The Secular Coalition for America’s Year-End Report December 2, 2008

The Secular Coalition for America’s Year-End Report

The Secular Coalition for America has put out its annual year-end report.

It’s a useful overview in case anyone asks what sorts of issues non-religious care to lobby about — notice that all of them are not specific to atheists. They ought to be supported by anyone who believes in a separation of church and state; in fact, the SCA works closely with religious groups on behalf of these issues and others like them.

Here is a partial list of the pertinent legislation the SCA lobbied for and against:

American Religious History Week (H. R. 888)

Despite having over eighty co-sponsors, this resolution was stopped from moving forward thanks to a strong lobbying effort by the Secular Coalition for America. While we normally don’t take a position on resolutions, this bill promoted a false and distorted “Christian nation” reinterpretation of American history…

D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program

The Secular Coalition for America, along with more than 60 other organizations comprising the National Coalition for Public Education, worked to stop legislative efforts to continue the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. This is a federal voucher program that allows D.C. public school students to use taxpayer funds to attend private religious schools…

Ten Commandments Resolution (S. Res. 483)

The Secular Coalition successfully defeated efforts by Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS) and other members of the Religious Right to pass a resolution stating that the Ten Commandments are “an elemental source for American law”…

Workplace Religious Freedom Act (H.R. 1431)

The Workplace Religious Freedom Act would have encouraged employees to ignore employer policies that prohibit religious proselytizing in the workplace, religious condemnation of co-workers, and inserting religion into secular workplace practices and activities. The courts have consistently ruled in favor of employers’ rights to prohibit religious harassment in the workplace, but this bill would have put these precedents into question. The Secular Coalition worked with other groups to ensure that this legislation never moved out of the House Committee where it was assigned.

Check out the full stories on all of the SCA’s important issues in the report.


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  • Horay for the SCA! I’m a monthly contributor, and you should be too! Lori and the organization do a great job for us!

    Josh Nankivel
    http://non-theist.com