Select 2012-2017 Media Coverage


October 12, 2018 - 'I love him so much I can hardly explain it': Evangelical leaders praise Trump after pastor's release

Human rights groups view the activity with deep suspicion and say the DOJ task force in particular could lead to government-sanctioned discrimination based on religious grounds. "It's a very dangerous move," said Matt Dann, director of government affairs at the Secular Coalition for America. "We think they're paving the way for some broad-based religious exemptions."

The Wall Street Journal 

September 8, 2018 - Nonbelievers Seek Political Power to Match Their Growing Numbers

"Nones," as nonbelievers are sometimes called, are looking for the same type of respect. "We want the political establishment to see us as a group they need to make pit stops for," said Sarah Levin, director of grassroots and community programs at the Secular Coalition for America. To reach that goal, groups involved in the Secular America Votes campaign are searching for nonbelievers in areas where they may be likely to gather.

BuzzFeed News

August 8, 2018 - The Justice Department Is Keeping Secrets About Its New Religious Liberty Task Force

"Casey Brescia, a spokesperson for the Secular Coalition for America, told BuzzFeed News the Justice Department did not reach out to his organization, as the Obama Administration did with its religious initiatives. And just as the Constitution protects religious exercise, he noted, it also guarantees that religion cannot be imposed on secular Americans. 'Sessions is twisting the concept of religious liberty and weaponizing it, using it to assert a political agenda that is the exact opposite of what it was intended for,' he said."

State of Belief Radio 

August 6, 2018 - Religious Freedom For Me, Not For Thee

Attorney General Sessions is known for regularly siding with adherents of a particular brand of religion over the rest of us, making a de facto - and unconstitutional - hierarchy of belief. Critics have pointed out that the task force will clearly be used to promote Sessions' personal brand of Christian nationalism, at the expense of other religious practices and personal value systems treasured by Americans. State of Belief host Rev. Welton Gaddy will speak with Mark Dann, director of Governmental Affairs at the Secular Coalition for America.

Texas Observer

June 23, 2018 - Growing Secular Movement Could Indicate Change in Political Tide - Even in Texas

"The future of American voters is secular." So said Sarah Levin of the Washington, D.C., nonprofit Secular Coalition of America, speaking to a standing-room-only crowd at the Texas Democratic Party Convention in Fort Worth Friday.

Navy Times

March 26, 2018 - No ‘atheist' chaplains, lawmakers tell Navy

"The facts speak for themselves - the Navy Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory Board recommended the approval of a qualified humanist chaplain," Casey Brescia, spokesman for the Secular Coalition for America told Navy Times. "Yet despite their recommendation, members of Congress needlessly inserted themselves into the process and took extraordinary steps to halt the confirmation of what would have been the military's first humanist chaplain. It is absolutely reprehensible that members of Congress would expend so much energy just to ensure that nontheist service members, wearing the uniform of the United States Navy, are denied access to a humanist chaplain."

Deseret News 

March 7, 2018- Religious 'nones' could shake up American politics - but many roadblocks stand in their way

In 2016, religiously unaffiliated Americans, or "nones," represented 21 percent of registered voters, one percentage point more than white evangelical Christians. However, they only accounted for 15 percent of actual voters, according to Pew Research Center and national exit polls..."We want to be seen as a powerhouse constituency," said Sarah Levin, director of grass-roots and community programs at the Secular Coalition for America.


January 24, 2018- Mississippi Democrat Credell Calhoun Wants Teachers To Recite The 10 Commandments Every Day

The Secular Coalition for America's Senior Legislative Rep. Sarah Levin spoke on a panel about the dangers of having religious symbols, like the Ten Commandments, in legislative settings that are funded by taxpayers. "Whenever we have the government involved and taxpayer money involved, I think that's where we really need to think about the separation," she explained.

USA Today

January 19, 2018- New federal office to protect consciences, religious objections of health care professionals

"No one's medical choices should be limited by somebody else's religious beliefs. We expect our doctors to prescribe us medical care based on their professional expertise, not their religious opinions," said Larry Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America in a statement. "This action will undermine the trust between patient and doctor, inserting religion into a conversation that should be based on medical science and the best interests of the patient."

The Washington Post

January 19, 2018- HHS is targeting health workers' religious objections. Here's why.

Some critics also fear that the language used on the office's website could be interpreted broadly to include services more than abortions or sterilizations. The Secular Coalition for America denounced the decision, saying in a statement that the new office threatens to undermine trust between doctors and patients. "This move by the Trump administration does not protect conscience but instead weaponizes it, turning religious belief into yet another barrier between vulnerable patients and the health care they need," said Larry T. Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition. "The right to conscience does not include the right to impose your conscience on others."

The Hill 

January 16, 2018Religious Freedom Day - practicing your religion is not a license to discriminate against other

If an atheist and a Catholic walked into a bar, how do you think their conversation would go? It is safe to assume that after a few pints they would turn to issues that spark spirited disagreement. The existence of God in the Holy Eucharist as eternal truth or manmade fiction. The veneration of the Virgin Mary, the list goes on. Nevertheless, this atheist and Catholic do agree on one thing - the right to religious freedom.

Religion News Service 

January 3, 2018- Hurricane-damaged houses of worship can receive FEMA aid

After lawsuits and a Supreme Court decision, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has issued a new policy extending disaster relief to churches, synagogues and other congregations...And Larry T. Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, said: "A government that truly values religious freedom can never be in the business of building churches."

Roll Call

December 6, 2017- Politicking by Churches Fight Mixes With Tax, Spending Debates

Sarah Levin, Senior Legislative Representative with the Secular Coalition for America, which opposes changes to the Johnson Amendment, said churches and charities can already produce voter guides on policy issues. "We're focusing on the conferees and really trying to make the case that this should not be a bargaining chip, this should be a nonstarter," she said.

