There were high hopes going into the second half of the 110th Congress that 2008 would be the year when legislators would reverse some of the Bush policies that most infringe upon the separation of church and state. Sadly, with both political parties consumed with the presidential election, Congressional legislative action was particularly lackluster during the second half of the year. Nonetheless, the Secular Coalition was still able to make progress on the issues most important to our constituency.
Director Lori Lipman Brown and Legislative Associate Sasha Bartolf went on hundreds of lobby visits, including face-to-face meetings with more than fifty Senators. We also enjoyed having many of our Action Alert recipients come to Washington to accompany us as we lobbied their representatives. We were particularly thrilled at the turnout for our 2nd Annual Lobby Day on June 9th, when we set up visits for supporters to talk about the problems of proselytizing in the military and D.C. vouchers for religious schools with their elected officials and staff. Read more »