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Secular Coalition for America Mission and Purpose. Our mission is to increase the visibility 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.

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secular coalition for america mission and purpose
Secular Coalition for AmericaMission and Purpose
  • Our mission is to increase the visibility 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.
  • Our purpose is to advocate on behalf of nontheistic and secular Americans.
  • The Secular Coalition for America was founded in 2002
who we represent
Who We Represent
  • 52.8% of Americans think political leaders should NOT rely on religious beliefs when making decisions.

Source: ABC News/Washington Post poll, April 2005 and the Association of Religion Data Archives

who we represent1
Who We Represent
  • Americans with no religious affiliation, “Nones” represent 16.1% of all Americans
secular coalition for america endorsing organizations
Secular Coalition for AmericaEndorsing Organizations
  • Anti-Discrimination Support Network
  • Arizona Coalition of Reason (ArizonaCoR),
  • Association of Humanistic Rabbis
  • Ask an Atheist
  • Atheist Nexus
  • Brights Action SCA,
  • Center for Atheism,
  • Center for Naturalism
  • Congress of Secular Jewish Organizations,
  • Foundation Beyond Belief
  • Freethought Action
  • Hispanic American Freethinkers
  • Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard,
  • Humanist Institute
  • Humanist Society
  • Humanists of Florida
  • Internet Infidels
  • LGBT Humanist Council of AHA
  • Mission of Reason,
  • Mr. Deity
  • National Atheist Party
  • Path of Reason
  • Project Reason
  • Rational Response Squad
  • The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science
  • Secular Nations,
  • South Carolina Progressive Network
  • Stiefel Freethought Foundation
  • Unitarian Universalist Infidels
  • United Coalition of Reason
  • Washington Area Secular Humanists (WASH)

The following organization extend their support by endorsing the mission of the Secular Coalition for America:

secular coalition for america allies
Secular Coalition for AmericaAllies
  • The Secular Coalition for America is building the coalition by adding Allied Organizations who may not be able to support the entire mission of the SCA, but share our position on particular issues.
sca coalitions
SCA Coalitions
  • CARD - Coalition Against Religious Discrimination
  • NCPE - National Coalition for Public Education
  • SIECUS - Sexual Inform and Education Council of the United States
  • National Advisory Board
  • IFPC - International Family Planning Coalition
  • LCCR - Leadership Council on Civil and Human Rights
  • Coalition for Liberty and Justice
subject areas of our key issues
Subject Areas of our Key Issues
  • Heath & Safety
  • Education
  • Military
  • Tax Policy
  • Discrimination
  • Government Actions
  • International
health safety issues
Health & Safety Issues
  • Medical Professionals Denying Care Based on Personal Beliefs
  • Religious Employers Denying Healthcare Coverage Based on Personal Beliefs
  • Religiously Based Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Religiously Based Substance Abuse Treatment
  • Religiously Based Healthcare Policy
  • Public Funding of Religious Schools
  • Schools Discriminate Against Nontheistic Students
  • Religious Influence on Public School Curriculum
  • Religious Coercion of Public School Students
  • Military Chaplains Do Not Equally Represent or Support All Service Members
  • Military Promotion of Religion
  • Military Discrimination Against Nontheists
tax policy
Tax Policy
  • Tax Free Housing for Clergy
  • Faith-Based Nonprofits Exempt from Nonprofit Requirements

Source: How Secular Humanists (and Everyone Else) Subsidize Religion in the United States; Ryan Cragun, Stephanie Yeager, and Desmond Vega; Free Inquiry Magazine, May 2012

  • Religiously Motivated Employment Discrimination
  • Housing Discrimination by Religious Landlords
government actions
Government Actions
  • National Ceremonies and Symbols Endorsing Religion
  • Government Officials Endorsing Religion
  • Religious Definition of Civil Marriage
  • Taxpayer Money Furthering Religious Beliefs
  • Religiously Based Policy
  • Religiously Based International Policy
  • U.S. Aid to Countries That Limit Religious Freedom
aggressive implementation of our strategic plan legislative activity
Aggressive Implementation of our Strategic Plan - Legislative Activity
  • National Secular Movement Weekly Update Call
    • Every Thursday at Noon
    • 559-726-1300 Code: 199568
  • Legislative and Regulatory Call
    • Every other Tuesday
    • Will track and discuss all problematic proposed legislation and regulatory issues
    • Featuring a government policy decisions maker
  • Hill Briefings
  • Federal Legislative and Regulatory Tracking
  • State Legislative and Regulatory Tracking
  • Liaisons in Both Republican and Democratic Campaigns
    • Presidential, gubernatorial and congressional
  • Attending Republican and Democratic Conventions