The Huffington Post

November 3, 2017- Secular Advocates Raise The Alarm On Republican Tax Reform Bill

Still, the proposed changes constitute a substantial departure from a tax policy that many secular advocates believe to be fundamental to the separation of church and state. Larry T. Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, said in a statement: "Religious nonprofits are already exempt from taxes and financial transparency. The repeal of the Johnson Amendment would bestow churches with unprecedented power and exempt them from all accountability to the taxpayers and the parishioners who fill their coffers."

The Washington Post

November 2, 2017- The Republicans' tax bill would let ministers endorse political candidates

Larry T. Decker, the executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, called the proposal in a statement "a brazen attack on the separation of church and state."

The Huffington Post

November 1, 2017 - Roy Moore Says Religious Liberty ‘Comes From God,' Not The Constitution

Moore's expressed preference for Christian principles and individuals has led many secular advocates to warn of the dangers his election to the Senate to pose to religious liberty."The centerpiece of Roy Moore's political campaign is a commitment to Christian supremacy," Larry T. Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, said in a September statement. "Throughout his career and his campaign, Judge Moore has flaunted his disregard for the Constitution and unapologetically asserted that his religious beliefs must take precedence over the law."

The Guardian 

October 16, 2017- Inside the sprawling, controversial $500m Museum of the Bible

Casey Brescia, a spokesman for the Secular Coalition for America, added: "Steve Green absolutely has the right to open a Bible museum. That's of no concern to us. What we would be worried about, as we've seen with the Creation Museum in Kentucky, is that he'll try to get taxpayer money to pay for it. By claiming that the museum is intended to ‘educate' rather than evangelise, it's possible that Green is hoping the museum will become a field trip destination for public schools. That would be unconstitutional."

Religion News Service 

October 4, 2017- After Las Vegas mass shooting, calls for prayer, action on gun control

"My heart goes out to all those impacted by this senseless act of violence. When tragedies like the Las Vegas massacre occur, the political and religious barriers that too often divide us break down and we come together to mourn as Americans. This moment presents all of us with the opportunity to be there for one another as we try to come to terms with what happened yesterday."

The Huffington Post 

September 27, 2017- Why Secular Advocates Say Alabama GOP Senate Pick Is Dangerous

The former judge's unabashed religious views and apparent disregard for the legal establishment have won hearts in the overwhelmingly Christian Alabama. But they have also raised a red flag for secular advocates who work to uphold the separation of church and state. "The centerpiece of Roy Moore's political campaign is a commitment to Christian supremacy," Larry T. Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, said in a statement. "Throughout his career and his campaign, Judge Moore has flaunted his disregard for the Constitution and unapologetically asserted that his religious beliefs must take precedence over the law."

The Friendly Atheist

September 16, 2017- The House Has Passed Legislation That Could Turn Churches Into SuperPACs

According to the Secular Coalition for America's Executive Director Larry T. Decker, "... The only supporters of this crusade against the Johnson Amendment are a select few Members of Congress who are doing the bidding of the fringe leaders of the religious right. The Secular Coalition for America will not stand by while the integrity of our political system is comprised for the benefit of religious fundamentalists who want to engage in partisan electioneering on the taxpayer's dime."

Think Progress

September 15, 2017- The House just passed a bill that could politicize churches

"Members of Congress had ample opportunities to strike [the provision] from this bill; when it was debated at the sub-committee level, at the full committee level, when Congresswoman Wasserman Schultz offered an amendment to cut it from the bill, and when it was on the floor of the House of Representatives," Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America, said in a statement.


August 7, 2017- ‘Nones' want to join Evangelicals with seat at Trump's table

Casey Brescia, Communications Associate and Spokesman for the Secular Coalition for America, said that while Obama was "incredibly inclusive to the secular community" and consistent about "mentioning people of no faith in positive terms," "the silence we've received from them (the Trump administration) is surprising and troubling."

The David Pakman Show

August 3, 2017- Churches May Soon Be Tax-Exempt AND Allowed to Be Political

Sarah Levin, Senior Legislative Associate for the Secular Coalition for America, joins David to discuss Donald Trump's plan to repeal the "Johnson Amendment" that prohibits non-profit organizations, including religious institutions, from opposing political candidates.

State of Belief Radio 

July 22, 2017- Secular Coalition for America Senior Legislative Associate Sarah Levin on defending the Johnson Amendment

Host Rev. Welton Gaddy will be joined by Sarah Levin, Senior Legislative Associate at the Secular Coalition for America, to discuss the importance of defending the Johnson Amendment, which prevents all charities - from churches and synagogues to the Girl Scouts and Red Cross - from using tax-deductible contributions for partisan electioneering.

The Friendly Atheist Blog 

July 13, 2017- Atheists to U.S. House Appropriations Committee: Don't Gut the Johnson Amendment

The Secular Coalition for America and 10 of its member groups sent a letter to the U.S. House Committee on Appropriations today urging them to remove a provision in the proposed budget bill that would gut the Johnson Amendment and let tax-exempt churches endorse candidates from the pulpit without consequences.

Religion News Service 

June 19, 2017- Athena Salman, atheist legislator, on secular values and godless invocations

Last week, Salman, 28, was in the nation's capital to receive an award from the Secular Coalition for America, an umbrella organization of 18 atheist, humanist and freethought groups, which saluted her for standing up for "secular values," including the separation of church and state.

Deseret News 

June 5, 2017- Supreme Court rules unanimously in favor of faith-affiliated health care systems

"The court's ruling will leave religious employers uniquely exempt from a longstanding federal regulation and religious employees without the protection of a much needed financial safeguard. We cannot allow religious belief to become a free pass from any laws an organization finds inconvenient or burdensome," said Larry Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, in a statement.

The Washington Post

May 4, 2017Trump signs order seeking to allow churches to engage in more political activity

Nonreligious groups also support the Johnson Amendment, which applies broadly to charities, not just churches. The Secular Coalition for America called the executive order Thursday "an unprecedented attack on the separation of church and state by a sitting president."

