You've heard us ask you to sign into the "Request to Speak" system in support or opposition to bills we are following at the Arizona State Legislature. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use this system from the comfort of your own home. A few reminders about the limitations of the system:
1. You may only comment on bills that are currently assigned to a committee agenda; once the bill is heard in the committee you may not add a comment
In a January 10, 2017 press release, the Corporation Commission announced that it will start a new practice: starting meetings with a prayer. Contrary to the statements of Chairman Tom Forese, prayer in any form does not encompass all faiths and beliefs. In fact, prayer before government meetings is a divisive act that only serves to set people apart.
The Secular Coalition for Arizona is dismayed about the results of Tuesday night's election. We're especially concerned about preserving secular public education, equal rights for all, safe and affordable access to women's reproductive health services, and religious freedom for all.
While these are concerns nationally, we are especially concerned regarding the new leadership at the Arizona State Senate and Arizona House of Representatives.
The Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ) was founded to advocate for separation of church and state as guaranteed by the US and Arizona Constitutions. We take our role as defenders of freedom, equality, inclusion and knowledge in the state of Arizona very seriously.
Arizona early voting ballots arrive in mailboxes across the state over the next few days. In-person voting is less than 4 weeks away, on November 8. Many of you have asked us if we know anything about your legislative candidate's stance on secular government. If your candidate is a returning lawmaker, you can find his or her "Secular Score" on our "Secular Scorecard" from 2015 and 2016.
Americans United for the Separation of Church and State (AU) has filed a lawsuit against Heritage Academy, a charter school in the Phoenix area with campuses in Queen Creek, Laveen and Mesa. According to the suit, the lawsuit is a result of the school's "violation of the First Amendment by providing religious education to its students." The suit specifically names school founder and principal Earl Taylor Jr. Mr. Taylor is accused of teaching religious and religiously based principles in the mandatory American Government class, which he instructs.
Read more or click here to see the original post written by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) about their latest national survey that highlights an important and growing group: The religiously unaffiliated. This is why secular activism and political involvement is so important at all levels of government: local, state, and national.