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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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Peoria Unified Board Meeting (a.k.a. Worst Board Meeting Ever)

Buckle up for for a wild ride as Jeanne breaks down the latest Peoria Unified Board meeting. (Spoiler alert: It’s a sh*tshow)

Hey there, Secular Fam, have you all noticed how many evangelical extremists reject the expertise of actual experts of things lately? It all started in 2020. At first, everyone was like, “OMG, yay, teachers! You’re amazing. My children are horrible! Homeschooling sucks! Why am I drinking wine at 9:00 AM?”

Teaching is hard for certified teachers under the best of circumstances, and I do not envy the parents and/or teachers who went through such a difficult time. Something shifted with the MAGA crowd in the fall of 2020 when individual school districts had to make tough decisions about school openings, closures, and masking.

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It’s National Religious Freedom (For Me, Not for Thee) Day!

Question: how did everyone celebrate National Religious Freedom Day on 1.16.2024?

Me? I went down to the Arizona Capitol because lawmakers reached out to let me know that a bunch of festivities were planned, and Rep. Teresa Martinez (R-LD16) wanted to celebrate religious overreach freedom:

“January 16th is National Religious Freedom Day. 

To celebrate that day we are asking each member to bring their person of faith, clergy, spiritual advisor, priest, pastor, cleric, chaplain, rabbi and bishop to shadow you for the day and be your guest in the Gallery.

 We will be holding a press conference at 11:00am in the Rose Garden to talk about the importance of Religious Freedom and all members are welcome to come.

Please let me know if you have any questions.”

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Tinfoil Hats and Bad Behavior: Peoria Unified School District Board Elections Part 2

Aaaand we’re BACK with part 2! (Want to read part 1? Click here!)

After returning from recess, President Sandoval did something that absolutely stunned me. First, he thanked everyone for their comments and read the job description of the board president. And then…he nominated newly appointed board member Becky Proudfit to the role of president of the Peoria Unified School District Governing Board.

Click here to read the rest of this article on Secular AZ’s Substack. 

Tinfoil Hats and Bad Behavior: Peoria Unified School District Board Elections Part 1

Well, well, well, Secular Fam! I just finished up last week’s Substack, and here I am working on another. On a Saturday. Why, you may wonder? Well, because not only have school board meetings started back up this week, but the Arizona Legislature is back in session.

Since the tone and level of decorum at the Capitol and in most school board meetings across the state leaves MUCH to be desired and frequently includes religious indoctrination and hate speech, this time of year can be triggering.

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New Year, New Legislative Session… New Set of Christofascist Bills

Hey Secular Fam! Do you hear that? It’s the sound of public school district governing boards all across the state reorganizing themselves and electing new leadership.

After  all, it’s a new year, with a new legislative session, a new set of christofascist bills to promote and yet more religious hypocrisy and intolerance on the way.

Already in both Deer Valley (DVUSD) and Scottsdale (SUSD), the boards ditched the extremists in leadership positions for serious board members who don’t hate public schools, so that’s great news.

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2024 Forecast: Blustery with a Chance of Rage

Happy December, Secular Fam! I hope that everyone survived the holiday season with as little stress as possible. Despite my lack of religious affiliation, I LOVE Christmas. Christmas carols, Christmas cookies, Christmas decorations, I love it all. I love that I get to see family and friends, and that everywhere I go, people are pumping me full of food and drinks. Though, finding my way back to reality can be challenging.

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Deer Valley Unified School District Board Hits New Lows

Holy moly, who whoulda thunk it, but here I am working on another Substack. I wasn’t really planning on shifting things on my to-do list, but the last meeting of 2023 in Deer Valley Unified School District (DVUSD) was, quite possibly, the worst example of board governance I’ve ever seen.

I know what you’re thinking, “Secular Activist Lady™, you say that all the time.” But I’m here to tell you:

The December 12, 2023 DVUSD meeting was, quite possibly the worst example of boardsmanship and local governance I’ve ever seen. 

So buckle up, Secular Fam, because it’s about to get stupid up in here.

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How Did We Even Get Here?

What it do, Secular Fam!? I hope this Substack finds you doing better than hanging on by an existential thread (since, generally speaking, that’s my norm these days). As most of you probably already know, there was a meeting in Paradise Valley (PVUSD) last week, where the board discussed four potential school closures, and I’m just now getting around to watching that meeting. 

So you know what that means! Buckle up, Buttercup, because we’re going to discuss the Late Stage Capitalism Era of Public Education!

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DVUSD Board Meeting: You Don’t Have to Say Everything You Think

Hey there, Secular Fam! It’s DVUSD Board Meeting recap time. I hope you all survived the Thanksgiving holiday with as little drama as possible. It’s become tougher and tougher for some of us to spend time with family and the holidays can be hella triggering.

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