Sean Faircloth Leaves Secular Coalition for America; Joins Richard Dawkins Foundation

Sean Faircloth, the Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America, has resigned from his position.

He will be joining the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDFRS) as their new Director of Strategy and Policy.

Dawkins explained it this way:

“[Faircloth] has a proven ability to strategize, organize, and energize — qualities essential to making secularism a successful social movement. Sean wrote the Secular Decade plan while Executive Director of Secular Coalition for America and led the early stages of its implementation. Now he will bring his skills to an even wider audience. I want him out speaking far and wide.”

“I have invited Sean Faircloth to join me in my book tour in the United States this September and October because, having read an advance copy of his book and written its Foreword, I know that its message is critically important and must reach a broad audience, particularly as we approach America’s 2012 elections. The trend toward theocratic thinking in the United States is a danger not only for America but for the entire world. Sean Faircloth’s ability to articulate this problem and offer specific solutions is why he will be such an an important new member of our team. As Director of Strategy and Policy at RDFRS he will work with secular groups of all stripes, including his contacts in the Secular Coalition for America, to strategize and organize.”

So, in addition to his new role, Faircloth will also be the “opening act” for Dawkins during his U.S. tour for The Magic of Reality.

This comes a few months before the release of Faircloth’s own book: Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right Harms Us All — and What We Can Do About It.

Sean became the director of the SCA in early 2009, after a five-term run as a State Representative in Maine.

Herb Silverman, the chair of the SCA, put out this response:

On behalf of the Secular Coalition for America, I’d like to thank Sean Faircloth for all he has done in the past two years as Executive Director of our organization. He conceived of our plan for a secular decade, and started our growth toward fifty state secular coalitions.

Sean’s oratory skill, enthusiasm and ideas have inspired many who have attended his talks around the country. His vision and dynamic ideas are contained in his soon-to-be published book, Attack of the Theocrats: How the Religious Right Harms Us All—and What We Can Do About It. I’m confident the book will motivate all kinds of secular Americans to join our cause and become secular activists, as Sean has succeeding in doing with his speeches.

We are thrilled that Sean will be opening speaker for Richard Dawkins’ book tour later this month, and that Sean is now the Policy & Strategy Director of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science. This will help make the relationship between our two organizations even closer as we cooperate and work together on behalf of all secular Americans.

Thanks, Sean, for all you have done, and for all you will continue to do for our movement.

With best wishes,

Herb Silverman
President, Secular Coalition for America

Sean adds:

I want to thank the Board of Directors of the Secular Coalition for America for the opportunity to work with them as their Executive Director for the past two years. It has been an honor to work with this organization and on this important cause. I am particularly proud of my work crafting the Secular Decade plan and moving it forward in all aspects, including the fifty state strategy. In my new position at the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science I will continue strategic planning, policy leadership, and public speaking efforts on behalf of secularism and I will continue to work with SCA and all secular groups, in the United States and abroad. I wish SCA the best and will continue to strive for our movement to take an optimistic and positive approach to secularism.

Best wishes,

Sean Faircloth

Stay tuned for more. I’ll update this post soon.

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  • Jim Baerg
    • Newavocation

      Thanks Jim! Interesting link, ordered a used copy!

  • Newavocation

    Hemant for SCA Executive Director!

  • Anonymous

    Hope they will publish book tour dates. I cannot find much on either of Dawkins web sites. Just one speaking engagement in NY and one in Texas, along with one book signing in NY. If somebody knows of a schedule, it would be great to publish it here.


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