The Rise of the Secular Coalition for America

Over the weekend, I attended the biannual board meeting of the Secular Coalition for America.

I began working with the SCA before our first director was hired, a few years ago. It’s incredible how far we’ve come in that time.

We’re now getting one-on-one appointments with the White House staff and we’re included in White House meetings. Instead of our staff calling them, they now call us.

We’re being far more proactive than ever, speaking to members of Congress about how they should respond to certain pieces of legislation before they come up, instead of reacting after the fact. That’s a huge deal.

We have a very impressive new lobbyist, Sean Faircloth, and I’m hopeful people who meet him will like him as much as they did Lori Lipman Brown. I’m definitely optimistic that will be the case after my first meeting with him.

There are more SCA supporters now than ever before and we’re growing. We have five staff members and a new office — which we’ll probably outgrow before long. Major media has been covering the SCA and it looks like that will continue.

We’re not as influential yet as the Christian Right has been in the past, but we literally have a seat at the table now — it’s not just a metaphor.

How amazing is that?

  • VorlonGuyverOss

    This is great news.

  • Reginald Selkirk

    How amazing is that?

    Well, it’s not supernaturally amazing.

  • Mags

    Hey, Everyone! Secular Coalition is now on TWITTER. Their user name is: @Seculardotorg

  • dfledermaus

    It’s great news. I’ve met Lori Lipman Brown a few times and she always impressed me with her wit, knowledge and, when she went on TV or radio with hostile interviewers, her poise under fire. I wouldn’t mind though, seeing a little more here about the new guy, Sean Faircloth. At the moment he’s just a name to me.

  • Miko

    We’re not as influential yet as the Christian Right has been in the past

    And we shouldn’t be. They had more influence than any group deserves to have.

  • Tony

    That is simply awesome. I wonder if we get equal access from Dems and Repubs? I doubt it, but I’d like to see who calls into their office seeking input and on which specific topics.

  • Anonymous

    I wouldn’t mind though, seeing a little more here about the new guy, Sean Faircloth. At the moment he’s just a name to me.

    Look him up on YouTube. You can see him speaking at an Obama rally.


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