Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) Will Speak at Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day and Secular Summit Event

I have mentioned before that the Secular Coalition for America is sponsoring a Lobby Day and Secular Summit this April. It’s a packed event full of educational meetings, panels about issues non-theists care about, and addresses by government officials.

About that last part, my first reaction was, “Seriously? Who?!”

Now we have at least part of the answer. Congressman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) will be a Keynote Speaker on the morning of Wednesday, April 25th:

Rep. Nadler (D-NY) is the former Chair, and current ranking member of the US House of Representatives Constitution Subcommittee who, in December 2010, held hearings on taxpayer dollars going directly to pervasively sectarian organizations through the White House Office Faith Based Funding.

Nadler has been a critic of the government’s faith-based program for years. In 2010, the SCA even submitted a statement against such sectarian funding to Nadler’s committee.

He is in his eleventh term in office and has been a constant supporter of civil liberties and progressive issues.

Incidentally, Nadler is Jewish (PDF) but there’s no word on whether or not he believes in a higher power.

“We are excited to host Rep. Nadler as the Keynote speaker at the Secular Summit breakfast,” Edwina Rogers said. “It’s an honor to have such a strong advocate of the separation of religion and government speak to our supporters and address some of the issues that are so fundamental to America’s secular founding principles.”

Additional government representatives who will speak during the event will be announced within the next couple of weeks.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/chidy/ chicago dyke

    i really wish more xtians could embrace the notion of ‘secular’ xtianity, like jews do sometimes. i know a lot of “ethnically” jewish nonbelievers. they’ll make a matzo ball soup now and again, and go to a house of worship for a funeral, but don’t try to beat their holy books over everyone’s heads like crazee people. more christians should try that. jesus is a great idea! even if he’s not real, it’s a fine example to try to follow. just don’t insist you can speak with him or that he is telling you who to hate.


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