National Secular Movement Update Call
National Secular Movement Update
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November 4th was the Secular Coalition's 10 year anniversary! And we're celebrating with the announcement that we've just this week reached 100 Endorsing Organizations.
The SCA will attend two White House events this week. Chris Lombardi will attend the meeting of the President's Advisory Council for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships on Thursday, November 29 and Edwina Rogers and Chris Lombardi were invited to attend President Obama's Holiday Reception on December 11th. In other White House related news, a petition urging the White House petition "Enforce the tax code, and strip violating Religious institutions of their tax exempt 501(c) status." has received more than 25,500 signatures--enough to receive a response from the administration.
Next year Congress will be focused on tax reform, therefore, the Secular Coalition for America will be holding a summit on Wednesday, December 12 at 2pm EST concerning religious privileging in the tax code. Location: SCA Conference Room (1012 14th St NW, Suite 205), or Via phone: 530-881-1400 Code: 703905. This is an opportunity to involve secular thought leaders in the development of our approach and strategy regarding tax reform.
At the state level, a total of 12 chambers changed partisan control in the 2012 state legislative elections. Eight of those chambers were flipped to Democratic control, four are now in a Republican majority. A coalition of faith and civil liberties groups in fighting a "biblical strategy" used by a Florida prosecuting attorney who convinced a jury to vote for the death penalty by presenting explicitly religious evidence to the jurors and repeatedly citing the Book of Romans. In Virginia, Loudon County officials called atheists "terrorists" for attempting to put up their "holiday" display. Also, an Oklahoma federal district court denied a preliminary injunction in a suit by Hobby Lobby claiming that the Affordable Care Act’s contraception coverage mandate violates its free exercise rights and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
Table of Contents:
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II. Secular Events and Calendar
Meet the Secular Coalition!
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Other News, Blog Posts, Press Releases
Have something to add to the calendar? Contact [email protected]. For press inquiries, updates and other media related information, contact [email protected].
Every other week on Tuesdays at 2pm a call featuring federal policy decision makers. Speakers will include Democratic and Republican House and Senate Staff members, Department of Defense, Education, and Health and Human Services policy officials. We expect to feature at least one decision maker per call.
***There are no Legislative and Regulatory Update Calls in December. Calls will resume in January.*** Current donors will receive an invitation; if you are interested in participating in these calls, please donate today!
Contact Chris Lombardi, Government Relations Manager for the SCA, with additional suggestions or information at [email protected].
VI. SCA State Chapters
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
VII. Policy and Research Documents
Reminder: The Open Access on-line Research Library at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture, Trinity College, Hartford, CT is available to everyone in the movement. Go to www.secularisminstitute.org. This is the academic website for ISSSC. From there you can access (top right) all the reports and materials on the American Religious Identification Survey series since 1990.
Contact Barry Kosmin, Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society with any additions or suggestions for this list at [email protected].
Powerpoints, brochures, scorecards, and other resources are now available on the website. These speeches will be free and available to everyone in the movement. The Secular Coalition is looking for helpful research papers, to link to from our website and to determine where additional research needs to be done. If you are aware of any, please send information to [email protected]
The Secular Student Alliance group, Atheists, Humanists & Agnostics, at the University of Wisconsin - Madison applied to their Student Services Finance Committee for was funded to the tune of $67,000 for the 2013-2014 school year. Details can be found at http://wiscatheists.blogspot.com/2012/11/victory.html.
Want to share your organization's efforts with the SCA? Email updates, alerts, announcements or other items you'd like to share with the community to [email protected].
Please contact Noelle George at noelle@foundationbeyondbelief[email protected] or Dale McGowan at [email protected] if you would like your group's charity effort to be included.
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Contact Executive Director, Edwina Rogers, at [email protected] or by phone at 202-299-101 ext. 207 or cell: 202-674-7800.
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