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Official Press Release from Secular Coalition for Arizona.

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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ANNOUNCING: NEW Secular AZ Membership Program!

Secular Coalition for Arizona lifetime membership now available!Sign of Growing Support for Secular Government in Arizona

Phoenix – August 22, 2015 – The Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ) has launched a formal membership program that will allow individuals, couples and families throughout Arizona to take a stand for secular government.   By becoming a member, supporters can join the rapidly growing organization that fights for secular public policy in Arizona, and will enjoy specific, members-only benefits.

“Our supporter base continues to grow, and this program is in direct response to supporters who wish to become official members of our lobbying and grassroots advocacy organization”, said Zenaido Quintana, chairman and acting executive director of Secular AZ. “They understand the threat posed by the Center of Arizona Policy and other religiously-driven organizations to promote bills which lessen equality for all citizens in our state.”

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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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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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High court: Employers can force religious beliefs on employees

PHOENIX – The Secular Coalition for Arizona, the voice of non-theists at the Arizona State Legislature, has strongly condemned the United States Supreme Court’s regressive decision today in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.
 
The court’s 5-4 decision gives overzealous employers the green light to cite their personal religious beliefs when denying female employees reproductive health coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
 
“Today’s decision marks a tragic move back to the politics of the pre-Civil Rights era,” said Tory Anderson, public policy advocate for the Secular Coalition for Arizona.  “The rights women have fought for and earned have been dealt a devastating blow.
 
“The inalienable right for a woman to keep her private healthcare decisions between herself and he doctor was at stake, and the Supreme Court ruled against upholding that right.”
 
Large employers are required to provide employees basic preventive care, approved by the Food and Drug Administration, under conditions of the ACA.  The law already exempted religious, non-profit organizations from having to provide contraceptive services.
 
“There are myriad Supreme Court precedents that have made it clear that for-profit companies are not religious organizations,” said Zenaido Quintana, director of the Secular Coalition for Arizona.  “That’s why they are not afforded the same protections as a church or religious nonprofits.”
 
Hobby Lobby argued their position based on a 1993 law that states governments “shall not substantially burden a person’s exercise of religion even if the burden results from a rule of general applicability.”
 
But Quintana pointed out that accepting such an argument is nonsensical.
 

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Secularists Laud Win for AZ Women

Secularists Laud Win for Women’s Healthcare
Phoenix, AZ -  The following statement was issued today by Zenaido Quintana, Chair of the Secular Coalition for Arizona, in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear arguments in Isaacson v. Horne.

“We applaud and appreciate the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision not to hear arguments in Isaacson v. Horne, thus letting the decision by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals stand.  

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SC Arizona Calls on Governor Brewer to Boycott Values Voter Summit

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Secular Coalition for Arizona to be joined by New State Chapters Nationwide

Phoenix, AZ (May 30, 2012)—The Secular Coalition for America (SCA) this month announced the implementation schedule for 50 state chapters planned to launch nationwide this year. 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Atheist Organization Calls on IRS to Investigate Tax Status of Center for Arizona Policy

(May 21, 2012) Phoenix, Ariz.—Secular Coalition for Arizona (SC Arizona) filed a complaint with the Internal Revenue Service this week asking for an investigation into Center for Arizona Policy’s 501(c)3 public charity tax-exempt status. SC Arizona has been looking into Center for Arizona Policy’s tax status as part of the secularist organization’s commitment to ensure that religious organizations do not receive special privilege under the law, including tax law.

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