Atheist Group Names Worst State Bill in Nation; It Allows Church Members to Kill Potential Threats

Earlier this month, the Secular Coalition for America announced a bracket with 16 state bills promoting religion through the government. Over several days, voters could choose the “Worst State Bill.”

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Today, they announced the winner: Mississippi’s House Bill 786.

Officially known as the “Mississippi Church Protection Act,” it would allow churches to create a security team with lethal power in order to kill possible intruders. Members of that team would then be “immune from civil liability” in case anything went wrong.

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Edwina Rogers Dismisses Claims in Her Lawsuit Against Richard Dawkins and Atheist Lobbying Group

There’s finally resolution in a lawsuit involving some of the leaders of multiple atheist organizations.

Last May, Edwina Rogers (below) sued the Secular Coalition for America, her former employer, alleging that SCA leaders wrongfully terminated her and then made defamatory statements about her to the press. They were motivated, the document said, by “petty jealousies and naked ambition.”



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The Atheist Lobby’s New Leader is an “Unaffiliated Christian” Who Wants to Reach Across the Aisle

In May of 2012, the Secular Coalition for America hired a new Executive Director who certainly made a lot of heads turn because of her resume. Edwina Rogers was a Republican who had previously worked for some very conservative politicians. It was an odd choice, at least on paper, to represent mostly liberal atheists on Capitol Hill. But if she could do her job effectively, open doors previously closed to us, and convey the thoughts of millions of Secular Americans to politicians, then her label, I felt, could become an afterthought.

Many of you disagreed. A lot of atheists I’ve spoken to simply never warmed to Rogers in large part because of her political affiliation. Then, in mid-2014, for reasons that are still being debated, Rogers was unceremoniously fired from the SCA. She later sued the organization for wrongful termination and defamation; the lawsuit still hasn’t been officially resolved.

For the past year and a half, the SCA has been under the leadership of interim director Kelly Damerow as its board looked for a new Executive Director. Today, they’re announcing their selection: Larry T. Decker.

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Why It’s So Important to Fight for Church/State Separation

Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist posted a terrific interview with Sarah Levin, Legislative Associate for the Secular Coalition for America. In it, Levin talks about why she fights for church state/separation and why the First Amendment protects people of all faiths and no faith:



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Only Five Politicians Got a Perfect Score on the Secular Coalition for America’s 2014 Report Card

Only 5 members of Congress — all Democrats in the House — received an “A” grade on the Secular Coalition for America’s 2014 Congressional Report Card.

First, the U.S. House of Representatives:

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