MEDIA ALERT: Nontheists to Converge on Capitol Hill

Washington, DC – Tomorrow, nonreligious Americans from across the country will march on Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress as part of the Secular Coalition for America’s 2017 Lobby Day.

Attendees will urge their representatives to support the reintroduction of the Do No Harm Act and commit to protecting the Johnson Amendment. The Do No Harm Act would amend the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to ensure it cannot be used to create religious exemptions from key laws designed to protect people, including federal laws prohibiting nondiscrimination, requiring equal pay, and protecting children’s welfare. The Johnson Amendment prohibits tax-exempt organizations, including houses of worship, from using their resources to engage in partisan political activity.

Participants will meet at the Washington Court Hotel from 9am-12pm to receive lobby training and hear remarks from speakers, including Congressman Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), and Congresswoman Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). At noon, attendees will march together from the Washington Court Hotel to Capitol Hill for their lobby meetings. A detailed agenda of the day’s events can be viewed here.

This event is open to the public and members of the press.

Contact: Casey Brescia, [email protected], (845)-380-6201
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The Secular Coalition for America is the nation’s premier advocacy organization representing atheists, humanists, agnostics, and other nontheists. Its mission is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. The Secular Coalition represents 18 voting member organizations.