Secular Coalition for Arizona

Secular Coalition for Arizona Non-profit working to defend and provide education about secular principles, and safeguard the wall of protection between church and state. Secular AZ educates about and defends secular principles and safeguards the wall of protection between church and state.
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Secular AZ stands against privileging a single narrow religious viewpoint over other religions and non-religion, and fights for equality, security, justice, and basic fairness for all Arizonans regardless of religious belief or non-belief. The coalition represents 16 secular organizations throughout Arizona and is a state-affiliated organization of the Secular Coalition for America in Washington, DC. Secular AZ lobbies the state government on issues important to our constituency and works to draw attention to issues of secularism during state and local elections. For more information, please visit www.secularAZ.org

Operating as usual

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend all Americans “wear masks in public settings and when arou...
03/26/2021
Ducey ends local mask mandates, business restrictions

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend all Americans “wear masks in public settings and when around people who don’t live in their household.”

Gov. Doug Ducey ends local mask mandates and state business resctrictions as he rescinds previous COVID-19 executive orders

Don’t miss this webinar on  reproductive freedom with Secular Star Representative Athena Salman.
03/25/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Behind the Legislative Curtain: Strategies for Reproductive Freedom. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Don’t miss this webinar on reproductive freedom with Secular Star Representative Athena Salman.

State legislatures are at the center of both reproductive oppression and justice. Oppressive bills are being introduced, passed, and replicated across states. Completely ignoring freedom of religion, these bills are used by anti-abortionists as test balloons and decoys for court decisions. Many righ...

Apparently God™ doesn't want anyone to vote on Sundays.   It's in the Old Testament, in the book of Racistvotersupressio...
03/24/2021
WATCH: GOP senator defends vote suppression by saying God doesn't want Americans to vote on Sundays

Apparently God™ doesn't want anyone to vote on Sundays.

It's in the Old Testament, in the book of Racistvotersupression.

(also, she was sworn in on a Sunday. Is God™ OK with that? wlbt.com/2021/01/02/us-sen-hyde-smith-be-sworn-sunday/)

Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-MS) on Wednesday defended Georgia Republicans' proposal to ban early voting on Sundays by saying allowing voting on that day would go against God's word. The Georgia Republicans' proposal to ban Sunday voting is seen by many critics as a thinly veiled effort to stop Blac...

Republicans have introduced bills to ban trans athletes in 28 states, AZ included. Some even make playing sports a crime...
03/24/2021
The massive Republican push to ban trans athletes, explained

Republicans have introduced bills to ban trans athletes in 28 states, AZ included. Some even make playing sports a crime.

The bill supporters’ stated narrative (“protecting women’s sports”) fails to hold up to real-world evidence, which underscores that the supposed threat to women’s sports is a non-issue.

So what’s the real reason behind all these bigoted bills? As usual, it’s a wedge issue. And as usual, cruelty seems to be the point.

28 states have introduced bills to prevent trans kids and women from playing sports. It’s the GOP’s latest attempt to force trans people into hiding.

URGENT: Lawmakers are hearing a last-minute bill today protecting the torturous practice of conversion therapy. Contact ...
03/24/2021
URGENT: Tell committee members to reject protections conversion therapy before 2pm today

URGENT: Lawmakers are hearing a last-minute bill today protecting the torturous practice of conversion therapy. Contact members of the House Criminal Justice Committee before 2pm today and sign in against SB1269 on Request to Speak.

Today at 2pm, House Criminal Justice committee will hear a "strike-everything" amendment to SB1269. The amendment revives contentious language that would ban banning conversion therapy.

🤬🤬🤬Striker alert!🤬🤬🤬SB1269 has a strike everything amendment that would ban bans on conversion therapy. This is similar ...
03/24/2021

🤬🤬🤬Striker alert!🤬🤬🤬

SB1269 has a strike everything amendment that would ban bans on conversion therapy. This is similar to a bill that died earlier in session, and then tried as a striker in a different committee, and now again another striker - we have less than 24 hours but we can spread the word.

Please sign into RTS apps.azleg.gov against this bill.

It will be heard at 2pm Wednesday in the House Criminal Justice Reform cmte.

03/23/2021
Oliver

Don’t miss this presentation!

Freethought Arizona's monthly Educational Presentation is on the current phase of the COVID pandemic

Yo. Last weekend tens of thousands of vaccines went unused. Like they couldn't find enough 55+ people to make appointmen...
03/23/2021
Arizona Expands COVID-19 Vaccination Eligibility To All

Yo. Last weekend tens of thousands of vaccines went unused. Like they couldn't find enough 55+ people to make appointments. That's crazy.

So, Ducey opened it up to everyone 16 and older beginning yesterday. GOOOOO GET VACCINATED!