Roll Call

May 4, 2017- Trump Takes Aim at Controversial Birth Control Mandate

"It is deeply troubling that the White House would elevate religious employers further above the law by relaxing the enforcement of this already generous accommodation," said Larry Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition. "With the stroke of his pen, President Trump has proclaimed that a woman's access to affordable contraception depends on the religious beliefs of her employer." 

Roll Call

May 4, 2017- Trump Order Could Lure Churches into Dark Money Politics

The new order "will bestow churches with unprecedented political power," said Casey Brescia, a spokesman for the Secular Coalition. "Politicians could funnel untold sums of money into churches, and it would all be completely untraceable."

The Atlanta-Journal Constitution 

February 21, 2017- Every Day Is Sunday: As atheism rises, nonbelievers find one another 

The Washington, D.C.-based Secular Coalition for America, for instance, boasts 29,000 people on its mailing list and more than 130,000 followers on its various social media accounts. Its followers include atheists, agnostics, humanists and other nonbelievers or those who aren't sure of the presence of a higher spirit.

The New Republic 

February 16, 2017- Trump and the Republicans Are Redefining "Religious Freedom" to Favor Christians

"They don't have a damn clue what religious freedom means," Decker of the Secular Coalition said. "They have bastardized the expression and the definition of it to suggest the only thing that creates real religious freedom is privileging Christianity in this country."

The Buffalo News

February 2, 2017- Trump vows to 'destroy' limits on churches' support of candidates

Several legal experts, including Herzig, noted a potential downside to allowing churches to operate like political action committees: Because churches are not required to make the same disclosures as PACs, campaign funding funneled through churches could be less transparent."The repeal of the Johnson Amendment would unleash a new wave of dark money into the political system," said Larry T. Decker, president of the Secular Coalition for America.

The Hill

February 2, 2017- GOP lawmakers offer bill to repeal law restricting churches' political activity

Meanwhile, the Secular Coalition for America on Thursday argued that the Johnson Amendment should stay in place.
"The repeal of the Johnson Amendment would unleash a new wave of dark money into the political system, effectively transforming houses of worship into the equivalent of religious Super PACS," said Larry T. Decker, the coalition's president.


February 2, 2017- On Gorsuch, it's evangelicals vs. atheists

Since November 8, hundreds of first-time donors have contributed to the Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group that represents 19 secular and atheist groups, said Larry Decker, the coalition's president. Annual donors have increased the size of their gifts as well.

The Washington Post

February 1, 2017- Neil Gorsuch belongs to a notably liberal church - and would be the first Protestant on the Court in years

Religious groups of varying political persuasions expressed their opinions of Gorsuch's nomination on Tuesday and Wednesday. Liberal faith groups and nontheistic groups including the Union for Reform Judaism, the Secular Coalition for America and the Freedom from Religion Foundation voiced strong concerns.

Religion News Service

February 1, 2017- ‘Evangelicals are ecstatic': Reactions to Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch

"The nomination of Judge Gorsuch by President Trump signals a clear intent by the Administration to shape the nation's highest court in an ideological fashion that threatens religious liberty and pushes an agenda at odds with the majority of Americans."

Religion News Service 

January 3, 2016- Religious makeup of the new Congress overwhelmingly Christian

The nones make up 23 percent of all Americans, according to Pew, but just 0.2 percent of Congress: Only Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat from Arizona, describes herself as religiously unaffiliated. That's "literally 100 times" as many religiously unaffiliated Americans as there are religiously unaffiliated members of Congress, pointed out Casey Brescia, communications associate for the Secular Coalition for America.

Religion News Service 

November 30, 2016- Trump advisers: The faith factor

Sen. Lamar Alexander, the Republican chairman of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, has called her an "excellent choice" for the role. But Casey Brescia, communications director for the lobbying group Secular Coalition for America, writes that by selecting DeVos, "the incoming Trump Administration intentionally might have gone out of it's way to choose a candidate that would reward the religious right for their unwavering loyalty during the campaign."

Point of Inquiry

November 14, 2016- Trump's Victory and the Challenge to a Secular America, with Larry Decker

The religiously unaffiliated, also known as the "nones," are currently the largest "faith" demographic in the country. Yet evangelicals beat them two to one in turnout at the polls.

Religion News Service

November 13, 2016- Dealt a body blow, atheists and humanists regroup

"Our eyes are now on the midterm elections," said Sarah Levin, senior legislative representative for the Secular Coalition for America, a lobby that represents 19 atheist, humanist and freethought groups in Washington, D.C. "We are going to double-down. We really have to."

The DCist

November 1, 2016- D.C. Council Passes Right-To-Die Bill

"Today we are celebrating a historic victory for human dignity and individual freedom in our nation's capital," said Sarah Levin, a senior legislative representative of the Secular Coalition for America, said in a statement.

USA Today

November 1, 2016- D.C. Council OKS right-to-die bill

The move was called a victory by the Secular Coalition for America. "Today we are celebrating a historic victory for human dignity and individual freedom in our nation's capital," the website quoted Sarah Levin, the coalition's senior legislative representative, as saying.

Religion News Service

October 27, 2016- Clinton or Trump? The choice is unclear for some atheists

"Atheists are very diverse in their political beliefs and, frankly, I think we have to recognize that we are not just a movement made up of liberal Democrats," said Larry Decker, executive director of Secular Coalition for America, a lobby that represents more than a dozen atheist, humanist and secular groups.

Deseret News 

August 24, 2016- Atheists release 'report card' for Trump and Clinton. Here are their grades

Atheist activists have released a presidential report card for Republican candidate Donald Trump and Democratic contender Hillary Clinton, rating both politicians based on a series of secular values.


August 17, 2016- Proposed Michigan law would allow doctor-assisted suicide

"It is no coincidence that every effort to block death with dignity legislation is led by churches and religious organizations, who want to see their specific beliefs imposed on others as law," said Larry T. Decker, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "No one should be forced to live or die according to someone else's beliefs. We're not asking lawmakers to grant a personal stamp of approval on the decision to end one's life. We're simply asking them to respect a terminally ill individual's right to make the choice that's best for them."


