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The 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up and Scorecard are Here!

The 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up and Scorecard are here!  The wrap-up is a brief summary of Secular Coalition for Arizona actions and bills of interest during the legislative session, and the scorecard is a compilation of how your Arizona legislators voted on issues important to our secular community.  

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Determined Rep. Juan Mendez gives Secular invocation today despite attempts to stop him

March 26, 2015

Today, Representative Juan Mendez gave a Secular invocation, which was written for him by a Humanist constituent, as a 'Point of Personal Privilege."  Mr. Mendez had requested today's date to give an invocation back in January, and was originally granted the request.  He was later blocked by House Leadership, and the invocation was given to someone else.

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Secular Coalition for Arizona Harshly Condemns Chapel Hill Shootings

 
PHOENIX – The Secular Coalition for Arizona harshly condemns yesterday’s horrifying murder of three University of North Carolina students, all Muslims, purportedly by self-described “anti-theist” Craig Hicks.
 
Chapel Hill police are attributing a parking dispute between Hicks and the students as Hicks’ primary motive, but the victims’ Muslim faith and the alleged shooter’s negative comments toward all religions on social media have prompted speculation that the shootings were hate-based.
 

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Secular AZ Testimony on SB 1318: Prohibiting Abortion Coverage on Health Exchange

Good afternoon, Madame Chair and members of the Committee,
For the record my name is Tory Anderson, and I am here speaking on behalf of the Secular Coalition for Arizona.   For those of you not familiar with our organization, we represent a statewide constituency base of theists and nontheists who value the separation of church and state. 

I am here today, on behalf of my constituency, in opposition to SB 1318, and to ask you to vote “NO” on this bill.

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Legislative Committee passes first non-secular bill of 2015

Today, by a vote of 4-3, the House Education Committee passed HB 2174, a bill which would expand school vouchers to grandchildren.  Please send a "THANK YOU" note to the legislators who voted AGAINST the bill. Click here to use our online "ACTION ALERT" system.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Finchem, who said it was brought to his attention by a national group that promotes "school choice".

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Your Boots on the Ground!

Opening Day 2015

The 52nd Arizona State Legislature began today, and the Secular Coalition for Arizona was there. 

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SC AZ Endorses Six Candidates in General Election

Endorsements Open to All, Regardless of Political or Religious Affiliation
 
PHOENIX (October 6, 2014) –Secular Coalition for Arizona (SC Arizona) is pleased to endorse the following candidates running for state and federal office during the upcoming Arizona General Election.

James Woods, U.S. House of Representatives, 5th District
Lela Alston, Arizona House candidate, LD24
Lanny Morrison, Arizona House candidate, LD6
Cara Prior, Arizona House candidate, LD16
Scott Prior,Arizona Senate candidate, LD16
Bruce Wheeler, Arizona House candidate, LD10

The SC Arizona Board of Directors grants endorsements. Any candidate may apply, regardless of political or religious affiliation, or their stance on issues other than support for a secular government.

“Our goal is to ensure that Arizona’s public policy making is free of religious intrusion –an aim shared by each of these candidates,”said Zenaido Quintana, Board Chairman, SC Arizona.  “We thank these individuals for publicly supporting secular government, and are pleased to endorse each as a Secular Candidate for legislative office.”

For more information on these candidates, please visit their respective campaign websites.

Endorsement Criteria and Process

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Secular Coalition Official Position on the Arizona Office of Faith and Community Partnerships

Send a message to Governor Brewer using our "Action Alert System".  Click here.

Full Text of Executive Order 2014-06 Here

Background
On August 29, 2014, Governor Jan Brewer signed Executive Order 2014-06, establishing the Office of Faith and Community Partnerships and the Arizona Council on Faith and Community Partnerships.

This new Office and Council replace the Arizona SERVES taskforce and website, established by Executive Order 2010-07 and 2010-16.  The current board of the Arizona SERVES taskforce includes:
-          Five Christian Pastors
-          Seven Leaders of Christian-based non-profit organizations (including the lobbying group “Center for Arizona Policy”, an organization which is well-known for its extremist religious agenda)
-          Three State Employees
-          Two Undefined “Public Advocates”
-          Two Leaders from secular non-profit organizations

ArizonaSERVES was tasked with five goals:

  1. Encourage foster care
  2. Facilitate free/reduced child care services
  3. Provide supervised CPS visits
  4. Promote elder independence/assist grandparents raising grandchildren
  5. Provide transportation to underserved

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2014 Legislative Session Wrap-Up

The Session Wrap-Up is your definitive 'inside guide' to SC Arizona's increasingly effective secular-minded legislative activities.  Click here to get the inside scoop.

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The 2014 Secular Scorecard is Here!

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