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SCA Condemns “Essential” Declaration for Places of Worship

President Trump this afternoon declared places of worship essential during the coronavirus pandemic, following his pressuring of governors to do the same as they work to reopen their respective states. His guidance will effectively release places of worship from stay at home orders currently in place to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Secular Coalition …

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Trump promotes Christian nationalism as Americans watch for COVID-19 updates

President Trump yesterday invited Mike Lindell—a major Republican donor and CEO of MyPillow—to his now-daily briefing on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. The President thanked Lindell, who is notably dedicating three-fourths of MyPillow’s manufacturing capabilities to produce cotton face masks for health care providers, before giving him the podium to speak. After highlighting his company’s efforts …

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SCA Condemns Trump’s Speech at ‘March for Life’

President Trump today became the first sitting President to attend and speak at the March for Life, a leading anti-abortion event focused on “working to end abortion—uniting, educating, and mobilizing pro-life people in the public square.”   In an introduction, Vice President Mike Pence described Trump as “the most pro-life president in American history.” Pence …

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SCA’s Debbie Allen Responds to Trump on Religious Freedom Day

January 16 marks National Religious Freedom Day, which commemorates the Virginia General Assembly’s 1786 adoption of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom authored and championed by Thomas Jefferson.   To commemorate the day, President Trump issued a proclamation reaffirming “our commitment to protecting the precious and fundamental right of religious freedom, both at home and abroad.”    …

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Facebook’s reporting system being used to suppress religious freedom, says bipartisan Congressional letter

Facebook faced accusations this morning of enabling censorship on their platform through a letter from Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA), co-signed by Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), Susan Wild (D-PA), and Paul Gosar (R-AZ). Huffman, a co-chair and founding member of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, called out Facebook tools and policies that extremist groups commonly exploit in …

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Nation’s Leading Secular Organization Condemns AG Bill Barr

Washington, D.C.—Background: U.S. Attorney General William Barr blamed secularism in society for a series of problems including drug overdoses, violence, and mental health challenges in a speech Friday at Notre Dame Law School. The constituency of religiously unaffiliated Americans that Barr attacked represents more than one quarter of the country, (more than 80 million people …

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On Capitol Hill, Secular Americans Fight for Faith-Free Addiction Recovery

In partnership with addiction recovery experts, nonbelievers from across the country took to Capitol Hill last Friday to highlight the growing number of Americans who want, but don’t have access to, a faith-free addiction recovery program. “Twelve-step and other faith-based recovery programs are widely accessible across the United States, but the truth is there is …

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Democratic Party embraces nonreligious voters at annual summer meeting

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) this past Saturday embraced American nonbelievers for the first time, adopting a resolution that recognizes their contributions to society and to the Democratic Party. This move by the DNC, which was unanimous absent one abstention, demonstrates that they are living up to the big-tent inclusive values they regularly espouse, though …

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Freedom From Religion Foundation hires Mark Dann as director of governmental affairs

Mark Dann will join the staff of the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) on Monday, May 20, as its first full-time director of governmental affairs. Prior to that, he worked as the director of governmental affairs for the Secular Coalition for America (SCA). He has also served as the federal affairs director at Compassion & …

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Across nation, nonreligious Americans put values into action through community service

In the week leading up to the National Day of Prayer, nonreligious Americans have dedicated thousands of hours to community service as part of the Secular Week of Action. Led by the Secular Coalition for America, their 19 member organizations and nearly 100 partners across the nation participated in service events in locations including Alaska, California, …

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