State Legislature Control By Party

Source: National Council of State Legislatures, Feb. 2011

state legislatures and governors
State Legislatures and Governors

Source: National Council of State Legislatures, Feb. 2011

current electoral vote prediction
Current Electoral Vote Prediction

Source: Washington Post - May 17, 2012

senate race breakdown
Senate Race Breakdown

Source: Cook Political Report, May 2012

democratic senate toss ups
Democratic Senate Toss-Ups
  • Open Seats:
    • HI (Akaka)
    • NM (Bingaman)
    • ND (Conrad)
    • VA (Webb)
    • WI (Kohl)
  • Incumbents:
    • MO (McCaskill)
    • MT (Tester)

Source: Cook Political Report, May 2012

republican senate toss ups
Republican Senate Toss-Ups
  • Open Seat:
    • ME (Snowe)
  • Incumbents:
    • MA (Brown)
    • NV (Heller)

Source: Cook Political Report, May 2012

overall u s house breakdown
Overall U.S. House Breakdown
  • All 435 seats are up for re-election.
  • Democrats currently have 23 seats listed as Lean or Toss Up.
  • Republicans currently have 32 seats listed as Lean or Toss Up.
  • Republicans control the House by a 49 seat majority.
  • Democrats would need to have a net gain 25 seats to reclaim the majority.
aggressive implementation of our strategic plan research and outreach
Aggressive Implementation of our Strategic Plan - Research and Outreach
  • National Policy Conference and Lobby Day
    • Conference presents speakers who are major decision makers
    • Lobby Day educates a large number of secularists in lobbying techniques and sends them to the hill for meetings with congressional offices
  • National Secular Calendar
  • Presidential and Congressional Scorecards
  • Pulling together policy and research resources
  • Tracking of Major Court Cases
  • Guidebook on principles of secularism for elected officials
  • Educating about our issues through educational videos and webinars on our website
  • State Chapters
state chapters
State Chapters
  • Some of the most egregious violations of church state separation are being promoted and passed at the state level, and we absolutely must act to stop it!
  • A Secular Coalition for America state chapter is unlike any other nontheistic state organization—it brings together interested organizations and individuals for the exclusive purpose of lobbying government officials.
state chapters calls
State Chapters Calls
  • We are holding initial organizing conference calls to initiate the development
  • The initial organizing call for New York will be in mid-July
  • On the call we will be discussing
    • the mission, purpose, and goals of the SCA chapters
    • the resources SCA can provide to SCA Chapters
    • the secular lobbying needs of New York, and
    • the organizational structure of the chapters, including leadership positions.
  • The exact date, time, and further details about how you can participate will be posted on our website and emailed out through state organizations
state chapters1
State Chapters

Phase Four: Starting the second week of August

Phase Five: Starting the fourth week of August

Current affiliates

Phase One: Starting the first week of June

Phase Two: Starting the last week of June

Phase Three: Starting the third week of July

scary state laws
Scary State Laws
  • 6 states have laws that allow pharmacists to refuse to fill an emergency prescription for contraceptives.
  • 21 states offer exemptions from contraceptive coverage for employers with varying degrees of religious affiliation
  • 44 states have laws that require public school classes to recite a Pledge of Allegiance stating we are a nation “under God”
  • Only 18 states require sex education curricula to be medically accurate
recently passed scary state laws
Recently Passed Scary State Laws
  • Kansas - “Health Care Rights of Conscience Act” signed into law in April allows pharmacists to refuse to dispense drugs they believe might cause an abortion
  • Virginia - SB 131, which was signed into law by the Governor on April 9, 2012, establishes a tax credit for corporations that make donations for scholarships to religious schools.
  • Tennessee - SB 893/HB 368 states, under the pretext of fostering critical thinking, that teachers must be allowed to discuss “weaknesses” in scientific theories such as evolution
scary state examples
Scary State Examples
  • Florida’s Amendment 8- To remove from the Florida Constitution the language that prohibits government funding of religion.
  • Missouri HB 2051- “prohibits the discussion of sexual orientation in public school instruction, material, or extracurricular activity except in scientific instruction on human reproduction.”
    • Similar bills in Tennessee and Utah
  • Michigan HB 5560- increases fines for the criminal disruption of the private property or entrance to private property being used for religious service
informational resources
Informational Resources
  • National Secular Movement Update Call
    • Every Thursday at Noon
    • 559-726-1300 Code: 199568
  • National Secular Calendar
  • Blog
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Action Alerts
  • Website


speaker information
Speaker Information

Edwina Rogers

Executive Director

Secular Coalition for America

1012 14th St., NW, Suite 205

Washington, DC 20005

Office (202) 299 1091 ext. 207

Mobile (202) 674 7800