Partnership With UnitedCoR

Q: Why are the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) and United Coalition of Reason (UnitedCoR) partnering?

A: Like any good partnership, the SCA and UnitedCoR compliment one another with each organization having something crucial to the success of the other. The Secular Coalition for America is the nation's premier nontheist lobby group, with 15 years of experience giving nontheistic Americans a voice in Washington, DC and in state capitols across the country. UnitedCoR has helped build countless nontheistic communities across the country and currently provides an umbrella under 80 grassroots groups organize and strategize. Ironically, while both the Secular Coalition and UnitedCoR are nontheist organizations, this agreement looks like a match made in Heaven!

Utilizing the Secular Coalition's national platform and political experience, UnitedCoR affiliates will be empowered with new resources they can use to lobby their lawmakers and engage in political advocacy. Additionally, with access to the Secular Coalition's staff and network, UnitedCoR affiliates will have an increased capacity to grow their communities. In turn, the Secular Coalition will maintain open lines of communication with UnitedCoR affiliates, updating them about legislation in their states and working with them to increase the turnout of Secular Values Voters in the upcoming midterm elections (and beyond!).

Q: Are the Secular Coalition for America and United Coalition for Reason merging into one organization?
A: No, both the Secular Coalition and UnitedCoR will continue to exist as two separate organizations. To help supply UnitedCoR affiliates with the resources and support they need, the Secular Coalition will now oversee UnitedCoR's program.

Q: How will this partnership affect the United Coalition for Reason programming?
A: Over the coming weeks, the Secular Coalition will begin reaching out to UnitedCoR affiliates to learn about their communities, assess their individual needs, and develop strategies for how the Secular Coalition can help them continue to grow and thrive. A key objective of the partnership is to strengthen UnitedCoR affiliates by helping them build productive relationships with neighboring community groups. The Secular Coalition' staff will help affiliates coordinate with like-minded groups on specific projects best suited to each affiliates strengths and interests. These relationships will empower UnitedCoR affiliates to execute increasingly ambitious and impactful projects.

Q: Will this partnership change the mission of Secular Coalition for America or United Coalition for Reason?
A: Not at all. The purpose of this partnership is to give both organizations the resources they need to succeed and enhance both organization's strategic objectives.

How will this partnership impact United Coalition for Reason's interaction and relationship with its local affiliates?
A: UnitedCoR's affiliates will now have access to a Secular Coalition staff member who will work with them on specific projects that reflect each affiliate's unique mission, strengths, and needs. While the Secular Coalition will be managing UnitedCoR's programs, the fundamental relationship between UnitedCoR affiliates and the national organization will remain the same. The success of the UnitedCoR is rooted in their respect for the autonomy and individuality of their affiliates. The Secular Coalition recognizes this and plans to continue this time-tested strategy of giving UnitedCoR affiliates the freedom they need to thrive. Like UnitedCoR, the Secular Coalition believes that local groups know the needs of their communities best and that each affiliate should be run by local organizers.

Q: Does my donation to Secular Coalition for America now support United Coalition for Reason?
A: All donations to the Secular Coalition for America 501(c)(4) will be used to support their lobbying efforts. Donations to the Secular Coalition for America's Education Fund 501(c)(3) will be used, in part, to support our Secular Values Voter campaign -- an education, not lobbying -- campaign. Since UnitedCoR affiliates will be taking part in the campaign, some 501 (c)(3) funding may be used to provide materials and support UnitedCoR affiliate groups.

 

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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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