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is a 501(c)4 advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. Our member organizations are established 501(c)3 nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. Their purpose in founding the coalition was to formalize a cooperative structure for visible, unified activism to improve the civic situation of citizens with a naturalistic worldview. Learn more about us at secular.org.

State of the States: July 31

State of the States – Your weekly digest on the secular movement in the states.
Secular Coalition for Oregon (SCOR)
SB 895: This vaccine bill was signed into law on July 27. It declares an emergency for the “immediate preservation of the p…

A look at the week ahead:
It’s a rush to August recess this week, as both chambers work to finish any outstanding legislative business before the break. Last week, the House passed a five month highway reauthorization bill, which would extend fu…

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by Stephanie Sotir
This Parents’ Day, children all across America will be celebrating by showing appreciation for their parents. Although the holiday’s purpose is to honor the important role that parents play in a child’s life, not every child …

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State of the States – Your weekly digest on the secular movement in the states.
Legislative Update
Secular Coalition for Delaware (SCDL):
HB 91: Governor Markell signed this bill into law on July 15. This bill tightens the rules surrounding vacc…

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Presented this week by the Freedom from Religion Foundation.
Football prayer lawsuit settled
The American Humanist Association’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center on July 20 settled its lawsuit against Hall County School District in Gainesville, G…

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South Carolina finally did the right thing by removing the Confederate battle flag from capitol grounds. The state had been bitterly divided about whether the flag represents heritage or hate, while I believe it represents heritage and hate. The…

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A look at the week ahead:
Both chambers come back into session on Tuesday this week. In the House, with the August recess only a few weeks away, work continues on a bill that would extend highway and other surface transportation funding past the end o…

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State of the States – Your weekly digest on the secular movement in the states.
State Bills on our Radar:
Secular Coalition for Ohio (SCOH):
HB 286, Ohio Pastor Protection Act: This bill was introduced by the House on July 13. It states that an …

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Presented by David Niose from the American Humanist Association.
Engineer Fired for Anti-Gay Comment Files Religious Discrimination Suit
A Ford Motor Co. engineer who was fired for making an anti-gay comment on the company’s intranet has filed a suit,…

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Presented by Kelley Freeman from the Secular Student Alliance.
This past weekend, July 10-12, was the Secular Student Alliance 2015 Annual Conference, and here at headquarters we can only say one thing — WOW!
As we have talked about previously, …

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