Secular Value: all citizens are equal in the eyes of the law

Secular public policy is not dictated by personal, sectarian beliefs

Religious Doctrine should not shape public policy

Secular Value: protecting people’s futures

Public Tax Dollars should be reserved for the entire public, not just private religious organizations

Secular public policies are the best guarantee of freedom for all Arizonans

Scientific information is the best basis for public health policy

If Kim Davis were an AZ County Clerk

What if Kim Davis were a County Clerk in Arizona?

By now, we all know the story of Kim Davis, the County Clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses based on her “sincerely held” religious beliefs. But are we likely to see such a spectacle play out in Arizona? Well, we almost did.

During the 2014 Arizona legislative session, State Representative, Steve Montenegro (R-13), introduced a bill referred to as “Arizona’s First Freedom Act” (officially titled “religious beliefs; solemnization of

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Meet Our Team: Jim Lippard

Secular Coalition for Arizona’s (Secular AZ) newest board of directors has been elected and seated and new staff members are in place. Over the next few weeks we’ll  introduce them to you in a series of posts. Each of these individuals has expressed a strong interest in the work of Secular AZ and have a multitude of talents they bring to the service of our organization.  All value secular public policy and celebrate secularism as the best way to promote equal rights and freedoms for all Arizonans. 
Jim Lippard, Treasurer

Jim Lippard has been elected to serve as the new treasurer of Secular AZ.  Prior to his election to the board he served for five years as the board’s liaison-at-large.  He is a Phoenix based information security professional who has worked for five Fortune 500 companies across the telecommunications, financial services, and healthcare industries.  Jim also has a long history working for nonprofit organizations dedicated to reason, skepticism and church/state separation.

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Fifth Anniversary: From our Founder

From Seed to Fruition:  The Secular Coalition for Arizona

by Matt Schoenley, Founder, Vice Chair, Secular Coalition for Arizona

Over five years ago I co-founded Secular Coalition for Arizona with two smart and passionate Arizona residents, Zenaido Quintana and Serah Blain. We all had exhibited the dual express purpose to provide a voice for Arizona's nontheistic community, as well as a desire to advocate for the separation of church and state. Our main goal was to champion secular public policy to Arizona's state government.
The need was clear as the religious right, and specifically the Center for Arizona Policy (CAP), had free reign at the Arizona Capitol, untethered by public outcry. Religion, and a particularly extreme form of Christianity at that, was being enacted into secular civil law with little pushback or public attention. Citizens, who had no interest in living by Biblical and religious dogmas, including most Christians, were unknowingly being coerced to comply with a fundamentalist ideology incongruent with the way they lived their lives.


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