Spring has Sprung in PUSD: Freshly Unhinged Behavior

It’s the end of April in Arizona, Secular Fam, and that means schools all over the state are in the home stretch of the 2023-2024 school year. Salary schedules have been discussed and approved, contracts have gone out to educators, and teachers, staff, and administrators are about to experience the “100 days of May,” including ditch days, end-of-year pranks, and “senioritis.” As a former high school and middle school teacher, I know that these last few weeks of the school year can be grueling, so hang in there, educators! We see you, we hear you, and we’re rooting for you to make it through the month! You’ve got this!

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“A Profound Violation”: Secular AZ’s Legal Director on the Arizona 1864 Abortion Ban

The court in Planned Parenthood et al v. Hazelrigg et al released on May 9, 2024 said that A.R.S. §13-3603 (the existing ban dating from 1864 and recodified several times) and the statute passed in 2022 (A.R.S. §36-2322) are not in conflict and that the legislature intended for A.R.S. §13-3603 to remain the law if Roe v. Wade fell.  The majority reading them together (harmonizing) the law said all abortions except those necessary to save a woman’s life are illegal.

All the abortion restrictions on the books remain applicable to any abortion done to save the life of the woman. The total ban cannot be applied retrospectively.

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I Went to the Arizona State Capitol for the First Time

I am an undergraduate at ASU and an intern at Secular AZ. I had never been to the Arizona Capitol before or seen the legislature in session. Jeanne Casteen, the director at Secular AZ, wanted me to see the Senate once and had cautioned me about how bad it would be, but my hopeful expectations about our state government survived the warning.

In my mind, the people in charge of deciding the future of more than seven million people would surely be respectful, professional, and open to having their opinions changed, regardless of the intensity of any debate or the subject of any bill.

Needless to say, this hope proved naïve.

Click here to read more on Secular AZ’s Substack. 

Arizona GOP Puts the “AZ” in “Crazy”

Happy Spring, Secular Fam! It’s been a while since I’ve put together a Substack update, and it’s because my actual life needed me. I had to hang up my Secular Activist Lady™costume these past couple of weeks and double up on my big girl panties so I could better handle being pulled in a million different directions.

So today, even though there are SO MANY WILD THINGS HAPPENING IN AZ POLITICS, I’m going to take a moment to lean into the best parts of life. MY life, and the lives of the people I love.

First, I had a terrible scare regarding my dad’s health last month. It took us about two weeks to figure out what was going on with his mental and physical health, and because of all the visits to the doctor, he was hospitalized with COVID for several days. He doesn’t live here, so I was on the phone and contemplating travel plans until we got it figured out. He’s much better this month, but he’s 82, and these events will probably become more frequent.

To make matters worse, I no longer speak to my siblings, so making plans for our parents in their twilight years will be complicated. And really, nearly everywhere I go, people share similar stories. Raise your hand if you’ve lost family to MAGA political ideology.

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Action alert: grooming bill allows for baseless sex crime accusations

Under HB2310, this very page could be enough to charge us with a felony if it were sent a minor.

HB2310 seeks to classify grooming — preparing a minor for sexual abuse — as a felony. We already have laws prohibiting groomingbut this one would define the crime so ambiguously that the law could be enforced arbitrarily, discriminatorily, and in a way that stifles free speech. Continue reading

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Church Electioneering at Dream City?

On January 26th Dream City Church in Phoenix hosted was set to host Trump for the Arizona Republican Party event. Per its website, Dream Church’s motto is “Love People.  Cultivate Community. Inspire Hope.”

Their first and greatest commandment is to ‘love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ Their second commandment is to ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’.”

Leaders Luke and Angel Barnett say “the Dream City Church is a community of people united in our common mission to gather as God’s people, grow in understanding of God’s Word and grace, and reach out to serve others in Jesus’ name.”

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It’s sAtAn DaY at the AZ Legislature!

Hey there, Secular Fam, I hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful spring weather we’re having. This is a big week to be sure.

SCOTUS is hearing the Trump 14th Amendment arguments, the Waste Management Phoenix Open is in full swing (pun intended), and aLpHa MaLeS all over the country are losing their minds over a talented young woman who will be supporting her significant other during the Superbowl.

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