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On the Road: Prescott Freethinkers

Emphasizing the importance of secular government down to the regional and local level is a primary function at the Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ).  To achieve that goal, we spend time in Arizona communities throughout the state educating citizens on the pertinence of church and state separation principles, and how they affect everyone, religious or not.   

We are highlighting each of our supporting groups in our "On the Road with Secular AZ" series of articles here at www.secularaz.org for our members to follow along.

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Fetal Tissue & Planned Parenthood - Why Secular AZ Cares

There are complicated moral and ethical questions involved in women’s health issues and access to health care for theists and nontheists alike. However, setting public policy and making laws based on extreme sectarian religious beliefs and manufactured controversies is dangerous and reckless.   

In the landmark case Roe v. Wade, the U.S. Supreme Court recognized that the U.S. Constitution protects a woman’s right to make her own medical decisions, including her decision to have an abortion.

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On the Road: Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix

Personal interaction with our liaised organizations and supporters is a priority. Each year when the Arizona legislative session closes, we hit the road to update them regarding the highlights of the most recent session. We discuss how we work within the legislature and engage the public to fight challenges and seize opportunities to protect and strengthen secular public policy in Arizona.   

We’re updating our wider audience of website visitors with a recap of each meeting. Your comments or questions are always welcomed. 

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On the Road: Sedona/Verde Valley Secular Freethinkers

Sedona Verde/Valley Freethinkers Briefed on 2015 Arizona Legislative Session

A high priority at Secular Coalition for Arizona (SC Arizona) is to inform citizens and groups across our state regarding the work we do at the Capitol on their behalf to protect and fortify a secular government.

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Clearing the Confusion: What 'Secular' Is--and Isn't

What does it mean to be “secular”?  And how does that impact our growing list of supporters and our advocacy on behalf of Arizonans?  Let’s examine the common points of confusion.

What is Secularism?

The term ‘secular’ means ‘not of religion’— quite different from ‘anti-religion.’  In fact, a basic tenet of secularism is that citizens of all religions and beliefs are equal before the law.   

When applied to government, secularism represents a view that:
 

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The 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up and Scorecard are Here!

The 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up and Scorecard are here!  The wrap-up is a brief summary of Secular Coalition for Arizona actions and bills of interest during the legislative session, and the scorecard is a compilation of how your Arizona legislators voted on issues important to our secular community.  

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Secular AZ Testimony on SB 1318: Prohibiting Abortion Coverage on Health Exchange

Good afternoon, Madame Chair and members of the Committee,
For the record my name is Tory Anderson, and I am here speaking on behalf of the Secular Coalition for Arizona.   For those of you not familiar with our organization, we represent a statewide constituency base of theists and nontheists who value the separation of church and state. 

I am here today, on behalf of my constituency, in opposition to SB 1318, and to ask you to vote “NO” on this bill.

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Legislative Committee passes first non-secular bill of 2015

Today, by a vote of 4-3, the House Education Committee passed HB 2174, a bill which would expand school vouchers to grandchildren.  Please send a "THANK YOU" note to the legislators who voted AGAINST the bill. Click here to use our online "ACTION ALERT" system.

The bill was sponsored by Rep. Finchem, who said it was brought to his attention by a national group that promotes "school choice".

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Your Boots on the Ground!

Opening Day 2015

The 52nd Arizona State Legislature began today, and the Secular Coalition for Arizona was there. 

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Secular Coalition Official Position on the Arizona Office of Faith and Community Partnerships

Send a message to Governor Brewer using our "Action Alert System".  Click here.

Full Text of Executive Order 2014-06 Here

Background
On August 29, 2014, Governor Jan Brewer signed Executive Order 2014-06, establishing the Office of Faith and Community Partnerships and the Arizona Council on Faith and Community Partnerships.

This new Office and Council replace the Arizona SERVES taskforce and website, established by Executive Order 2010-07 and 2010-16.  The current board of the Arizona SERVES taskforce includes:
-          Five Christian Pastors
-          Seven Leaders of Christian-based non-profit organizations (including the lobbying group “Center for Arizona Policy”, an organization which is well-known for its extremist religious agenda)
-          Three State Employees
-          Two Undefined “Public Advocates”
-          Two Leaders from secular non-profit organizations

ArizonaSERVES was tasked with five goals:

  1. Encourage foster care
  2. Facilitate free/reduced child care services
  3. Provide supervised CPS visits
  4. Promote elder independence/assist grandparents raising grandchildren
  5. Provide transportation to underserved

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