The Secular Coalition for North Carolina

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The Secular Coalition for North Carolina (www.SecularNC.org), headquartered in North Carolina, is a chapter of the Secular Coalition for America (www.Secular.org), a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization headquartered in Washington DC whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States.
 
Since the opening of the legislative session, NC State legislators have put forth a number of bills and resolutions designed to showcase and promote specifically Christian religious beliefs, including permanent state license plates for church buses, Bible courses in public schools, establishment of Christianity as the official state religion, and a “Week of Prayer” bill (HJR 599), among others.  In response to all this, the Secular Coalition for North Carolina has issued a counter measure, loosely patterned after HJR 599.  The text of the resolution is below....
 

 
Whereas, the United States of America was founded on Enlightenment Principles of Reason; and
 
Whereas, the Constitution of the United States is the supreme law of the United States of America; and
 
Whereas, the Constitution of the United States bases its authority on the people alone, as stated in the preamble: “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
 
Whereas, this founding document of the United States was unique in the world in that it did not establish religion, which was subsequently reinforced by the First Amendment; and
 
Whereas, the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment makes the First Amendment applicable to the states; and
 
Whereas, North Carolina is one of the 50 states in the United States of America; and
 
Whereas, North Carolina legislators seem intent on undermining the authority of the U.S. Constitution by continuing to propose bills and resolutions to promote and establish their religion, and by continuing to sanction sectarian prayers at government functions in defiance of the law; and
 
Whereas, our State has great challenges before us; we are in desperate need of Reason and Reasoned Action; Now, therefore,
 
Be it resolved by the Secular Coalition for North Carolina, on behalf of all secular citizens:
 
SECTION 1. The Secular Coalition for North Carolina honors the memory of our Founding Fathers who gave us a secular government, attempting to separate church from state to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has for centuries soaked the soil of much of the earth in blood.
 
SECTION 2. The Secular Coalition for North Carolina proclaims a North Carolina Week of Reason in conjunction with the National Day of Reason on May 2 this year, and encourages our citizens to turn to Reason and Reasoned Action on behalf of our State.
 
SECTION 3. The Secular Coalition for North Carolina asks the legislators of North Carolina to obey the law in place of flouting it or working to undermine it, to cease behaving as representatives of a religious sect, and to instead be representatives of all their constituents.
 
SECTION 4. This resolution is effective immediately.
 


Despite the fact that there are tens of millions of nontheistic Americans, we remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country. The Secular Coalition for North Carolina is working to make sure that we are heard in the State Capitol. We fight in Raleigh against religious privileging on the state level, just as other chapters of the SCA fight in other states’ capitols, and the SCA fights at the federal level on Capitol Hill. We need your help to see real change in Raleigh and across North Carolina.

Recent SCNC actions: 
On April 5, the Secular Coalition for North Carolina published an Opinion Piece about the NC State legislator's recent actions here: Opinion: NC "State Religion" bill part of a larger trend


On March 6, the Secular Coalition for North Carolina had an OpEd published in the Raleigh News & Observer about the Bible Classes bill here: North Carolina should say no to Bible-class bill

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Despite the fact that there are tens of millions of nontheistic Americans, we remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country.  The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state levelWe need your help to see real change in Raleigh and across North Carolina.

The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country. Our chapters will bring together secular Americans in each state to influence government officials, legislation, and regulations. A Secular Coalition for America state chapter is unlike any other nontheistic state organization—it brings together interested organizations and individuals for the exclusive purpose of lobbying government officials.


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