August 17, 2016- Michigan House considers death with dignity act

Andrew Franks, the co-chair of our Secular Coalition for Michigan, discusses a new death with dignity bill that our chapter helped get introduced. 


August 5, 2016- Discussing the DNC email leaks and the stigma against atheists

An interview with our Executive Director Larry T. Decker discussing the recent DNC email leaks and the growing influence of nonreligious voters.


July 27, 2016- Here's what it's like being an atheist in the Democratic Party

Larry Decker, the group's director, told Circa that there are more openly non-religious people at this year's DNC than ever before. "This is the first time we've really had a presence at a convention," he said. "The party has seen a great deal of progress."

Lexington Herald 

July 7, 2016- Protesters decry tax breaks for Ark park that hires only Christians

Larry Decker traveled from Washington, D.C. Thursday to stand for hours at a muddy Northern Kentucky interstate exit in heat and rain. As the director of the Secular Coalition for America, he felt it was imperative that he make the trip to protest the opening of Ark Encounter.

San Antonio Express 

June 18, 2016- God and politics at the Alamodome

That's why the Secular Caucus at this weekend's Texas Democratic Convention was so intriguing. It marked the first time that a major political party in the United States allowed a "nontheist" organization to host a caucus at a convention, and it drew a surprisingly big crowd of more than 200 Democrats at the Alamodome on Friday morning.

Houston Chronicle 

June 17, 2016- Secularists to hold 'first ever' caucus at Texas Dem convention

Citing statistics showing that more than one-fourth of Democrats are "nonreligious," the Secular Coalition of Texas will stage the nation's first "Secular Caucus" at this weekend's Texas Democratic Convention in San Antonio.

Voice of America

June 4, 2016- 'Reason Rally' Highlights Non-religious Voting Bloc

Larry Decker, executive director of Secular Coalition of America, said members of the secular group met with more than 300 members in the Senate and House of Representatives to express their views.


June 4, 2016 - Thousands of atheists gather in DC for 'Reason Rally'

Larry Decker, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, said his group scheduled meetings with more than two thirds of the members of Congress, whom they hope to lobby on behalf of secular values. They also hope to soften some of the social stigma still attached to the "atheist" label.

The Wall Street Journal 

June 3, 2016 - Secular Voters Raise Their Voices

In Washington on Thursday and Friday, activists fanned out on Capitol Hill to lobby for comprehensive sex education. The Secular Coalition of America trained and arranged for a few hundred people to push for legislation that would replace funding for abstinence-until-marriage programs that religious groups favor with comprehensive sex ed including discussion of birth-control methods.

The Huffington Post

March 30, 2016- Mississippi Bill Would Let Churches Create Armed Security Squads

The Mississippi Senate just passed a bill that would allow churches to train members to carry guns and act as security guards during religious services - and exempt them from legal action if they use their weapons.

The Houston Chronicle 

February 19, 2016- Nonbelievers a growing political force in both numbers and dollars

Consisting of atheists, agnostics and the religiously unaffiliated, the nones are experiencing exponential growth and, their supporters believe, may be poised to become a bruising, anti-evangelical political force. 

Religion News Service

January 13, 2016- New head of major secular group is a Christian

The Secular Coalition for America, a lobbying group with atheist, humanist and other nonbeliever member organizations, has hired a Christian as its new executive director.Larry Decker, 40, was raised in an independent Baptist church but now identifies as a "none" - one of the 23 percent of Americans who say they are religiously unaffiliated, according to the Pew Research Center. Like the majority of nones, Decker is not an atheist; he still identifies as a Christian, albeit a nominal one.


September 28, 2015 - Do We Always Need a Religious President?

Kelly Damerow of the Secular Coalition for America told InsideSources that voters shouldn’t assume they know much about a politician based on the church he or she attends. “They use a candidate’s religious affiliation as a quick-and-dirty litmus test even though there’s no real correlation there,” she said. “Simply identifying with having religious belief or not having religious belief doesn’t determine whether you are an honest person, a trustworthy person, or a moral person." Damerow added that atheists believe in “being good for goodness sake,” and she’s glad that opposition to candidates based on any form of religious discrimination seems to be fading away, albeit gradually. Read more

August 4, 2015 - Non-Religious Group Focuses On Oregon's Vaccine Exemptions
The Secular Coalition for America wants to repeal Oregon’s non-medical vaccine exemption. Spokeswoman Sarah Levin said religious and philosophical exemptions endanger people with frail immune systems. “When it comes to public health our policies must be based on science, and evidence and research alone, not religious or personal beliefs,” said Levin. Read more

New York Times
May 30, 2015 - Wanted: A Theology of Atheism
“Many atheists are still in the closet,” said Nichelle Reed of Sunday Assembly. Nonbelievers like her hope that if they emphasize good works over grand argument, they can convince the bigots that atheists are decent human beings. Kelly Damerow, the interim executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, said that there is little discussion of moral philosophy among the activists she works with. “We get it. We know we’re good to each other,” she told me. “We would rather show people that we’re good.” Read more

Religion News Service
May 28, 2015 - Can There be an Atheist Vote? Nonreligious Sets Sights on 2016
“It’s easy to ignore 2, 3 or 4 percent of the population,” said Kelly Damerow, interim director of Secular Coalition for America, who met with Vitter’s staff in April 2013. “But with this state-by-state breakdown we can now go into their offices and say, ‘Here’s your state.’ It’s hard to ignore almost 1 in 5 people.” Read more

Fox News
May 21, 2015 - Study Finds Number of Evangelical Christians on the Rise
At about the one minute mark in the video, the Secular Coalition's Diana Castillo talks about the tremendous growth of the religiously unaffiliated. Read more

BBC News
May 12, 2015 - US Christians Numbers Decline Sharply Poll Finds
Pew Research Center found that 71% of Americans identified as Christian in 2014 - down from 78% in 2007. In the same period, Americans identifying as having no religion grew from 16% to 23%. Read more

Washington Post
May 3, 2015 - A Senator's Faith -- and Humility
The secular coalition invited [Senator] Coons to speak [at the Secular Coalition 2015 Lobby Day] because, as he said of himself last Thursday night, he is “dedicated to the separation of church and state and to the equal protection under the Constitution, which I swore to uphold, whether you are religious or secular." Read more

The Washington Times
January 5, 2015 - Atheists urge lawmakers to reject Bible for swearing-in ceremonies
The Secular Coalition for America asked members of Congress to reject using religious texts such as the Bible or Torah to swear into office Tuesday, urging them to instead use the Constitution — or nothing at all. Read more.

