National Secular Movement Update Call
National Secular Movement Update
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A win for our state chapters: Montana's Intelligent Design bill is dead! Following a House Education Committee meeting, at which the Secular Coalition for Montana spoke, HB 183 has been tabled. Labeled as support for "critical thinking," H 183 is a stealth creationsim and intelligent design bill which seeks to teach theological arguments in the public schools science classroom. Furthermore, similar legislation in Colorado has also failed.
The SCA is meeting with the White House Office of Personal Engagement this week to introduce them to the SCA and discuss possible attendance at the Secular Summit. We have meetings set up with Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY),
Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY), and Rep. Susan Brooks (R-IN). This week we sent a letter to all Congressional offices urging them to cosponsor the Darwin Day resolution.
A new, detailed agenda for the Secular Summit and Lobby Day is now available on our websote. If you haven't already registered for the Lobby Day and Secular Summit, register now to secure the early bird rate! Fees increase after February 15th!
Table of Contents:
Please join our movement today! Follow this link to the SCA sign-up page.
II. Secular Events and Calendar
Upcoming Conferences and Events
Other News, Blog Posts, Press Releases
Have something to add to the calendar? Contact [email protected].
VI. SCA State Chapters
VII. Policy and Research Documents
Reminder: The Open Access on-line Research Library at the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society & Culture, Trinity College, Hartford, CT is available to everyone in the movement. Go to www.secularisminstitute.org. This is the academic website for ISSSC. From there you can access (top right) all the reports and materials on the American Religious Identification Survey series since 1990.
Contact Barry Kosmin, Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society with any additions or suggestions for this list at [email protected].
Powerpoints, brochures, scorecards, and other resources are now available on the website. These speeches will be free and available to everyone in the movement. The Secular Coalition is looking for helpful research papers, to link to from our website and to determine where additional research needs to be done. If you are aware of any, please send information to [email protected]
Foundation Beyond Belief (FBB) is now accepting submissions for the FBB Compassionate Humanism Meme Contest. We need your help to spread the word about humanism at work for a better world. If selected, your submission will be made available for use in social and other media. The creator of the top meme, selected by our staff, will receive a $50 Amazon gift certificate. Second and third place will each receive a $25 Amazon gift certificate. FBB reserves the right to designate fewer than three winners (or none).
There's less than a week left! American Humanist Association is encouraging you to urge your representative to support the resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives “expressing support for designation of February 12, 2013, as Darwin Day and recognizing the importance of science in the betterment of humanity.”
Camp Quest 2013 is now open for registration! Registration is now open is open for children aged 8-17. Sign up early for as space is limited, and get a $50 break!
Want to share your organization's efforts with the SCA? Email updates, alerts, announcements or other items you'd like to share with the community to [email protected].
Secular Community Steps Up for South L.A. Scholars. Over the past week, members of the secular community have stepped up mightily and helped Black Skeptics Los Angeles exceed its fundraising goal for the First in the Family Humanist scholarship fund. Because of the generous sponsorship of individuals and organizations like Foundation Beyond Belief, the American Humanist Association, Black Non-Believers of Chicago, Debbie Goddard of African Americans for Humanism and Ian Cromwell of the Crommunist Manifesto, BSLA will be able to offer four $1000 scholarships to college-bound South Los Angeles students.
Foundation Beyond Belief staff will be reaching out to other secular organizations in hopes of incorporating their charity efforts into this report, and to provide a year-end summary of non-theist charity giving. The LLS LTN initiative headed by Todd Stiefel and supported by many national secular organizations has made it extremely likely that non-theists will reach $1 million in organized charitable giving in 2012.
Please contact Dale McGowan at [email protected] if you would like your group's charity effort to be included.
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