MEDIA ALERT: Secular Coalition to Hold First Capitol Hill Briefing Monday

WASHINGTON, DC-- The Secular Coalition for America will hold its first Capitol Hill briefing Monday, October 1 at 10:30 am. The briefing titled, “The State of Secular America,” aims to educate lawmakers and their staffs on one of the fastest growing constituent groups in America--those who do not identify with any religion.

Date: Monday October 1, 2012
Time: 10:30 am
Location: Cannon House Office Building, Room 121

Panel speakers to include Professor Ira “Chip” Lupu, F. Elwood and Eleanor Davis Professor Emeritus of Law, George Washington University; David Niose, President, American Humanist Association, Author of "Nonbeliever Nation"; Greg Epstein, Humanist Chaplain, Harvard University, Author of "Good Without God."

In 2012 the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life  released composite data that found 19 percent of Americans select “none” for their religious affiliation, a number that is quickly rising and includes many nontheists --atheists, agnostics, humanists and others without an absolute belief in God. The percentage of “nones” has risen from 16 percent in 2010 and 11 percent in 1990.

Lost in much of the discussion about religion in the public sphere is the ever growing population of Americans who feel that religion should be a private matter. In an increasingly religious political landscape the entanglement between religion and the government inevitably causes problems for the now nearly one in five Americans that chooses not to affiliate with any religion.

The briefing will address several questions: Who are the “nones”? What do they bring to our national conversation? How can the government best protect their liberties?

View PDF of event flier at http://secular.org/files/briefing-20121001.pdf

Light refreshments will be provided.


CONTACT: Lauren Anderson Youngblood, SCA Communications Manager at lauren@secular.org or (202)299-1091 ext. 205, cell: (202)630-9725

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