The Los Angeles Times
December 7, 2014 - Patriotic Americans have the right not to believe in any God
We'd like to see more public officials recognize that reality; one way of doing that is to include nonreligious speakers in solemn public events. (That wasn't done when public officials, including Obama, came together last year to honor the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, despite a request that the speakers include a representative from the Secular Coalition for America.) Read more.

The Washington Post
November 5, 2014 - Election night was a long one for atheist voters
Both men had the support of several nontheist groups, including the Secular Coalition for America and American Atheists. In his concession speech, Woods described his loss as something of a win. Read more.

Psychology Today
October 4, 2014 - Opponents are Reacting to the 'Atheist Lobby'
The “A Rating” to which the billboard refers comes from the Secular Coalition for America, a coalition of over a dozen atheist and humanist groups from around the country that have joined forces to urge legislators to protect church-state separation and the rights of nonbelievers. Read more.

Religion News Service
September 23, 2014 - Secularism takes over religion newswriters
But about half the exhibitors in the hall of the convention center represented one or another form of secularist activism, including the venerable Center for Inquiry, the American Humanist Association, American Atheists (“A Non-Prophet Organization”), the Secular Coalition for America, and the Secular Student Alliance. Read more.

The Washington Post
July 21st 2014 - United Church of Bacon: May the Lard be with you
We teamed up with the Secular Coalition for America at the American Atheists National Convention in April and raised over $23,600. Read more.

The Washington Post 
July 17, 2014 - Hobby Lobby protesters ‘Knit a Brick’
Did the Hobby Lobby decision make you so mad you could knit a brick? That’s the question behind a new protest spearheaded by the Secular Coalition for America, an umbrella advocacy organization of more than a dozen atheist and humanist groups. Read more.  

The Sun Chronicle
July 11th 2014 - Secular Coalition for Massachusetts plans Hobby Lobby protest in Seekonk 
The coalition will gather on the sidewalk at 165 Highland Ave. to protest the recent decision by the Supreme Court favoring Hobby Lobby’s right that found companies can cite religious beliefs to avoid covering some or all contraceptives in employee health plans. Read more.

June 30th 2014 - Stores Can Be Anti-Abortion Christians, Supreme Court Rules
Professional advocates were similarly split. Atheists, of course, were upset; Amanda Metskas, the president of the Secular Coalition for America, said in a statement that “this is a sad day for anyone who believes in true religious freedom. Read more.

The Washington Post
May 9th, 2014 -Supreme Court Prayer Ruling May Spur New Alliances
“Not only does this rally the full spectrum of nontheists, it angers many Americans who are part of a minority religion and also many Christians who believe firmly in the separation of  religion and government,” said Edwina Rogers, executive director of Secular Coalition for America, an umbrella group that lobbies on behalf of more than a dozen nontheist groups, including American Atheists. Read more.

The Huffington Post
May 5th, 2014 -Supreme Court Legislative Prayer Ruling Criticized by Religious Groups
The Secular Coalition for America, which is comprised of over fifteen member organizations for atheists, humanists, agnostics, and freethinkers, issued a statement criticizing the ruling. Read more.

Washington Times
April 2nd, 2014 - Congress still failing but improving on church-state issues, advocates say 
Congress has earned a failing grade from a secular advocacy group that, nonetheless, expresses optimism that lawmakers are learning to discern the sometimes blurred line between church and state. Using an A-to-F scale, the Secular Coalition For America graded the House and the Senate, awarding 42 As and 315 Fs among the 113th Congress‘ 535 members. Read more.

Washington Post
April 1st, 2014 - Secular Coalition flunks most members of Congress on church-state report card  
If some secular organizations had their way, much of the current class of lawmakers would flunk out of Congress. The Secular Coalition for America, an umbrella organization of 13 nontheistic groups including American Atheists and The Freedom From Religion Foundation, issued a “report card” on members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate based on their votes on recent legislation involving church-state issues. Read more. 

Huffington Post
April 1st, 2014 - Atheist Group's Report Card Flunks Congress, Gives Elizabeth Warren Perfect Score  
While 58 percent of Congress as a whole received a failing grade, a larger share of the House of Representatives, 62 percent, received an “F” based on their votes on 14 bills, including the FEMA Funding For Churches resolution and the Military Religious Freedom Protection Act. Thirty-five House members, or 8 percent, received an “A.” Read more.

Real Clear Politics
February 9, 2014 - Nonbeliever PAC Gets Into the Midterm Game 
Back in November, when podiatrist Lee Rogers was being interviewed as a potential endorsee by the Freethought Equality Fund PAC, the California congressional candidate was surprised by what he learned about the fledgling political action committee.” Read more.

The Washington Times
January 16, 2014 - Obama offers shout-out to atheists on Religious Freedom Day
"For the first time, President Obama included atheists in his annual observance of Religious Freedom Day. In a proclamation marking the occasion, Mr. Obama said that “America embraces people of all faiths and of no faith.” Read more.

December 24, 2013 - Holidays with the Secular Coalition
"Offices all across Washington are sprinkled with holiday paraphernalia: Nativity scenes, candles, Christmas trees, menorahs and so on. The downtown office of the Secular Coalition of America, however, is a bit more bare." Read more.

