May 21st- Today, the Secular Coalition for America submitted comments to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on the development of guidelines that would establish a framework for the federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. Far too long decisions as to what types of research should receive federal funding have been captives of a religiously tinged political process rather than the subject of a well established process of scientific peer review. On March 9th, President Obama issued an Executive Order instructing the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop these guidelines and on April 24th, their draft guidelines were available for public comment. To read the Secular Coalition’s comments, click here. Read more »
On May 13th, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing on whether to re-authorize the controversial D.C. voucher program known as the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. As members of the National Coalition for Public Education, the Secular Coalition for America has lobbied dozens of Senators to oppose the continuation of a program that requires American taxpayers to pay for the religious education of D.C. students. Read more »
New York Times 2nd Most E-mailed Article Spotlights Secular Coalition for America
Read the full article here [offsite; may require registration] "Local and national atheist organizations have flourished in recent years, fed by outrage over the Bush administration’s embrace of the religious right ... These groups, once rivals, are now pooling resources to lobby in Washington for separation of church and state [through the Secular Coalition for America]." Read more »
Constitutional-Scholar-in-Chief Highlights American Secular Values
For Immediate Release: April 8, 2009 Contact: Anne Singer, 202-271-4679
Washington, DC – The Secular Coalition for America heartily endorses the words spoken by President Barack Obama during a press conference in Turkey this week: "One of the great strengths of the United States is ... we do not consider ourselves a Christian nation or a Jewish nation or a Muslim nation; we consider ourselves a nation of citizens who are bound by ideals and a set of values." Read more »
The creationists on the Texas State Board of Education were only partially successful in their efforts to impose "teaching the controversy" of evolution on the state's science standards (see The New York Times, Split Outcome in Texas Battle on Teaching of Evolution [may require registration]). They were, however, highly successful in demonstrating their religious bigotry.
One Board member, Ken Mercer, said he was praying for fellow members whose acceptance of evolution he blames on the influence of "atheists and secular humanists," as if such people are the bad seeds, a dark movement set on corrupting all things American. But the fact is, "atheist" and "humanist" are, like "Christian" or "Jew," the chosen identities of millions of Americans: soldiers, teachers, engineers, doctors, parents, politicians, and - yes - Texans.
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