Powerhouse Panelists Announced for 2021 Secular Summit!

Our list of powerhouse speakers for our big virtual event on Dec. 11th just got more powerful. In addition to keynote speaker Rep. Jamie Raskin, we are thrilled to add to our lineup:
  • Lindsay Love: Governing Board Member for Chandler Unified School District
  • Dr. Deshawn Taylor: OB/GYN, professor, reproductive rights advocate, and owner of Desert Star Family Planning in Phoenix
  • Dr. Atsuko Koyama: abortion provider and fellow with Physicians for Reproductive Health
  • Professor Elizabeth Sepper: nationally-recognized scholar of religious liberty and health law
The three doctors and Prof. Sepper will be part of an in-depth panel on religious refusals, and Ms. Love will join us for remarks on how Christian nationalism is impacting education in Arizona.
Each panelist has intense first-hand experience with their subject, and has been featured in statewide and national media. Don’t miss it!

SB8 is a Gambit to Circumvent the Constitution

Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote about a culture in which women who want to escape men’s violence flee into the country for women-only communes.  When they attempt to escape, they are chased by helicopters dropping nets from the sky and then men on the ground round them up like wild animals. Nothing Margaret Atwood wrote in The Handmaid’s Tale was fiction then or now. From the Taliban in Afghanistan to the Taliban in Texas, women’s freedom remains under severe attack. Continue reading

Hatred, Bigotry, Anti-Science and Conspiracy Theories Do Not Belong at School Board Meetings

At the October 27, 2021 Chandler Unified School District (CUSD) Governing Board meeting, several speakers gave public comments regarding mask wearing in schools. While this topic wasn’t up for vote or discussion on the agenda, such comments from community members have become a regular occurrence in CUSD, and the angry, anti-science, antisemitic rhetoric coming from these individuals has increased since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Continue reading

Announcing Secular Summit 2021 w/ keynote speaker Congressman Jamie Raskin!

Do you support secular public policy in Arizona? Are you a Secular AZ member? Meet fellow members and be part of the discussion how we will fight for you in 2022!

The event will feature a keynote address from US Rep. Jamie Raskin: chair of the Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, co-chair/co-founder of the Congressional Freethought Caucus, and lead impeachment manager for the second impeachment of President Donald Trump!

Secular AZ leadership will also report on how we’ve been fighting for your rights this year; recognize outstanding secular activists and leaders; and discuss what we can look forward to in 2022.

December 11th
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Via Zoom

This is a free event for members only. (Memberships are available here.). We also deeply appreciate donations to pay for speaker fees and ongoing organizational costs. Be recognized as an event sponsor by pitching in $100 or more!

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A Christian Nationalist Blitz is Still Assaulting Your Civil Liberties — Just Under a Low Profile

As U.S. Church membership falls, pushback is growing from traditionalists across the country. Christian nationalist groups remain at the forefront of this culture war. These coalitions dump massive amounts of money into state and local governments to influence power-hungry politicians. Their desired ends are the realization of America as a Christian nation; their means are dismantling civil rights. Continue reading