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Focus on the Swing Districts: LD 18

by Karen Cook

The upcoming election will be a crucial one for secularists in Arizona. Fifteen of the 30 legislative districts are highly likely to be won by Republicans with strong ties to the religious lobby organization, Center for Arizona Policy, and only 10 by Democrats, so the 5 remaining swing districts— if won by Democrats— could give our legislature a new and rare status: parity. Having a balance between the parties would have many possible outcomes, the most positive being a decrease in religiously motivated legislation.

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Secular Coalition for Arizona Announces Fall 2012 Intern

Secular Coalition for Arizona is pleased to announce its Fall 2012 Intern: Juan Pablo (JP) Martin of Flagstaff’s Northern Arizona University.

“This is kind of an historic moment for us,” said Seráh Blain, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for Arizona. “Many of the national organizations in the secular movement have internship programs, but as far as I know, JP will actually be the first ever to take on a paid internship position within a state-level nontheistic organization. We’re pretty proud of the fact that we’re able to offer this opportunity.”

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Center for Arizona Policy and the Arizona State Legislature

by Karen Cook

When you see the initials 'CAP,’  do you automatically think of the Central Arizona Project? Think again!

Center for Arizona Policy
(CAP) is a conservative nonprofit organization that has muscled more than 100 of its supported bills into law. Its goals? Among them is to ‘protect human life from conception to the end of natural life.’ To do this, CAP has championed legislative efforts aimed toward outlawing abortion, blocking aid-in-dying policy, banning human cloning and embryonic stem cell research, as well as suppressing science-based sex education. In addition, CAP wants to maintain laws that define marriage as the union between one man and one woman; stop all gambling (including the Arizona State Lottery); and limit government involvement in education.

How is it that CAP has been so successful in its endeavors? Through commentaries on radio stations throughout Arizona; its network of supportive churches; staff members who make personal appearances at community functions and, perhaps most importantly, The Truth Project.

From the CAP website:

The Truth Project is a revolutionary DVD-based small group curriculum produced by Focus on the Family. It is designed to build a systematic and comprehensive biblical worldview in the lives of believers.

The Truth Project is unique because it doesn’t tell Christians what to think – it teaches them how to think – to evaluate every aspect of life through a biblical perspective. 

We have already seen what a 'biblical perspective' can do to Arizona!

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Announcing SC Arizona's Fall Internship Program!

Secular Coalition for Arizona is pleased to offer a paid part-time internship position for fall 2012. SC Arizona is seeking a highly motivated undergraduate student with a demonstrated interest in being active in the nontheistic movement. The student must live and attend school within the state of Arizona and have reliable transportation for travel throughout the state for grassroots organizing and events.

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Join Our Inaugural Monthly Conference Call!

Monday, June 4th at Noon Arizona Time (3:00pm ET) will be a historic conversation you don’t want to miss! 
 

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Legislature Adjourns Sine Die

Thursday, May 3, the State Legislature adjourned sine die and has finally stopped generating policy that attacks the separation of church and state--at least until next year...but Secular Coalition for Arizona isn't resting! In the off-season, we'll be keeping you informed about the upcoming elections and compiling candidate questionnaires about secular values. We'll be improving our visibility by attending events around the state, like Flagstaff Pride.

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Hijacked Arizona State Legislature Bends to Religionists

Narrow Religious Ideology Wins Big...
Everyone Else Loses

April 17, 2012 -- Last week was a disappointing one in Arizona politics, with secularism taking a major hit and real Arizonans facing damaging new laws as a result. As the legislative season comes to a close, we anticipate a continuous onslaught of anti-secular bills coming up for last-minute votes or for the Governor's signature. Secular Coalition for Arizona will be working hard to make sure you get up-to-date information and opportunities to voice your concerns to your legislators about specific bills. We appreciate how hard you have all been working to respond to the Religious Right's eleventh-hour sneak-attacks on our rights; please continue to help us get our secular message to elected officials through these last critical days.

The State of Secularism in Arizona

Bills Still Requiring Action

SB1359 - The Wrongful Birth bill allowing doctors to lie to pregnant patients was transmitted to the Governor on April 12; we must continue to pressure her for a veto: 602-542-4331

HB2563 - This Bible Curriculum bill was transmitted to the Governor on April 12; we must continue to pressure her for a veto: 602-542-4331

SB1365 - Free Exercise of Religion, a refusal and discrimination clause, has passed both houses, but in different versions. The two versions must be reconciled and before a final vote.

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Another Religiously Motivated Attack on Reproductive Healthcare

Today, March 28, the State Senate will vote on yet another piece of religiously motivated legislation that attacks Arizonan’s access to reproductive healthcare. HB 2625 allows employers to refuse to provide coverage for medications used for contraception if the employer has a religious objection.

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Executive Director Seráh Blain Advocates for Evidence-Based Medicine

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Executive Director Seráh Blain Speaks Out Against Privileging the Christian Bible in Public Schools

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