Secular Coalition Slams Divisive Rhetoric in the State of the Union Speech

Washington, DC — The Secular Coalition for America released the following statement today in response to President Trump’s State of the Union Address.

Statement by Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America

“The President of the United States either does not know or does not care that one-in-four of all Americans have no religious belief. Throughout the President’s address, he routinely erased our existence by tying belief in God to patriotism and implying that all Americans are people of faith. The President took great pains to repeatedly invoke the national motto ‘In God We Trust,’ implying that religion is a prerequisite for proper citizenship. Patriotism requires no religion and Donald Trump was elected to be President of the United States, not pastor of the United States.”

“Nontheists are not the only ones who should be outraged by the President’s State of the Union speech. In his address, the President touted his ‘historic actions to protect religious liberty’, a record that includes policies legalizing discriminationweakening reproductive rights, and, most recently, allowing health care workers to impose their beliefs on their patients.

Read the full story at the Secular Coalition for America


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