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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.

A Ghost Story Even I Can Believe

Many stories describe supernatural events that turn skeptics into believers. This is not one of those stories. I have not had a “road to Damascus” experience, though my worldview did change a little after hearing about ghosts from Will More…

a recent OnFaith piece by an anonymous pastor at a mainstream evangelical church asked, “Who’s Afraid of a (Partly) Fictional Bible?” I understand why the pastor might have wanted anonymity. See, for instance, Caught in the …

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASESeptember 8, 2014
Washington, DC – The Secular Coalition for America and supporters will march from the Supreme Court to the Capitol tomorrow to draw attention to outrage over the Supreme Court’s decision in the case Bu…

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Each of the books below changed my worldview and my way of thinking to varying degrees. They are listed in the order I read them — and all but the last I read before the age of 20, when most of us are probably more open to learning about and cons…

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The 1969 protest song “War” asks “What is it good for?” and answers “Absolutely nothing!” If I substituted “Prayer” for “War,” I would qualify my answer with “Almost nothing.”
Prayer can be good for its placebo effect when believers feel they are doing…

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I can empathize with religious groups whose mission is to convert everyone in the world, since I think the world would be better if everyone “saw the light” of secular humanism. But whether religious or secular, I believe the best form of p…

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The phrase “More Catholic than the Pope” usually refers to someone who is more religiously strict than the Catholic Church requires. Gordon Klingenschmitt, Republican nominee for Colorado House of Representatives District 15, is not Catholi…

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We’ve had a busy summer so far, but it’s not time to cool off yet! 

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It’s a hot, hazy and humid summer in D.C., but the Se…

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This piece reprinted with permission from the July/August 2014 Freethought Society newsletter. www.ftsociety.org.  The Freethought Society is a member organization of the Secular Coalition for America.
 
Margaret Downey:
The first time I…

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Unsurprisingly, Christianity is the largest religion in all 50 states. Surprisingly, Bahá’í is the second largest religion in my home state of South Carolina. This news inspired two local papers, the Charleston Post a…

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