Religion in the Military

Atheists and others with no religious affiliation make up 21% of the U.S. Armed Forces, and yet they suffer harassment, discrimination and proselytizing in a military increasingly dominated by a powerful minority of evangelical Christians. The Secular Coalition for America calls for nontheistic service personnel to be extended the same institutional protections and support that traditional faith groups enjoy.

Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers briefing to White House Officials

Jason Torpy, President of MAAFTestimony to the Obama Administration, February 26, 2010

Presented by Jason Torpy, President of the Military Association of Atheists & Freethinkers
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Secular Coalition for America to Meet with White House Officials on National Policy

Marking the first time in history a presidential administration has met for a policy briefing with the American nontheist community, on February 26 the Secular Coalition for America will engage with White House officials on issues of great concern to the secular movement.   Read more »
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Secular Coalition Demands DOD End Contract with Trijicon

January 20th-- In light of a recent ABC News report that U.S. weapons contactor Trijicon has been engraving citations from the New Testament on equipment used by the U.S troops and U.S. led Iraqi forces, the Secular Coalition for America demands that the military end its $66 million a year contract with Trijicon.
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Secular Coalition Voices Concerns about McHugh Nomination


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John McHugh

Aug. 3 update: McHugh hearing provides one positive response on prohibiting proselytizing, but written responses indicate that additional education is necessary. Read more »

Today the Secular Coalition for America sent a letter to the members of the Senate Armed Services Committee voicing their concerns about President Obama's nomination of Representative John McHugh to serve as Army Secretary. The letter urges Senators on the committee to question McHugh during confirmation hearings on his  unwillingness to address the coercive religious climate in the military. The full text of the letter is as follows:  Read more »

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American Prospect Highlights Concerns about John McHugh

John_McHughThe Secular Coalition for America has voiced concerns about President Obama's nomination of Representative John McHugh's to serve as Army Secretary.  Despite countless media reports on the serious and pervasive problem of proselytizing and religious discrimination in the military, McHugh has shown no indication that he is willing to address the issue.  Sarah Posner of the American Prospect reported on our concerns:

1. Army Secretary Nominee Has Questionable Record on Church-State Separation.

Rep. John McHugh, a Republican from New York who is President Barack Obama's nominee to be secretary of the Army, is drawing scrutiny from church-state separation advocates the Secular Coalition for America and the Military Religious Freedom Foundation because of his congressional voting record on church-state separation issues.   Read more »

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