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.

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

Secular Americans Name New Hampshire Legislation The “Worst State Bill” in the Country

Washington, D.C.-- Today the Secular Coalition for America and American Atheists announced that a New Hampshire bill, HB 1787, has won the title of "Worst State Bill in America." The legislation would allow health care workers and institutions to refuse to provide necessary medical care to patients if doing so conflicts with the provider's religious beliefs. 

The announcement marks the conclusion of the 2018 Bad Bill Madness campaign, organized by the Secular Coalition for America and American Atheists. The educational campaign pit 16 state bills from across the country into a tournament bracket and invited the public to vote on which bill is the worst. After four rounds and nearly 1,000 votes, New Hampshire's HB 1787 was named the "winner."

"No one should have their medical options limited by the religious beliefs of their health care provider," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "This legislation does not protect conscience but instead weaponizes it, turning religious belief into yet another barrier between patients and the medical care they need. If signed into law, HB 1787 would give religiously affiliated hospitals a broad and unchecked license to impose their beliefs onto unsuspecting patients. Under this bill, hospitals and health care workers could refuse to provide treatments without any regard for the urgency of the medical issue or the express wishes of the patient. While there were many truly terrible bills in the 2018 Bad Bill Madness roster, New Hampshire's HB 1787 is a particularly illustrative example of the harm that occurs when lawmakers forget that freedom of religion must include the freedom from religion."

"American Atheists opposes hundreds of bad state bills across the country which would undermine the separation of religion and government or allow for discrimination against atheists and other groups, and due to the opposition of American Atheists and many partner organizations, the vast majority of these bills do not pass," said Alison Gill, Legal & Policy Director for American Atheists. "We submitted testimony opposing New Hampshire HB 1787 because it would allow health care providers and institutions to place their religious beliefs above the health and safety of patients by allowing them to refuse to provide necessary medical care. We were pleased to see that the majority of the Republican-controlled New Hampshire House of Representatives agreed with us and deemed this bill 'Inexpedient to Legislate.'"

A HealthDay/Harris poll published in January 2018 found that a clear majority of Americans agree health care providers should not be able to refuse to treat a patient based on religious objections to their sexual orientation (69 percent) or to refuse to perform surgical procedures because they have a religious objection to them (59 percent).

CONTACT:
Casey Brescia, Secular Coalition for America
Communications Associate and Spokesman
Casey@secular.org
(845)-380-6201


Nick Fish, American Atheists
National Program Director
(908) 276-7300 x8
Nfish@atheists.org


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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 19 voting member organizations.

AMERICAN ATHEISTS is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that defends rights of atheists, freethinkers, and other nonbelievers; advocates for the absolute separation of religion and government; and addresses issues of First Amendment public policy. American Atheists was founded in 1963 by Madalyn Murray O'Hair.

 

 

Secular Coalition Welcomes Foundation Beyond Belief As A Member Organization

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
4/6/2018

Washington, D.C.-- Today, the Secular Coalition for America released a statement announcing that Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) will become its landmark nineteenth voting member organization. Foundation Beyond Belief's mission is to unite the humanist community in volunteer and charitable efforts, and to advocate for compassionate action throughout the world.

"We are thrilled to have Foundation Beyond Belief join us as a member organization," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "Tens of millions of Americans are living without religion and feel moved by their secular values to make a positive impact in the world. We are grateful that Foundation Beyond Belief exists to provide nontheists a means to participate in charitable giving and volunteer opportunities that they can trust to be secular, evidence-based, and impactful. Foundation Beyond Belief serves a crucial role in the growing secular community and we are proud to have them join us as an official member organization."

Established in 2009, Foundation Beyond Belief was founded to provide a community for humanists to give to charities that reflect their values and worldview. To date, Foundation Beyond Belief has given over $2.5 million in grants to secular and impactful beneficiaries working on humanitarian causes around the world.

