Council for Secular Humanism Joins Secular Coalition

For Immediate Release: January 14, 2009

The Council for Secular Humanism, one of the leading American organizations representing the nonreligious, has been admitted to membership in the Secular Coalition for America. The Secular Coalition is an advocacy organization for atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers, and other nontheistic Americans. Located in Washington, D.C., the Secular Coalition lobbies both Congress and the Executive Branch on issues of concern to secular Americans.

Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council, expects the Council’s membership in Secular Coalition “will provide significant assistance to the Council in fulfilling its mission to support and advance the interests of the nonreligious.”

Flynn’s sentiments are echoed by Dr. Ronald A. Lindsay, who is President and CEO of the both the Council and its affiliate, the Center for Inquiry. “Joining the Secular Coalition will allow the Council to work effectively with other nontheistic organizations on shared goals, which include achieving a United States in which nontheists have complete social and civil equality.”

The Council for Secular Humanism was founded in 1980 by Dr. Paul Kurtz, a noted philosopher and author. Headquartered in Amherst, New York, it engages in a wide range of activities, most notably the publication of Free Inquiry, a highly respected journal of opinion. It is affiliated with the Center for Inquiry, also headquartered in Amherst, New York.

The Secular Coalition for America was founded in 2002 as a 501 (c) (4) advocacy organization. With a professional staff, it has obtained substantial success in ensuring that secular values are given appropriate consideration by legislators and other government officials.

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