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: Jun 13, 2016

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

Price's Record Disqualifies Him From Serving As Secretary of Health and Human Services

Washington, DC-- The Secular Coalition for America has released a statement opposing the appointment of Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to serve as the Secretary of Health and Human Services.

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

"America needs a Secretary of Health and Human Services who can be trusted not to play politics with public health. As a member of the House, Representative Tom Price repeatedly used his position in Congress to push his own personal religious agenda at the expense of women's reproductive rights. During his 12 years in Congress, Price repeatedly voted to defund Planned Parenthood, co-sponsored a 20-week abortion ban, and co-sponsored a radical "personhood bill" that would have granted constitutional rights to fetuses and zygotes. In 2015, Price voted to override the District of Columbia's Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Amendment Act, which would have protected women from being fired from a job for their reproductive health choices. Furthermore, during his confirmation hearing, Price displayed an inexcusable ignorance about the impact of his vote to overturn the District's nondiscrimination act. When Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) asked Price about his opposition to the bill, his response revealed a shocking lack of awareness about the bill's purpose and the reality that there are women who suffer employment discrimination as a result of their reproductive health choices.

In addition to his staunchly anti-choice voting record, Representative Price has also affiliated himself with the fringe medical group the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons (AAPS). As recently as February 2016, the AAPS has released a statement asserting the medically debunked claim that vaccines cause autism. Representative Price's willingness to associate himself with a medical organization that actively promotes this dangerous and discredited claim raises serious doubts about his judgment. The United States needs a Health and Human Services Secretary who respects the rights of women and recognizes the difference between science and pseudoscience. It is for these reasons that the Secular Coalition for America opposes the appointment of Representative Tom Price to the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services."

Contact: Casey Brescia, 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 19 voting member organizations.

 

 

Secular Americans Flunk DeVos For Secretary of Education

Washington, DC-- The Secular Coalition for America has released a statement opposing the appointment of billionaire Betsy DeVos to the position of Secretary of Education.

 

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

"Public dollars should only be used to support schools that serve all students equally by providing a secular, inclusive, and science-based curriculum. Unfortunately, Betsy DeVos has devoted much of her philanthropic career to opposing this basic principle. DeVos has long championed voucher programs that funnel taxpayer money from public schools to private religious schools. These initiatives are advanced under the guise of empowering parents by giving them a "choice" in deciding where their children attend school. In reality, the private schools receiving these voucher dollars are allowed to discriminate against students on the basis of sexual orientation, religion, or disability and to teach a sectarian religious curriculum, all while taxpayers are footing the bill.

At her confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Betsy DeVos offered no reassurance that she would work to defend the integrity of the American education system. When pressed by Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) as to whether she would hold all schools receiving federal funding equally accountable, DeVos took great pains to evade the question, awkwardly refusing to provide a clear answer despite it being repeated to her five times. Apparently, DeVos believes that private religious schools should be entitled to taxpayer funding but exempt from any public accountability.

DeVos has publicly stated that her religious beliefs shape her view of education. At a 2001 Christian event called the Gathering, DeVos stated that education reform was a way to change the culture and achieve "greater Kingdom gain" for God. Based on her record and her statements, it is clear that DeVos sees America's schools as a vehicle for pushing her own personal religious beliefs. We need a Secretary of Education whose primary concern is educating, not proselytizing young people. For this reason, the Secular Coalition for America urges the Senate to reject Betsy DeVos for the position of Secretary of Education."

Contact: Casey Brescia, 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 19 voting member organizations.

Secular Coalition to Ben Carson: Equal Rights Are Not Extra Rights

Washington, DC-- The Secular Coalition for America has released a statement opposing the appointment of neurosurgeon Ben Carson to serve as the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

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

"The Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is entrusted with achieving the department's mission of "creating strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all." Unfortunately, Ben Carson's record of publicly disparaging the LGBT community makes him unfit to fulfill the duties of the office. In the past, Carson has asserted that sexual orientation is a "choice" and equated homosexuality with bestiality and pedophilia. Carson's well-documented disdain for the LGBT community presents serious doubts that he will work to ensure they are protected from housing discrimination or work to combat the epidemic of LGBT youth homelessness.

Carson has also shown that he embraces the religious right's backward definition of religious freedom. He defended then Indiana Governor Mike Pence's discriminatory Religious Freedom Restoration Act, saying "It is absolutely vital that we do all we can to allow Americans to practice their religious ways while simultaneously ensuring that no one's beliefs infringe upon those of others." This defense reveals that Carson believes religious freedom exempts business owners from anti-discrimination laws. Carson's deeply distorted view of religious freedom made another appearance during his confirmation hearing last week. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) asked Carson if, as HUD Secretary, he would uphold the nondiscrimination laws protecting LGBT persons. Carson responded that he intends to apply the law to protect all people but said he opposed "extra rights" for any community. Carson's definition of "extra rights" requires reviewing his response to the Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision, which legalized same-sex marriage and, according to Carson, gave same-sex couples "extra rights."

Carson clearly views civil liberties through the religious right's prism, making him unable to distinguish equal rights from "extra rights." The ability to recognize discrimination is essential to protecting the housing rights of LGBT persons and other vulnerable communities. The Secular Coalition for America urges the Senate to reject Ben Carson for the position of Secretary of Housing and Urban Development."

Contact: Casey Brescia, 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 19 voting member organizations.

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