December 9, 2013 - 
The Last Taboo
"It's harder to come in America to come out as an atheist politician than a gay one. Why?" Read more.

December 3, 2013 - Atheists in Foxholes Want Chaplains Too
"As the U.S. Senate renews debate on the National Defense Authorization Act, secularists are pushing lawmakers to add an amendment to the bill that would permit non-religious chaplains in the military." Read more.

Washington Post
November 22, 2013 - Atheists in the military need chaplains, too
"This summer the House finally passed its version of the National Defense Authorization Act, catapulting military issues to the forefront of public debate. Among these issues was the question of Humanist chaplains in the military. Currently nearly 30 percent of the military identifies as religiously unaffiliated or atheist/agnostic. Yet there is not a single atheist or Humanist chaplain to serve these brave men and women who make incredible sacrifices to protect our freedoms every day."
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Washington Post
September 18, 2013 - Atheists and humanists launch Freethought Equality Fund PAC
"On a larger scale, the new PAC reflects a long-term strategy among nonreligious activists to increase their profile in Washington; last year the Secular Coalition for America hired Edwina Rogers, a veteran Republican lobbyist, as its executive director, in part to open doors on Capitol Hill."
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Raw Story
July 24, 2013 - House Republicans vote to ban nonbelievers from serving as military chaplains
“Chaplains for nontheistic military service members are absolutely crucial for so many men and women who are serving our country,” Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, said in a statement on Wednesday. “Religious chaplains are ill equipped to handle the problems of nontheistic service members and unfortunately, seeking psychiatric help can stigmatize a service member for the rest of their career.” Read more.

Washington Times
June 24, 2013 - Secular Coalition reports progress in White House ties
"The Secular Coalition of America on Monday reported a "positive step" in opening lines of communication between the White House and the "nontheistic community" after the group's executive director and others held a recent meeting with administration officials."

June 8, 2013 - Melissa Harris-Perry Show
Edwina Rogers a Guest on MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry Show. View program here

Los Angeles Times
May 1, 2013 - After Boston memorial, nonbelievers complain about being left out
"Some “non-theist” individuals and groups are aggrieved that not even one seat was reserved for a nonbeliever at the service for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings, despite a request for some recognition from the Secular Coalition for America." Read more.

Washington Post
April 25, 2013 - Atheists postpone protests after Bangladeshi disaster
"The U.S. groups — led by American Atheists and the Secular Coalition for America — decided to continue with protests as originally planned, while the International Humanist and Ethical Union, the U.S. and Canadian branches of the Center for Inquiry, and the British Humanist Association decided to postpone." Read more.

Religion News Service
April 18, 2013 - Atheists at prayer? Thoughts on Boston’s healing

"The Secular Coalition for America posted a statement on its website that it was disappointed that non-theists weren’t represented, noting that at least two of the victim’s on Monday’s bombing were non-believers."

Washington Post
February 13, 2013 - House passes bill to give disaster relief to religious groups
"The House Wednesday (Feb. 13) overwhelmingly passed a bill to allow places of worship to receive federal aid to repair their buildings damaged during Hurricane Sandy. The bill, which garnered strong bipartisan support, is also expected to pass the Senate, and would address what its sponsors consider a discriminatory practice that keeps federal disaster money from religious groups.The Secular Coalition for America, Americans United for Separation of Church and State and like-minded groups urged the House not to pass the bill." Read more.

January 23, 2013 - Group’s goal: Take religion out of politics and policy
"Edwina Rogers, executive director of the Secular Coalition for America, thinks that the decision to take the presidential oath with one hand on a Bible seems a bit outdated." Read more.

Huffington Post
January 17, 2013 - David Niose, Secular Coalition Of America President, On The Decline Of Religion In The U.S. (VIDEO)
"David Niose, president for the Secular Coalition of America and author of "Nonbeliever Nation," joined Ahmed on HuffPost Live to discuss the decline of religion in the U.S." Read more.

Huffington Post
January 17, 2013 - What Does Religious Freedom Mean?
"President Barack Obama declared Wednesday to be Religious Freedom Day, but what does 'religious freedom' mean? And do nonreligious people fit into the picture? The Secular Coalition for America took the president's declaration, one which he makes every year and one in which he typically mentions the nonreligious, to emphasize the separation of church and state and the freedom to not believe in any religion." Read more.

The New York Times
November 9 2012 - Politicians Who Reject Labels Based on Religion
"Although raised a Mormon, Ms. Sinema is often described as a nontheist — and that suits the activists just fine. A blogger for the Secular Coalition for America wrote Thursday that while he was still dispirited by the loss of Representative Pete Stark of California, an open nonbeliever, he was 'emboldened' by the apparent victory of Ms. Sinema, 'an open nontheist.”' Her nonbelief, the blogger, Chris Lombardi, wrote, “was not used to slander her as un-American or suggest that she was unfit for office.'" Read more.

November 8, 2012 - Believe it: Atheists win in a landslide
"An email from the Secular Coalition of America notes some of their highlights from Tuesday, calling it “a big day for the country and for secularists in general.”(This, despite the fact that the only open nontheist in Congress, Pete Stark, lost.)" Read more.

The Washington Post
November 8, 2012 - The’nones’ say 2012 election proves they are a political force
"Last month, Lauren Anderson Youngblood, communications manager for the Secular Coalition for America, approached Broderick Johnson, a senior adviser to the Obama campaign, as they both left a conference on religion and the election...So who, Youngblood asked Johnson, could she reach out to with their concerns about civil rights, access to health care and education? 'He said,’We don’t view you as a constituency,’” Youngblood said. “He said,’We don’t do outreach to that community.’” Read more.

