SC Arizona Hires an Atheist Combat Vet as Spring Legislative Intern

Secular Coalition for Arizona is pleased to announce the newest addition to our team: 2013 Legislative Intern Josiah Nosek. Josiah is an Environmental Science and Research Meteorology student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott. He is an engaged community member, committed to educating the public and advocating for responsible governmental decision-making processes--particularly those concerning the environment and social justice issues. Among other projects, Josiah is an active participant in the Prescott Empty Bowls project, a grassroots movement to end hunger, and the Citizens Water Advocacy Group, a movement to protect the upper Verde River Basin and to promote responsible water management. He is also a co-founder of the Prescott Freethinkers.

Josiah's work on secularism in Arizona was first inspired by a school community service project working with Qsquared Youth, an organization supporting LGBT teenagers, and the Prescott Pride Center. During this project he become an advocate for women’s and LGBT rights, and developed an understanding of the influence religious pressure has on policy decisions for the state of Arizona.

Serving six years in the United States Navy, Josiah is an atheist combat veteran with an intimate concern for the religious discrimination occurring within the armed forces; he is devoted to fighting for nontheistic rights for veterans and the members of our military.

With future ambitions in the field of genetic medicine, he is passionate about promoting more rational bioethics and challenging the role religious dogma plays in preventing life-saving medical treatment and end-of-life care.

Josiah enjoys being involved in government affairs and is looking forward to helping Secular Coalition for Arizona protect the church-state separation outlined in the Constitution.