Secular AZ works to ensure a secular state government and to educate lawmakers and the public about the importance of secular issues. We advocate on behalf of all individuals who believe that public policy free of religious preference is the best way to ensure freedom of conscience for Arizonans of all faiths and of none.
We also represent the Arizona nontheistic community – a vibrant and growing community of Arizonans who self-identify as atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other labels of personal choosing – to elected officials and government bodies in and from Arizona. We mediate the relationship between the nontheistic community and elected officials, and work to ensure that the law is never biased to the detriment of or against the interests of Arizona's nontheists as required in the Arizona state Constitution.
History & Organization
In 2010, the Secular Coalition for Arizona was formed as a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization and the first state affiliate of the Secular Coalition for America. In 2013, we formed Secular Communities for Arizona, our 501(c)3 arm. Together, we are Secular AZ. We represent a cooperative effort to take the secular community's collective voice to Arizonans in a meaningful, professional way.
Today, Secular AZ is operated by a board of directors and executive staff, and receives policy influence and comment from diverse liaised secular groups throughout Arizona. Collectively, these organizations represent thousands of individuals.