Los Angeles Times
October 18, 2012 - Atheist group gives Obama an unenthusiastic nod over Romney
"There's been a lot of talk about where faith-based groups stand on the issues and the candidates in the presidential campaign, but not so much about the faithless. Now the Secular Coalition for America, an advocacy group for atheists, has issued a report card on the candidates that knocks both major party candidates for injecting religion into politics, but expresses a clear preference for President Obama over Republican nominee Mitt Romney." Read more.

October 17, 2012 - Secular coalition grades presidential candidates
"When judged on their ability to relate to the desires of secular Americans, the presidential candidates aren’t making the grade, according to a large coalition of secular organizations. Looking at their positions on everything from faith’s place in the presidency to where it fits in education, health care and other American priorities, GOP candidate Mitt Romney got an F, President Barack Obama barely got by, earning a C, and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson came out at the top of the class, receiving a B." Read more.

October 16, 2012 - Secular group releases presidential report card
Among the non-believers, they really don’t believe in Mitt Romney, it seems.The Secular Coalition for America released its report card for the presidential candidates today and Mitt Romney did not fare well."
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The Raw Story
October 16, 2012 - Secular group gives Romney a failing grade
"The Secular Coalition for America noted that Romney has insisted the United States is a Christian nation, and thinks the concept of the separation of church and state has been taken “well beyond its original meaning.” Romney has also said his faith would inform his decision as president, was a supporter of the controversial Blunt Amendment, fought for abstinence-only sex education, and promoted government funding for faith-based organizations." Read more.

October 12, 2012 - None of the Above
Secular Coalition for America Communications Manager, Lauren Youngblood featured on PBS' three part series, which focuses on the religiously unaffiliated.

San Diego Reader
October 4, 2012 - Atheist lobby officially launches in California
"The Secular Coalition for America, a new lobbying group for “non-theistic Americans” that announced plans in June to establish a presence throughout the country, has officially launched its California chapter." Read more.

The Washington Post
October 1, 2012 - A case of nonbelief
"The nation’s atheists went to Capitol Hill on Monday to launch an effort that they hope will someday give them the lobbying clout of the Christian conservative movement." Read more.

The Raw Story
September 25, 2012 - Atheists condemn House resolution to reaffirm importance of religion
"The Secular Coalition for America on Tuesday blasted a resolution proposed in the U.S. House of Representatives that 'reaffirms the importance of religion in the lives of United States citizens.'" Read more.

September 11, 2012 - Secular organization troubled by conventions
"In the wake of the Republican and Democratic national conventions, one organization has found something to critique about both of them. The Secular Coalition for America, emboldened by the ambitious agenda of its new head, Edwina Rogers, has outlined its objections to what it witnessed in Tampa and Charlotte and its plans for the campaign season’s final stretch." Read more.

September 5, 2012- Atheists bummed by Democrats' God flip
"Lauren Anderson Youngblood, spokeswoman for the Secular Coalition for America, told POLITICO that America’s founding fathers wanted separation of church and state. 'This is one of our core founding principles — the idea of separating religion and government,' she said. Other atheists were equally critical of the reversal." Read more.

Baltimore Sun

September 5, 2012 - Atheists organizing Maryland lobbying group
"Maryland atheists may soon have a lobbying group of their own. The Secular Coalition for America, a nonprofit that lobbies of behalf of atheists, agnostics, free thinkers and "other nontheistic Americans," announced plans Wednesday to organize a Maryland chapter to advocate in Annapolis for strong separation of church and state." Read more.

USA Today
July 26, 2012 - Poll: Most Americans would vote atheist for president
"Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition for America, knows that first-hand. In 1990, he ran for governor of South Carolina where an old law banned atheists like him from holding public office. Silverman lost — by a landslide — though his candidacy did lead to the repeal of the law by the state's supreme court. Silverman, who tells the story of his run for office in his book "Candidate Without a Prayer," says that to push their approval numbers higher, more atheists need to "come out," just as gays and lesbians have done." Read more. Article also ran on NBC 10 Knoxville and the Huffington Post among other locations.

Christian Post
July 13, 2012 - National Atheist Group Steps Up Lobbying Efforts in All 50 States
"A national atheist organization has ramped up its plan to organize local chapters in all 50 states by setting up a lobbying group in Tennessee, among other locations." Read more.

Columbus Dispatch
July 13, 2012 - Nonreligious lobby group plans first Ohio chapter
"A lobbying group that works to keep religion out of government and increase the visibility of nonreligious citizens wants to establish a volunteer chapter in Ohio." Read more.

The Examiner (Florida)
July 11, 2012 - Atheists register lobbying group to fight church and state issues
"The issue over the separation between church and state has picked up steam ever since the evangelical Christian wing in the Republican party has grown in numbers over the last few years. While evangelical Christians have had multiple platforms to voice their opinions, atheists and non-believers haven't had the same opportunity, until now." Read more.

The Texas Tribune
June 14, 2012 - Atheist Group Takes on the States
"An atheist group — the Secular Coalition for America — is opening a Texas office in January to lobby for 'a strong separation of church and state,' and hopes to open similar offices in the rest of the states. Organizers say they find more "egregious" laws and legislation at the state level than in Washington, D.C." Read more.

NBC (Jacksonville, FL)
June 13, 2012- 11 PM [Watch Video]
"The Secular Coalition for America is forming a florida chapter this month. They will lobby state lawmakers in favor of strong separation of church and state."

San Diego Free Press
June 13, 2012 - The atheists are coming!
"The Secular Coalition for America plans to launch chapters in California and either other states. That should give the local fundies something to rail about." Read more.

San Diego Reader
June 13, 2012- Atheist Lobbying Group to Install California Chapter
"The Secular Coalition for America, a group describing itself as “a lobbying organization representing nontheistic Americans and advocating for a strong separation of religion and government,” has announced plans to launch a chapter in California and eight other states." Read more.

