September 14- The Secular Coalition for America has submitted written testimony for a September 16th hearing on the reauthorization of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. The Secular Coalition thinks it is unconstitutional for federal tax dollars to be funnelled to D.C. schools like the Ambassador Baptist Church Christian School, Calvary Christian Academy First Rock Baptist Christian Church School, Muhammad University of Islam, Clara Muhammad School and Dupont Park Seventh-day Adventist School. Read more »
Aug. 3 update: McHugh hearing provides one positive response on prohibiting proselytizing, but written responses indicate that additional education is necessary. Read more »
Today the Secular Coalition for America sent a letter to the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee voicing their concerns about President Obama's nomination of Representative John McHugh to serve as Army Secretary. The letter urges Senators on the committee to question McHugh during confirmation hearings on his unwillingness to address the coercive religious climate in the military. The full text of the letter is as follows: Read more »
The Secular Coalition for America has voiced concerns about President Obama's nomination of Representative John McHugh's to serve as Army Secretary. Despite countless media reports on the serious and pervasive problem of proselytizing and religious discrimination in the military, McHugh has shown no indication that he is willing to address the issue. Sarah Posner of the American Prospect reported on our concerns:
1. Army Secretary Nominee Has Questionable Record on Church-State Separation.
Rep. John McHugh, a Republican from New York who is President Barack Obama's nominee to be secretary of the Army, is drawing scrutiny from church-state separation advocates the Secular Coalition for America and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation because of his congressional voting record on church-state separation issues. Read more »
The nontheistic movement expanded its unified front this week as American Atheists joined the Secular Coalition for America. Their application to become a member was unanimously approved on Sunday June 14th. Along with the recent addition of Camp Quest in January 2009, this brings the number of groups in the Secular Coalition to ten.
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For Immediate Release: June 4, 2009 Contact: Jesse Galef, (202) 299-1091
(Washington, D.C., June 4, 2009) The Secular Coalition for America, the nation's leading nontheistic advocacy group, proudly announced the selection of Sean Faircloth as its new executive director today. Faircloth has been a vocal champion for the separation of church and state throughout his decade of service as an elected official in the Maine Legislature. Read more »
May 21st- Today, the Secular Coalition for America submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the development of guidelines that would establish a framework for the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Far too long decisions as to what types of research should receive federal funding have been captives of a religiously tinged political process rather than the subject of a well established process of scientific peer review. On March 9th, President Obama issued an Executive Order instructing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop these guidelines and on April 24th, their draft guidelines were available for public comment. To read the Secular Coalition’s comments, click here. Read more »