Are you vaccinated yet? Drop a line to help encourage others to be vaccinated.

https://azgovernor.gov/governor/news/2021/03/arizona-expands-covid-19-vaccination-eligibility-all

Arizonans Age 16 And Up Can Be Vaccinated At State Sites

American Atheists 2021 Virtual Conference
03/21/2021
American Atheists 2021 Virtual Conference

American Atheists 2021 Virtual Conference

American Atheists is proud to present one of the most diverse and compelling line-ups of speakers, activists, community leaders, academics, and artists you’ll see at any atheist event in America. As always, we’re committed to bringing brand new stories you’ve never heard to our stage!

So to summarize, they're breathing in toxic fumes while displaying racist symbols in order to regain the constitutional ...
03/20/2021
Protesters hold "mask burning rally" outside Maricopa County Public Health

So to summarize, they're breathing in toxic fumes while displaying racist symbols in order to regain the constitutional freedoms that were taken away by mask wearing.

Also, did you know that those who argue against masks have been "forcefully silenced" and "cut off from mainstream media"? We know this because it was reported on by... the mainstream media.

Just some really amazing reasoning and totally normal behavior going on here (and yet more evidence that we need fact-based education in schools).

While the group was passionate, they were very peaceful and didn't let anything get out of hand.

The alleged murderer of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, reportedly said that he was trying to “elim...
03/19/2021
Women are harmed every day by invisible men | Rebecca Solnit

The alleged murderer of eight people, six of whom were Asian American women, reportedly said that he was trying to “eliminate temptation”. It’s as if he thought others were responsible for his inner life, as though the horrific act of taking others’ lives rather than learning some form of self-control was appropriate.

This aspect of a crime that was also horrifically racist reflects a culture in which men and the society at large blame women for men’s behavior and the things men do to women. The idea of women as temptresses goes back to the Old Testament and is heavily stressed in white evangelical Christianity.

When men harm women, we obscure their role. Instead, we blame women for the injustice that happens to them

Join this timely panel discussion, hosted by the Rights, Faith and Democracy Network and co-sponsored by our friends at ...
03/18/2021
Religious Exemptions to Public Emergencies: Wolves in Sheep’s Clothing

Join this timely panel discussion, hosted by the Rights, Faith and Democracy Network and co-sponsored by our friends at American Atheists and Americans United for Separation of Church and State.

March 30 at 10am PST

In state legislatures across the country, lawmakers are promoting bills that would exempt houses of worship from public health and emergency orders. Their supporters claim these bills merely protect the right to worship during public emergencies, but exempting religious activities from these orders....

03/18/2021
The Secular Communities Survey

Take the secular survey today!

The Secular Communities Survey is the largest-ever study of the community life of secular and nonreligious people in the United States. The survey also measures people’s political views and their degree of civic engagement.

From our friends at Secular Coalition for America
03/17/2021
What Ireland Taught Me About Secularism - Secular Coalition for America

From our friends at Secular Coalition for America

By Andrew McCarty Grossen, Communications Manager, Secular Coalition for America As today is St. Patrick’s Day, which is celebrated both religiously and secularly throughout the world, I would like to take this opportunity to share with you my reflections on what Ireland showed me regarding secula...

Some of the most potent reasons people cite in resisting vaccines are rooted in religious beliefs, and indeed one obstac...
03/16/2021
Clergy Preach Faith in the Covid Vaccine to Doubters

Some of the most potent reasons people cite in resisting vaccines are rooted in religious beliefs, and indeed one obstacle these clergy members face is the inveighing against the shots by their own peers. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops recently proclaimed that Catholics should avoid the Johnson & Johnson vaccine if they have a choice, calling it “morally compromised” because it was developed with cell lines from a fetus aborted in 1985.

With widespread immunity essential to ending the pandemic, priests, imams, rabbis and swamis are successfully urging their congregations to get the shots. Many people trust them more than they trust health officials.

It’s Arizona Gives Day! Support our fight for a separate church and state... against Christian nationalism’s influence a...
03/16/2021
Donate - Secular Coalition for Arizona

It’s Arizona Gives Day! Support our fight for a separate church and state... against Christian nationalism’s influence at the AZ Legislature... for fact-based education in schools...and for secular public policies that benefit ALL Arizonans, not just privilege a few.

https://secularaz.org/product/donate/

Make a one-time gift or a recurring monthly donation to Secular AZ. Your one-time or recurring gift supports our educational and civic programs, outreach, and community-building activities. You may choose to designate your donation to Secular Coalition for Arizona, a 501(c)4 organization. While not....

