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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: Nov 27, 2014

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

Experiences with South Carolina Law

When South Carolina leads a national story, it's usually because of a horrible hurricane or racial incident. There hasn't been a major hurricane lately in my hometown of Charleston, but North Charleston recently became the focus of national and international attention when a white police officer named Michael Slager shot an unarmed black man, Walter Scott, five times in the back as he fled after being stopped for a broken taillight.

Since police investigations in South Carolina and many other states almost always exonerate the officer in a questionable situation, it was almost unprecedented for Slager to be arrested and charged with murder shortly after the shooting. However, because of the now-famous video taken by a passerby, I don't credit South Carolina law enforcement for their prompt action. The video appears to show Slager taking target practice on a black man's back, turning the "smoking gun" cliché into something literal. Were it not for the video, an internal police investigation might have exonerated Slager because he initially claimed to fear for his life during a struggle with Scott.

Continue reading on Huffington Post >>

Religious Restoration Act is Unnecessary

By Douglas Berger, Co-Chair, Secular Coalition for Ohio

I comment on the March 5 Dispatch article “ Religious-freedom case strikes delicate balance.” One fact that seems to be missing from coverage of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act is that public-accommodation laws won’t force churches to solemnize same-sex weddings, just as they aren’t forced to solemnize weddings for people of different faiths today.

Marriage is a contract regulated by the state, so a religious solemnization isn’t even required.

Since a “restoration act” isn’t needed to protect churches or the clergy, such laws appear to be bigotry in the guise of “religious freedom.” They are used by people who have businesses that are supposed to be open to the public, but who want to force their beliefs onto others.

Continue Reading on Dispatch.com >>

South Dakota Creationism Bill Awarded Title of “Worst State Bill”

Pierre, South Dakota---After several weeks of voting, the award for “Worst State Bill” violating the separation of church and state has been given to South Dakota Senate Bill 114, a bill entitled “An act to encourage and protect the teaching of certain scientific information.”

The survey was conducted via social media by the Secular Coalition for America as a part of its Bad Bill Madness campaign. A parody of the popular college basketball tournament, the survey placed 16 bills from different states into brackets and asked respondents to vote on which most violated the separation of church and state. The roster included, but was not limited to, a bill prohibiting secular marriage ceremonies in Oklahoma, a law declaring the Bible the official state book of Tennessee, and a bill to make property leased to religious organizations tax-exempt in Arizona.

With the final round concluding Wednesday at 4 p.m. ET, the South Dakota bill was officially declared the winner. Under the guise of “academic freedom” the bill would have provided legal protections for science teachers to insert their own ideological biases into the classroom, even if it was contrary to scientific consensus. Any pretense of genuine concern for promoting critical inquiry disappears when one reads the list of topics specifically protected by the bill, which included “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, human cloning, and other scientific subjects that may cause debate and disputation.”

Although SB 114 won the title of “Worst State Bill” it’s worth noting that it is only one of many from a recent wave of legislation designed to undermine science education with similar bills introduced in Missouri, Indiana, and Oklahoma. This attempt to insert creationism into the classroom was so transparent that representatives from the State Department of Education, the South Dakota Education Association, and the Associated School Boards of South Dakota testified against the bill in committee. Appropriately, the bill received supportive testimony from the Family Policy Council and the Discovery Institute.

Although the bill was recently rejected in committee with a 4-2 vote,  the Secular Coalition for South Dakota would like to congratulate the supporters and sponsors of SB 114 on winning the Bad Bill Madness bracket. The language of SB 114 is an example of the anti-science movement’s new political tactic: using ambiguous language  to insert religion into public school science classrooms. As the public becomes increasingly aware of the broad scientific consensus behind evolution and climate change, anti-science advocates must face the facts and keep their ideological agendas out of public school science classrooms.

CONTACT: Kelly Damerow, SCA Interim Executive Director, at kelly@secular.org or (202)-299-1091 ext. 207. 

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Comment by Shannon on April 1, 2011 at 3:18pm
Tim-- you had me worried.
Comment by Aiden on March 27, 2011 at 9:07am
Looks like the vid was removed, EC.
Comment by AgeOfAtheists14 on March 26, 2011 at 4:00pm

Historical secular knowledge:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FE8CV3VAekM

Comment by Brian George on March 6, 2011 at 6:32pm

proselytization in the US military

 

I added this as a note to the petition: When I was in basic training we were given the choice of going to church for an hour with the rest of the day off, or working K.P. duty all day. The message was clear and disgusting. I chose to work K.P. duty!

Comment by Catherine Piske on January 29, 2011 at 4:09pm
I was just there last week. Signed .. thanks for bringing this up. :)
Comment by Rayray on November 19, 2010 at 9:35am
Ok, just signed it. Yes, it states it in the letter that it is unconstitutional. I thought so.
Comment by Rayray on November 19, 2010 at 9:32am
Riomarcos, isn't that constitutionally illegal? Something about the state pushing or giving favor toward one religion over another or pushing religion at all?
Comment by Larian LeQuella on November 12, 2010 at 11:34am
Hello all. I am the crazy cat herder up in New Hampshire that is attempting to set up a chapter in our state. I see Matt had a great success with Arizona, so I hope that I can mirror that up here in the Granite State.
Comment by Shawn Anonymous on November 2, 2010 at 7:02pm
Hello Friends,

I've been away from AN for a bit, so its been a while since some of us have talked. I hope all is well. I wanted to tell you all about my new article on the Black Skeptics Blogspot, its called "Humanity's Child". If you get a chance, I hope you'll read it and post a comment on the page. If you like it, or simply find it interesting, I hope you'll forward it to your friends and/or groups across the net. You can find a link to the article below. Thanks in guys!

Best,
Shawn


PS- For those of you who are interested, you can also find my previous article entitled "What If" by searching that title on the Black Skeptics Group at Blogspot or RichardDawkins.net


http://blackskeptics.blogspot.com/2010/11/humanitys-child.html
Comment by Sarah Walton on September 24, 2010 at 6:17pm
Is the Secular Coalition for citizens only, or is participation by permanent residents allowed?
 

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