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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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Social Media, American Fascism and Building the Secular Sanctuary with Patrick Nathan

Cover of Patrick Nathan's book, "The Future was Color"Novelist and essayist Patrick Nathan joins us on March 1 at noon (MST) to discuss the use of mis/disinformation and the weaponization of social media, all to promote fascism.

Watch this presentation on SecularAZ’s YouTube channel. 

Patrick Nathan is the author of the novels Some Hell, a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, and The Future Was Color, which publishes in June. He is also the author of Image Control: Art, Fascism, and the Right to Resist, and has written for the New Republic, the New York Times, the Baffler, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Boston Globe, and elsewhere. He lives in Minneapolis.

Secular Summit

Are you ready for a day filled with activism, inspiration, education and community building?

Watch the event on the Secular AZ Youtube channel.

This year’s theme: Christian Nationalism in Rural Arizona.

Our speakers include:

Want to attend in-person? Please purchase your tickets here.

Want to attend over Zoom? Register here.

 

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Want to make a full day of it? HSGP is hosting event before and after the summit, so you can enjoy a full day of secular community building. More info here!

It’s the “Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud” Part of Late-Stage Capitalism

Hey there, Secular Fam, I hope y’all are hanging in there during this era of late-stage capitalism.

For many of us, this time of year can overwhelm us and bring in a flood of emotions, some of them not great. This is true of the winter months in “normal” times, but if anyone understands that all the sh!t we’ve been going through for the last several years is FAR from normal, it’s you – the folks that read these columns.

It seems that we are both in the Saying the Quiet Part Out Loud (SQPOL?) phase AND the Fuck Around and Find Out (FAFO) phase in this Era of late-stage capitalism. Continue reading