The mission of the Secular Coalition for America is to increase the visibility of and respect for nontheistic viewpoints in the United States, and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. [http://secular.org]
Columbus CoR member group contacts recently voted to endorse the mission of the Secular Coalition For America (SCA). Endorsements give SCA more clout when lobbying at the federal level. The following Columbus CoR member groups have themselves endorsed the SCA Mission:
- Humanist Community of Central Ohio
- Mid-Ohio Atheists
- Omnipresent Atheists
- Central Ohio United Non-Theists (COUNT)
- Atheists of Columbus
- Divorce Beyond Belief
Friends of Columbus CoR include two organizations that are members of SCA (Secular Student Alliance, Camp Quest) and another endorser (Freethought Dayton). Other Columbus CoR member groups are considering endorsing.
Despite the fact that there are tens of millions of nontheistic Americans, we remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country. The Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level. We need your help to see real change in Columbus and across Ohio.
SCA has formed local groups in every state including Ohio. Several local members are participating in monthly conference calls. The last call was October 21 and the next will be [November 16 at 6:00 PM].
The focus of the state chapter is to follow our issues on a local and state level including lobbying elected officials. Religious people have a large political organization that lobbies the government and we can see their results on such issues as abortion and laws that continue unfair religious privilege in Ohio like the recently proposed HB 303 and 304 which attempt to allow prayer and other overt religious observances in public schools. Seculars need to have the same kind of organization and lobbying to try to influence the government for our side of those issues. We can't let the religious groups win by default.
[Doug Berger, Co-chair, Secular Coalition for Ohio]
The Secular Coalition for Ohio web site includes a Legislative Report that lists proposed legislation (see right sidebar). The Ohio group also has a Facebook page. Join in discussions there to interact with other Ohio freethought group leaders.
[Addendum 10/26/2013: Great Lakes Atheists, a Friend of Columbus CoR, has also endorsed the SCA mission.]
[Addendum 11/6/2013: The next Secular Coalition for Ohio call has been scheduled for November 16 at 6:00 PM.]