Miami Herald
June 13, 2012 - Fla. atheists organizing, part of national effort
"Florida atheists are organizing to advocate for the separation of church and state.The Secular Coalition of Florida plans to hold an organizing conference call June 26. It's the state chapter of the Secular Coalition for America. The group plans similar chapters in all 50 states." Read more. [This article originally published by the Associated Press and also appeared on Tampa Bay ABC affiliate, Tallahassee ABC affiliate, Channel 7 News Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, the Pendleton Times-Post (Indiana), among other news outlets.]

 The Hill
June 12, 2012 - In God we trust?
"Edwina Rogers refuses to name names. If the executive director of the Secular Coalition for America knows which members of Congress aren’t religious, she isn’t telling. And according to Rogers, 28 of the 535 lawmakers claimed they did not personally believe in a higher power.But only one, Rep. Pete Stark (D-Calif.), has publicly acknowledged his atheist views. The rest are staying mum, and Rogers won’t break their confidence." Read more.

The Raw Story
June 5, 2012- Secular group faces push-back from Kentucky’s unofficial state pastor
"The Secular Coalition for America is opening chapters nationwide to promote the separation of religion and government at the state level. The group has already established two chapters in Alabama and Arizona, and plans to establish another eight in the following days.But in one of those states, Kentucky, the SCA has already received push-back from Brother Lee Watts of God & Country Ministry. Watts, the self-proclaimed “chaplain to the Kentucky state government,” has encouraged Christians to lobby against the group and participate in their conference call on Wednesday."

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Washington Post
May 30, 2012 - Secular Coalition will bring lobbyists to Virginia Capitol by 2013 to advance atheist views
"A national secular group is planning to have a lobbying interest in Virginia by next January with an unabashedly godless agenda. Virginia is among the first group of states the Secular Coalition for America is targeting for opening chapters with trained lobbyists in the statehouses." Read more. [This article was distributed by the Associated Press, and ran in several publications including ABC Richmond affiliate, ABC Lynchburg/Danville affiliate, WTOP, San Antonio Express, The Republic, Democratic Underground, and several others]

Washington Post
May 9, 2012- Nonbelievers flex their political muscles
"The Secular Coalition for America, an umbrella organization that represents 11 nontheistic groups including American Atheists and the American Humanist Association, is looking to take its secular-based activism out of the nation’s capital and into the states.Beginning in June, the Washington-based SCA will install directors in 18 states including Hawaii, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Alabama. State directors will meet with local politicians and train and mobilize local nontheists to lobby on behalf of secular issues and causes." Read more. This article also ran in the Huffington Post and CNN's Belief Blog. 

Christian Post
April 30, 2012- National Day of Reason Set to Compete With 2012 Day of Prayer
Lauren Anderson Youngblood, a spokesperson for the Secular Coalition for America, says the day is mainly about raising awareness and making everyone feel included. "There are a number of laws – many at the state level – that are threatening religious liberty and the separation of religion and government," Youngblood told The Christian Post. "We're not specifically against prayer, yet we wanted to offer an alternative so that many Americans would not feel like second class citizens on a day when the nation is told to pray." Read more.

The Raw Story

April 30, 2012- Rep. Pete Stark recognizes ‘National Day of Reason’
The National Day of Reason was promoted by the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America. The yearly celebration occurs on the first Thursday of May, the same day as the National Day of Prayer. Read more.

March 23, 2012- 'Woodstock For Atheists': A Moment For Nonbelievers
[Lead by the Secular Coalition for America] "...nearly 300 atheists will meet with staffers at the House and Senate this week, partly to lobby and partly to show their numbers." Read more.

March 23, 2012- Atheist organizer takes ‘movement’ to nation’s capital
Read article here.

The Washington Post
March 23, 2012-Reason Rally on National Mall
“'We want people to come out of the closet and show people we can be good without God,' Herb Silverman, president of the Secular Coalition, told the Post’s Michelle Boorstein." Read more.

March 22, 2012-Atheist rally billed as 'coming out' moment for nonbelievers
"The America Atheists also are holding their annual convention in Bethesda, Maryland, and the Secular Coalition for America has scheduled its “Lobby Day for Reason” on Friday." Read more.

Washington Post
March 20, 2012 - Reason Rally, religious freedom rally converge this weekend
"Herb Silverman, a leader of the movement [president of Secular Coalition for America], says the rally symbolizes a new phase of unity. The groups are modeling themselves on the Religious Right and its huge success at setting asides theological differences (say, between conservative Catholics and Protestants) to focus on shared agenda items, such as opposing abortion and the removal of prayer in public schools.'We want people to come out of the closet and show people we can be good without God,' said Silverman, who successfully sued in his home state of South Carolina to eliminate a ban on atheists holding public office." Read more.

USA Today
March 20, 2012 - Atheists to cheer for godless USA at 'Reason Rally'
"...Underwriting the $300,000 price tag for the rally include the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, and the Secular Coalition of America. Sarah Hamilton, 23, of Indianapolis, also has a bus ticket to the rally. She calls herself "a skeptic who understands the scientific method and applies it universally to uncover the what is right and true. Skepticism is like the gateway drug to atheism." Read more.

Roll Call
March 15, 2012- Secularism Supporters Speaking Out
"Beware, y’all. The National Mall will be getting all kinds of godless next week. Secularist groups will make like a revival March 24 on the nation’s front lawn with speeches and music to rally support for, well, secularism. The groups behind the rally include American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance of America, Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science, Secular Student Alliance, Secular Coalition for America, Society for Humanistic Judaism and Washington Area Secular Humanists." Read more.

The Washington Post
January 5, 2012- Candidates rate poorly on secular scorecard
"If kids brought home grades like this, they’d be grounded.The Secular Coalition for America rated all presidential candidates on nine issues, including church-state separation, civil rights, evolution and taxpayer funding of religion.At the bottom of the class is Michele Bachmann, who scored straight F’s before bowing out of the race after the Iowa caucuses. She was followed closely by former Sen. Rick Santorum and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, who both scored a string of F’s and a single C." Read more.
This article also ran in USA Today, The Examiner, and the National Catholic Reporter.

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