Announcing the Secular Coalitions for South Carolina and Pennsylvania!

A few months ago, Secular Coalition for America Executive Director Edwina Rogers embarked on an ambitious plan to launch affiliates in every state before the end of the year.

We already have Secular Coalitions in Arizona, Alabama, and Colorado.

Today, the SCA is adding two more states to their list: South Carolina and Pennsylvania!

The Secular Coalition for South Carolina will sign the paperwork Sunday morning at the Carolina Secular Conference and it will be headed up by Amy Monsky and Matthew Facciani:

Matthew Facciani and Amy Monsky

“I believe it can create positive change for the secular population of our country and a more harmonious and egalitarian environment for all,” [Facciani] said. “Our work will directly help defend the rights of secular Americans and provide a voice for those who are in the non-religious minority. This is especially important in an area like South Carolina which is located in the ‘Bible Belt.’

Meanwhile, the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania will be starting up their own branch on Sunday at the Pennsylvania Secular Conference. It’ll be headed up by Justin Vacula and Brian Fields:

Justin Vacula and Brian Fields

“With legislation like the ‘Year of the Bible’ in Pennsylvania, it’s clear now, more than ever, that we need a secular voice speaking to our state government,” said Fields. “What sets the Secular Coalition for America apart is their dedication to directly supporting the separation of church and state, by speaking directly to those legislators that are responsible for protecting it.

“Pennsylvania is notorious for recklessly breaching the walls of church/state separation,” said Vacula. “Secularists in Pennsylvania need a voice to counter pious politicians and inform lawmakers that infusing religion with government is unacceptable.”

Five states down. 45 to go…

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  • Gringa

    Shout out Amy!!

  • http://twitter.com/nicoleintrovert Nicole Introvert

    I am very happy about the SCA growing.    But there is something about this that makes me very upset.  I will just leave a link to one of Stephanie Zvan’s posts that makes my case: 

    http://freethoughtblogs.com/almostdiamonds/2012/08/17/it-isnt-enough-to-feel-righteous/  

  • Parse

    I’m glad that the SCA is growing, but having Justin Vacula as a state co-chair isn’t the way to do it.  A partial list of why he’s an inappropriate choice can be seen in this partition: Link.


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