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Obama Takes On "Christian Nation" Fiction, Secular Coalition Cheers

Constitutional-Scholar-in-Chief Highlights American Secular Values

For Immediate Release: April 8, 2009
Contact: Anne Singer, 202-271-4679

Washington, DC – The Secular Coalition for America heartily endorses the words spoken by President Barack Obama during a press conference in Turkey this week: "One of the great strengths of the United States is ... we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation; we consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values."  Read more »

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Creationism and the Godless Boogeyman

Darwin and TexasThe creationists on the Texas State Board of Education were only partially successful in their efforts to impose "teaching the controversy" of evolution on the state's science standards (see The New York Times, Split Outcome in Texas Battle on Teaching of Evolution [may require registration]). They were, however, highly successful in demonstrating their religious bigotry.

One Board member, Ken Mercer, said he was praying for fellow members whose acceptance of evolution he blames on the influence of "atheists and secular humanists," as if such people are the bad seeds, a dark movement set on corrupting all things American. But the fact is, "atheist" and "humanist" are, like "Christian" or "Jew," the chosen identities of millions of Americans: soldiers, teachers, engineers, doctors, parents, politicians, and - yes - Texans.   Read more »

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Secular Coalition Says No Middle Ground on Patients Rights -- Rescind the "Conscience Clause" Rule

The Obama Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed to rescind the Bush-era "conscience clause" rule that encourages healthcare workers to put their religious needs before the medical needs of patients and also encourages religiously motivated recipients of federal funds to compromise federal programs. However, when HHS proposed to rescind the rule, it also asked for comment "on whether the objectives of the ... rule might also be accomplished through non-regulatory means."

The Secular Coalition for America opposed the adoption of the original rule. Now in a comment letter on the rescission proposal the Secular Coalition has told HHS -- completely rescind the rule. There is no middle ground.   Read more »

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Senate Kills Extension of Funding for Religious Schools

An amendment by Sen. John Ensign (R-NV) to extend the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program for another year failed by a vote of 39-58. The Secular Coalition for America worked tirelessly with our issue allies to defeat this amendment.  Read more »

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Nevada Senator Pushes Failed Vouchers Scheme on D.C. Students

Churches and Religious Schools Stand to Benefit

For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009
Contact: Anne Singer, 202-271-4679

Washington, DC - Senator John Ensign (R-NV) is once again trying to turn the District of Columbia into a laboratory for a constitutionally questionable school vouchers program already proven not to work. Attaching his amendment to the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill today marks the Senator's second attempt to extend the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) for another year.   Read more »

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Nevada Senator Pushes Failed Vouchers Scheme on D.C. Students; Churches and Religious Schools Stand to Benefit

For Immediate Release: March 10, 2009
Contact: Anne Singer, 202-271-4679

Washington, DC - Senator John Ensign (R-NV) is once again trying to turn the District of Columbia into a laboratory for a constitutionally questionable school vouchers program already proven not to work. Attaching his amendment to the 2009 Omnibus Appropriations bill today marks the Senator's second attempt to extend the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program (OSP) for another year.   Read more »

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