In a victory for bigotry, the Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “ca...
03/16/2021
Vatican bars same-sex union blessing, says God 'can't bless sin'

In a victory for bigotry, the Vatican decreed Monday that the Catholic Church cannot bless same-sex unions since God “cannot bless sin.”

The determination comes at the 8-year mark of this papacy, a time during which Frances has previously said “Who am I to judge?”

The Vatican's orthodoxy office, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued a formal response Monday to a question about whether Catholic clergy can bless gay unions. Its conclusion was "negative."

Join us in 15 minutes! Secular Day at the Capitol starts at 10:00 am. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/reg...
03/15/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: 8th Annual (Virtual) Secular Day at the Capitol!. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join us in 15 minutes! Secular Day at the Capitol starts at 10:00 am.

Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMpf--pqDMqHtABohiyEXvWB_PcS1MWOF9J

**Updated to add our optional Legislature 101 / RTS training from 8:30AM - 9:45AM on Monday, March 15th - learn how and when to become engaged with legislation as it moves through the process** 2021 has been the most urgent year for our constituency EVER. The State Legislature has been absolutely bl...

🥧🥧Happy Pi Day! 🥧🥧(Value science? Want to promote fact-based education in schools, rather than curricula based on dogma ...
03/14/2021
8th Annual Secular Day at the Capitol - Secular Coalition for Arizona

🥧🥧Happy Pi Day! 🥧🥧

(Value science? Want to promote fact-based education in schools, rather than curricula based on dogma and superstition? Let your legislators know tomorrow at Secular Day at the Capitol!)

Learn more and save your spot at for this free virtual event, starting tomorrow at 10am!

https://secularaz.org/8th-annual-secular-day-at-the-capitol/

Curious about what happens at the legislature? Want to meet your lawmaker and connect with other people who care about secular government? Tired of religious intrusions into state statute? Then we have the virtual event for you! Join us Monday, March 15th for our 8th Annual Secular Day at the Capito...

Affinis Humanity Coalition
03/11/2021

Affinis Humanity Coalition

How often do you get to speak with an ex-Mormon Bishop about his journey into Secular Humanism? Tune in tonight and be inspired.

IG LIVE (https://www.instagram.com/affinishumanity/) tonight at 7pm MST.
#exmormon
#ExChristian

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03/11/2021

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Rep. Kavanaugh (R-Fountain Hills) says the quiet part out loud and admits that he doesn’t want everyone to vote.“There's...
03/11/2021
Arizona Republican lawmakers join GOP efforts to target voting, with nearly two dozen restrictive voting measures

Rep. Kavanaugh (R-Fountain Hills) says the quiet part out loud and admits that he doesn’t want everyone to vote.

“There's a fundamental difference between Democrats and Republicans," Kavanagh said. "Democrats value as many people as possible voting, and they're willing to risk fraud. Republicans are more concerned about fraud, so we don't mind putting security measures in that won't let everybody vote -- but everybody shouldn't be voting."

"Not everybody wants to vote, and if somebody is uninterested in voting, that probably means that they're totally uninformed on the issues," Kavanagh said. "Quantity is important, but we have to look at the quality of votes, as well."

Who, then, are the “right people” that should be voting? 🤔

Months after former President Donald Trump and his allies in Congress attempted to overturn Arizona's election results, Republicans in the state's legislature are trying to make it harder for some residents to vote, targeting different elements of the system with almost two dozen separate measures.

New legislation in states across the country, including HB2648 here in Arizona, could shield religious organizations fro...
03/10/2021
A New String of State Bills Could Give Religious Organizations Blanket Immunity from Any Wrongdoing

New legislation in states across the country, including HB2648 here in Arizona, could shield religious organizations from all civil and criminal liability:

- Religious organizations could claim immunity from criminal prosecution and civil liability for the sexual abuse or physical harm of children in connection with religious activities or rituals;

- Religious organizations could be shielded from the consequences of violating state nondiscrimination laws that conflict with their religious beliefs;

- Religiously motivated hate groups could avoid prosecution for criminal activities associated with exercising their beliefs;

- Patients at religious hospitals could be unable to sue for medically negligent or reckless care that was provided based on the hospital’s religious beliefs.

Raise your voice! Join us on 3/15 for (virtual) Secular Day at the Capitol and learn how to fight these harmful bills.
https://secularaz.org/8th-annual-secular-day-at-the-capitol/

New legislation in states across the country could shield religious organizations from all civil and criminal liability.

03/09/2021
Arizona State Legislature Web Applications

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RTS Alert! HB2575 allows clergy to visit with patients in hospitals at any time for religious purposes, and especially at end of life. Why is this getting my 🤬🤬 faces? Because this bill needs to include everyone, not just religious people. Atheists and nonreligious folks make up 23% of the population, and yet are forgotten by the majority religion (Christians 67%) when crafting legislation.

