Religious Discrimination

Religious Preference in the House: Rep. Salman and Secular AZ in "The Nation"

Secular Coalition for Arizona was featured in The Nation magazine this week. The article — entitled An Arizona Legislator Gave an Invocation that Didn't Mention God. You Won't Believe What Happened Next — detailed the controversy that erupted after Representative Athena Salman offered an invocation that didn't mention a "higher power" on the House floor this week.

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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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Hijacked Arizona State Legislature Bends to Religionists

Narrow Religious Ideology Wins Big...
Everyone Else Loses

April 17, 2012 -- Last week was a disappointing one in Arizona politics, with secularism taking a major hit and real Arizonans facing damaging new laws as a result. As the legislative season comes to a close, we anticipate a continuous onslaught of anti-secular bills coming up for last-minute votes or for the Governor's signature. Secular Coalition for Arizona will be working hard to make sure you get up-to-date information and opportunities to voice your concerns to your legislators about specific bills. We appreciate how hard you have all been working to respond to the Religious Right's eleventh-hour sneak-attacks on our rights; please continue to help us get our secular message to elected officials through these last critical days.

The State of Secularism in Arizona

Bills Still Requiring Action

SB1359 - The Wrongful Birth bill allowing doctors to lie to pregnant patients was transmitted to the Governor on April 12; we must continue to pressure her for a veto: 602-542-4331

HB2563 - This Bible Curriculum bill was transmitted to the Governor on April 12; we must continue to pressure her for a veto: 602-542-4331

SB1365 - Free Exercise of Religion, a refusal and discrimination clause, has passed both houses, but in different versions. The two versions must be reconciled and before a final vote.

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Executive Director Seráh Blain Speaks Out Against Privileging the Christian Bible in Public Schools

Executive Director Seráh Blain Defends Nonbelievers' Right to Affirm Rather than Swear Arizona State Guard Oath

Secular Coalition for Arizona submits comments to Arizona Supreme Court regarding state bar ethical rule change

Recently, the State Bar of Arizona petitioned the Arizona Supreme Court, which oversees the Bar, to reopen for public comment a proposed rule change to the Ethical Rules of the Bar. The proposed change would include “gender identity” as a protected class within the Bar rules and regulations. Attorneys are required to abide by Bar rules in their professional conduct, so this change would ensure that attorneys not be permitted to discriminate against transgender people.  In no way does this change require an attorney to represent a transgender individual if they choose not to.

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