DES Director uses state email system to prosthelityze to 7,700 state workers

“Director Jeffries has long been known for his ‘quirky’ style of leadership, which includes frequent mention of his religious views in DES all-employee meetings and on video presentations,” said Zenaido Quintana, chair of Secular Coalition for Arizona. “This latest all-employee email, which was sent to us by a DES employee disturbed by its contents, is particularly egregious and could have had him fired from many companies - organizations where policies are in place to prevent work email from being used to proselytize religion.    
 

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Secular AZ Seeks Summer Intern


Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ) is pleased to offer a paid part-time internship position for summer 2016. We are seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student or recent graduate with a demonstrated interest in being active in the movement for secular government and communities.

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Full Text of Mendez Invocation 3-3-16

Today, Rep. Juan Mendez gave a secular invocation on the House Floor.  He was immediately attacked for not praying to a "higher power" by fellow lawmakers.  Please send him a thank you note by clicking here.  Read the text of his invocation here:

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Secular Coalition for Arizona speaks up for Science in Committee

Secular Coalition for Arizona was the only group speaking up in committee Wednesday against SB1474: human fetus; embryo; prohibited actions; a bill motivated by the now-discredited infamous "Planned Parenthood" videos released last summer.

Our take: Government policy on the use of fetal tissue should be based on scientific and medical research.

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Secular AZ Letter to State Re Invocations 2-9-16

Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ) is pleased at the outcome of the recent Phoenix City Council vote to replace the official invocation at the beginning of city overnment meetings with a moment of silence.  This was a true victory and fortification of the wall separating church and state.  Secular AZ has decided to take this opportunity to encourage the Arizona State Legislature to adopt a similar, or at least more inclusive invocation policy.

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Secular AZ Letter to Phoenix re Invocations 2-3-16

Below is the letter sent to Phoenix Mayor Stanton and the Phoenix City Council on February 3, 2016, regarding agenda item 43.1 to change the invocaton policy at city council meetings.  This agenda item was requested to stop a minority group from giving the invocation on February 17, 2016, and subsequently changes the policy to only allow those groups that city council members invite to provide the invocation.
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Dear Mayor Stanton,
 

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About School Vouchers

Arizona's Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs) are nothing more than school vouchers.  While the vouchers are primarily used for private education, they can be used for home-schooling with very little oversight.  These funds can be used to pay for tuition and other fees at any private school, including parochial schools.  From the Secular Coalition for America Policy Guide (2013): "Public funds should not support parochial schools, either directly or indirectly through voucher programs. Vouchers provide citizens with direct funding to apply to private school tuitions.

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HB 2189 - What does it mean?

When the Chairman of the House Education Committee (Paul Boyer) is the prime sponsor and the Chairwoman of the Senate Education Committee (Sylvia Allen) is the co-sponsor of an "education omnibus" bill, it is almost certain that the bill will be heard in both committees.  Therefore, we should take the content of the bill quite seriously.  So, when we read through the list of statutes that the education omnibus bill repeals, we were left feeling quite perplexed as to why the lawmakers would pick and choose these statutes to repeal.

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Thank you, Matt Schoenley!

It is with deep regret that we announce the resignation of our founder and first chair, Matt Schoenley, from Secular Coalition for Arizona’s board of directors. Matt’s departure stems from anticipated changes in his work as a Southwest Airlines pilot.

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Register Today: 2016 Secular Lobby Day

Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ) is excited to announce our premier event of the year, our annual Lobby Day at the Arizona Capitol.   It will be held Monday, February 8 from 9am-3pm on the Arizona Capitol Grounds.  Join us at the Secular AZ tent on the lawn for an exciting program including:
 

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