In addition to promoting charitable giving, Foundation Beyond Belief has also established a growing network of volunteers that provide support to those in need in their local communities. Their Beyond Belief Network has over 125 local groups who together, have committed over 100,000 hours of service to organizations focusing on education, human rights, poverty abatement, and clean water projects around the United States.

Foundation Beyond Belief provides financial support and volunteer hours to communities impacted by natural disasters through their Humanist Disaster Recovery program. Later this month, volunteers will be deployed to Houston to rebuild homes that were damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

"Foundation Beyond Belief reflects a community of people who believe that human beings are responsible for making this world a better place than we found it, because there is no supernatural force or being out there to provide for us," said Noelle George, Executive Director of Foundation Beyond Belief. "We are in the midst of a turning point in our nation's history and our actions today will help shape the country we live in tomorrow. Foundation Beyond Belief has never been and will never be an organization content with sitting on the sidelines. Joining the Secular Coalition for America unites our humanitarian actions and their political advocacy in order to build a government that reflects our values, and is as committed to improving the world as we are."

CONTACT:

Casey Brescia
Secular Coalition for America, Communications Associate and Spokesman 
Casey@Secular.org
(845)-380-6201

Noelle George
Foundation Beyond Belief Executive Director
Noelle@foundationbeyondbelief.org
(832) 464-7006

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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 19 voting member organizations.

President Trump Announces Plans To Build A Monument Commemorating the War on Christmas

Washington, DC -- Today, the Trump Administration unveiled plans to construct a monument hailing the end of the War on Christmas. The new memorial will make good on President Trump's promise to bring about a peaceful resolution to the nearly 20-year contrived conflict.

"President Trump is proud to declare victory in the War on Christmas," said a White House spokesman, who repeatedly asked that their name not be used. "No longer will the celebration of Christmas be restricted to private homes, multiple 24/7 radio stations, non-stop television specials, Christmas themed commercials interrupting those television specials, decorations in every major retail outlet, proclamations from elected officials, and a federal holiday. Now that the War on Christmas is over, this cherished religious holiday can finally get the recognition it deserves. The President believes his victory in the War on Christmas will be among the greatest achievements of his presidency."

At the consecration ceremony for the new monument, President Trump is expected to issue an official proclamation establishing that "Christmas" will now refer to the entire period of time between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day.

The proposed monument is expected to feature several installation pieces, each highlighting a different aspect of the War on Christmas. So far, the proposed monument includes:

  • A memorial to everyone who was wished "Happy Holidays" by a department store cashier;

  • An exhibition of anti-Christian Starbucks cups;

  • A statue commemorating the "Faceless Fox News Staffer," which will honor the unsung Fox News staff and interns who were forced to scour the internet for any story that could be plausibly spun to look like an attack on Christmas; and

  • A life-size Nativity Scene.

Following the announcement, the White House has been forced to respond to a litany of criticisms, including accusations that the monument constitutes religious favoritism and is "wildly unnecessary."

"If you analyze this decision in the context of how the President and his cabinet view ‘religious freedom,' it makes a lot more sense," said the anonymous White House staffer before letting out a loud and heavy sigh. "Like many of the President's policy decisions, this announcement comes following a meeting with the nation's leading religious right groups. The President shares their conviction that this monument will help reassert the principle of religious freedom, which is the inalienable right of every American to believe in conservative evangelical Christianity."

"This monument is as unnecessary as it is unsurprising," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "This is a monument to religious privilege and a message that Christian supremacists should feel emboldened. What's next? Are we going to display the Ten Commandments in public schools? Or entomb a leader of the religious right in our nation's capital? Or mandate that a specific set of religious beliefs be treated like a get-out-of-jail-free card? While a monument commemorating the War on Christmas is especially outlandish, would any of those hypotheticals really be any less galling?"

HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!

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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Stand by, all. We'll be beefing up the official Secular Coalition for America group on Atheist Nexus soon. I promise it won't always be this much of a ghost town.

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