Secular Coalition for America Hires Sean Faircloth as Executive Director

For Immediate Release: June 4, 2009
Contact: Jesse Galef, (202) 299-1091

(Washington, D.C., June 4, 2009) The Secular Coalition for America, the nation's leading nontheistic advocacy group, proudly announced the selection of Sean Faircloth as its new executive director today.  Faircloth has been a vocal champion for the separation of church and state throughout his decade of service as an elected official in the Maine Legislature.

"It's a privilege to work for an organization so in line with my beliefs," said Faircloth.  "I've witnessed the very real harm that can occur when Enlightenment principles of reason are abandoned and secular government is undermined.  I look forward to representing the Secular Coalition in standing up for the rights of the millions of nontheists in America."

Faircloth has proven to be a popular and successful leader, being elected by his peers to serve as Majority Whip in 2006.  He received numerous awards of recognition including the 2006 Legislator of the Year Award from the Maine People's Alliance and the 2005 Excellence in Advocacy Award from the American Heart Association's Northeast Affiliate.  Before being elected to the Maine House of Representatives, he founded and managed the Maine Discovery Museum, the largest children's museum in New England outside Boston.  

Secular Coalition President Herb Silverman praised the choice.  "Sean Faircloth will be an excellent addition to the organization.  He has demonstrated the ability to make a positive difference both in government and in his community.  His leadership and experience are exactly what we were looking for in a new executive director."

Faircloth began his duties June 3.


The Secular Coalition for America represents nine national coalition partners who share the view that a secular government offers the best guarantee for freedom of thought and belief for all Americans. It works to protect the civil rights of nontheistic Americans, and lobbies the U.S. Congress and administration on issues of concern to its constituents. The Coalition's Web site is

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