A case about religious freedom was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit* on April 22, 2021.
- 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
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
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
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.
11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
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!
If you’ve been following us, you may already know that it’s common in Arizona for lawmakers to open government meetings with a prayer. Inadvertently or intentionally, many of these invocations have the effect of marginalizing religious minorities and even violating constitutional law. Continue reading
As predicted, the brutality of the 2021 legislative session has led to a plethora of lawsuits against the many unconstitutional bills attacking voting rights, women, education, and public health. Continue reading
Updated 10/21/21: Last week, Secular AZ constituents Ralph Atchue and Deborah Broome each individually contacted us to share letters to the editor they had published in their local newspapers. The topics: prayer at government meetings and the purpose of the 1st amendment . We’re proud to reprint the letters below.
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
Secular AZ is proud to introduce you to our new Executive Director, Jeanne Casteen! Among other things, Jeanne has been a lifelong educator and advocate, mother of four, middle and high school teacher, and school board president. We’re excited to benefit from her strength, ideas, and experience. Below, meet Jeanne in her own words.
Since its widespread adoption, conservative Christians have used the slogan “In God We Trust” to justify opposing abortion rights, same-sex marriage, and even expansions of voter rights by suggesting that they violate the principles represented by those words. Continue reading