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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.

Experiences with South Carolina Law

When South Carolina leads a national story, it’s usually because of a horrible hurricane or racial incident. There hasn’t been a major hurricane lately in my hometown of Charleston, but North Charleston recently became the focus of national and interna…

By Douglas Berger, Co-Chair, Secular Coalition for Ohio
I comment on the March 5 Dispatch article “ Religious-freedom case strikes delicate balance.” One fact that seems to be missing from coverage of Indiana’s Religiou…

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Pierre, South Dakota—After several weeks of voting, the award for “Worst State Bill” violating the separation of church and state has been given to South Dakota Senate Bill 114, a bill entitled “An act to encourage and protect the t…

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“In Indiana, Using Religion as a Cover for Bigotry,” an editorial in the March 31 New York Times, reminded me of a line by Captain Renault in the movie Casablanca as he accepted a bribe: “I’m shocked, shocked to learn that gambling is going on in here….

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With all of the current focus on Indiana’s version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) and the scrutiny that it has brought onto other states considering similar legislation, few have taken the time to step back and look at the big pi…

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Washington, DC – The Secular Coalition for America would like to thank His Holiness Pope Francis for taking the time to issue a blessing to its office and staff. Arriving on Tuesday afternoon, Francis was greeted by the Coalition’s staff an…

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Washington, DC – The Secular Coalition for America would like to thank His Holiness Pope Francis for taking the time to issue a blessing to its office and staff. Arriving on Tuesday afternoon, Francis was greeted by the Coalition’s staff an…

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My family shed “tears of joy” on May 14, 1948, when the Jewish State of Israel was established as a safe haven for Jews. I was five at the time and didn’t quite understand its significance, but I had been taught that an integral part of Judai…

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Periodically we hear Republicans skeptically ask if President Obama is a patriot who loves his country, and is he a Christian? I’m more interested in why people ask these questions, and how their answers of “No” or “I don’t know” reveal more about…

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I was horrified when I heard of the tragic murders on February 10 of three Muslim college students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. My sorrow was compounded when I learned that Deah Barakat, his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, and her sister Razan Abu-Salha were …

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