A Secular AZ board member died of COVID in December. He was a freethinker, a visionary, an organizer, and an atheist. He died alone. No one should. Why this bill leaves people like him out, I just don't understand...

So please sign into RTS against this bill. They're purposefully leaving nonreligious people out.

Also - did you know - clergy is not defined in statute. Google clergy to get the common definition - it's Christian.

Would minority religions receive the same privilege as Christian clergy? Would any non-mainstream religious leaders be allowed to visit? So many questions. Open to discussion...

RTS link: apps.azleg.gov

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Webinars on End of Life Options Live webinar on “Six Choices at the End of Life Includes Medical Aid in Dying“ Live webinars provide the opportunity to interact and ask questions. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Meeting conducted with ZOOM. https://azendoflifeoptions.org/free-webinars-on-end-of-life-options/ Dr Dwight Moore will present 2 live webinars in January. Friday 1/8/2021 @ 1pm and Sunday 1/17/2021 @ 2pm Use the link to register in advance.
Death with Dignity? Medical Aid In Dying? What are your end-of-life options if you live in Arizona? Learn more on Sunday, Nov. 1st, at 2pm when Arizona End of Life Options presents a discussion with Dr. Tom Fitch. Register today for this free virtual presentation. https://azendoflifeoptions.org/free-webinars-on-end-of-life-options/ Your Zoom link will be emailed to you. With a wealth of first-hand experience, Dr. Fitch believes MAID is ethical, and should be legally available—with stringent safeguards—to competent adults who find themselves near the end of life due to a terminal illness complicated by unbearable, refractory suffering, to use as their last act of free will to die with dignity as they reasonably interpret it. He has joined Arizona End-of-Life Options to advocate for a Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) law in Arizona. See Dr. Fitch’s Op Ed in the Arizona Republic: “I’m an oncologist with terminal cancer, and I support medical aid in dying. Here’s why. https://azendoflifeoptions.org/stories/#fitch Visit our website for more About Arizona End-of-Life Options, the Proposed Law, resources, Stories, and how to volunteer with AZ End-of-Life Options https://azendoflifeoptions.org/ And check out our YouTube page https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZXWeXcZjiBUcsEG_su-9Og Be sure to visit our page and Like and Follow us https://www.facebook.com/AZEndofLife
Death with Dignity? Medical Aid In Dying? What are your end-of-life options if you live in Arizona? Learn more on Friday, 10/23, at 1pm when Arizona End of Life Options presents a discussion with Dr. Tom Fitch. Register today for this free virtual presentation. https://azendoflifeoptions.org/free-webinars-on-end-of-life-options/ Your Zoom link will be emailed to you. With a wealth of first-hand experience, Dr. Fitch believes MAID is ethical, and should be legally available—with stringent safeguards—to competent adults who find themselves near the end of life due to a terminal illness complicated by unbearable, refractory suffering, to use as their last act of free will to die with dignity as they reasonably interpret it. He has joined Arizona End-of-Life Options to advocate for a Medical Aid in Dying (MAID) law in Arizona. See Dr. Fitch’s Op Ed in the Arizona Republic: “I’m an oncologist with terminal cancer, and I support medical aid in dying. Here’s why. ”https://azendoflifeoptions.org/stories/#fitch Visit our website for more About Arizona End-of-Life Options, the Proposed Law, resources, Stories, and how to volunteer with AZ End-of-Life Options https://azendoflifeoptions.org/ And check out our YouTube page hhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZXWeXcZjiBUcsEG_su-9Og
The most important thing we can do for the next month is to prevent a coup and voter suppression. Demand all of your local and state officials make a personal statement; it is up to them to ensure fair elections. IMPORTANT: Include your mayor, police officials, attorney generals, and secretaries of state. Contact them daily until they publicly state their support. Here is an example of a tweet you can write today: @SecretaryHobbs @Mark4AZ @LivingstonLD22 @RepFrankCarroll @RepBenToma @CaptMarkKelly @mayorccarlat @MarthaMcSally @DebbieLesko @SenatorSinema @peoriapoliceaz @arizona_dps @az_cops Will you join me in demanding that every vote be counted and that everyone be free to vote without interference? #choosedemocracy
Holding a political rally in a church is blasphemy. They will be reported to the IRS.
We will see how this works out ?
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There is a March 6 opinion piece in the NYT you all might want to read. It outlines how Trump is about to undo regulations put in place by Obama to keep Christian organizations receiving federal money to run charitable programs (something started by GW Bush) from discriminating against anyone who is not Christian or who is not living up the standards of their Christian teachings. Another step in trying to force us into a Christian theocracy.