National Secular Movement Update Call: Election Day Yields Positive Results of Nontheists

Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 12:00 - 12:30
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November 8, 2012 

Tuesday, November 6, 2012 was a big day for the country and for secularists in general. President Obama was reelected for a second term.  In Florida, Amendment 8, which would have allowed for taxpayer funding of religion was voted down. Same-sex marriage was approved in Maryland and Maine, and possibly Washington state-- the first time same-sex marriae was approved by popular vote. An initiative to ban same-sex marriage was defeated in Minnesota. Sadly, the only open nontheist in Congress, Pete Stark of California lost his bid for reelection. However, Kyrsten Sinema, a nontheist was elected by a narrow margin in to the House in Arizona. Additionally, Tammy Baldwin  was elected to the Senate in Wisconsin, she is the first openly gate Senator and does not list a religious affiliation.  

Nones voted for Obama by a margin of 70-26. Obama won more than half of those who seldom or never attend religious services, and a full 70 percent of the religiously unaffiliated, according to CNN's exit polls.  According to the Religious Right Exit Polling the religious right represented 27 percent of the electorate on Tuesday, up from 23 percent in the last election cycle. They voted for Romney by a margin of 78-22 and accounted for 80 percent of the increase in Republican votes. The market was down Wednesday over 300 as it tried to digest the election results. 

Table of Contents:
I. White House and Congressional Update
II. Secular Events and Calendar
III. Secular Movement in the News
IV. Legislative and Regulatory Update
V. Judicial
VI. SCA State Chapters
VII. Policy and Research Documents
VIII. Secular Coalition Expansion
IX. SCA Member Organization Announcements

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I. White House and Congressional Update

II. Secular Events and Calendar
The National Secular Calendar is on the Secular Coalition Website Homepage.  The calendar includes major secular events, state chapter calls, Secular Coalition speeches, and national secular calls.  If you have an event to add, or questions, please e-mail [email protected]

Meet the Secular Coalition!

Upcoming Conferences and Events

Upcoming Meetings

  • We will be reaching out next week to finally reschedule a meeting with Senator Rubio's staff.
  • The next Legislative and Regulatory Update Call will be at 2 pm on November 20 and will feature a pollster to do a recap on the elections. 

If you are interested in attending one of these meetings, please contact [email protected].

Legislative and Regulatory Update Calls
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.  

The next legislative and regulatory call will occur on Tuesday, November 20th at 2pm (EDT) and the featured speaker will be a pollster.  (No call on Election Day).  Current donors will receive an invitation; if you are interested in participating in these calls, please donate today!

III. Secular Movement In the News

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Secular Coalition in the News

Other News

Future Events
Are there any upcoming issues or events that the movement needs to coordinate press around?

    • Carl Sagan Day (November 9th) Carl Sagan was an agnostic. He waws an stronomy professor, Pulitzer Prize winning author and creator of the Emmjy and Peabody award-winning PBS television series, COSMOS.
    • Monday November 12 is Veterans Day, please honor your veterans.
    • Mark Twain's Birthday (November 30)

IV. Legislative and Regulatory Update
Federal
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  • Tuesday’s elections brought about several interesting changes to the makeup of the House and Senate. Most notably, Rep. Pete Stark (D-CA), the first openly nontheist Member of Congress was defeated. However, Kyrsten Sinema was elected by a narrow margin in to the House in Arizona. She is openly nontheist and has worked with the Secular Coalition for Arizona in the past.
  • The Senate also has a couple of new faces that we look forward to working with. Senator-elect Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) does not list a religious affiliation (she currently serves in the House). Senator-elect Tim Kaine (D-VA), while being a devout Catholic, is a strong proponent of church-state separation.
  • The defeat of Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) and Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R-IN), candidates who used their faith to justify their positions, helps illustrate the uneasiness many voters have with policies that are not based on reason. Recent polls from Catholics for Choice and the Public Religion Research Institute also bear out this trend.
  • With the impending arrival of new Members of the House and Senate, we are exploring opportunities to put together a welcome packet for distribution at their orientation. 
  • The staff is preparing to be part of the discussions regarding fundamental tax reform. We plan to educate lawmakers on secular tax priorities and to curb religious privileging, with the next Congress.
  • A reminder to vote for secular values was sent on Monday to our full list of supporters.
V. Judicial
VI. SCA State Chapters
State Legislative and Regulatory Update
     As of Monday, same-sex marriage was legal in 6 states: New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, Vermont, and New Hampshire; and DC 3 states have neither legalized same-sex marriage nor banned it: New Jersey, New Mexico and Rhode Island. But that changed on Tuesday with four ballot measures in MD, ME, MO and WA.

Maryland Question 6

Maryland became the first state to approve same-sex marriage via popular vote as Question 6 passed on Tuesday. Same-sex couples will be able to obtain a civil marriage license in the state beginning January 1, 2013. The measure won with 52% of state voters approving.

Maine Question 1
Following on Maryland's heels, just minutes later, Maine approved Question 1, a measure to overturn a voter-approved 2009 ballot measure that banned same-sex marriage in the state.

Washington Measure 74
Washington state is all but certain to approve  a Referendum 74, which would approve same-sex marriage in the state. Votes are still being counted.

Florida Amendment 8 
Florida's Amendment 8 on the ballot on Tuesday failed. The Amendment would have eliminated the Florida Constitution's No-Aid Provision (sometimes called the Blaine Amendment), which prevents public funds from being used “directly or indirectly in aid of any church, sect, or religious denomination or in aid of any sectarian institution.”

Minnesota Amendment 1

In Minnesota voters rejected a measure that would have banned same-sex marriage.

            

Conference Calls

VII. Policy and Research Documents
Today's policy research papers are from the Center for Inquiry. We will  hear from Michael DeDora for this update, [email protected], 646.706.6080.

All position papers can be found here: http://centerforinquiry.net/opp/opp_work/category/positions/

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. (Barry Kosmin, [email protected])
Powerpoints 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]

VIII. Secular Coalition Expansion

  • Coalition expansion drive underway!  We are looking to add Endorsing and Allied organizations through additional website sign up opportunities and meetings.  Please recommend any non-movement groups we should meet with to discuss common ground. 
  • We had 34 endorsing organizations in May; we now have 95. Our newest endorsing organizations are:
    • Compass 120 Apparel, LLC
    • Concord Area Humanists
    • Mountain State Freethinkers
    • San Diego Coalition of Reason
IX. SCA Member Organization Announcements

To sign up for newsletters, call announcements, and action alerts, please visit our website.

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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