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NC Supreme Court Upholds Religious School Vouchers

Photo credit: Asheville Citizen-Times
We urge the General Assembly to defund the "Opportunity Scholarship Program"

The Secular Coalition for North Carolina is deeply disappointed in last week's North Carolina Supreme Court ruling (PDF) upholding the state's "Opportunity Scholarship Program." The partisan 4-3 decision clears the way for the diversion this school year of more than $10 million in public funds to private, predominately religious and unaccredited schools with no requirements for curriculum, certification of teachers, or minimum instructional time. 

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Secular Coalition for South Carolina Condemns Senseless Shootings in Charleston Church

The Secular Coalition for South Carolina offers our deepest sympathies to the families and friends of the victims who lost their lives in the horrific shooting at Emanuel AME church in Charleston last night. State Senator Clementa Pinckney is among the dead. Pinckney has been in the SC Senate since 2000 and was co-sponsor of a state bill aiming to require police to wear body cameras. We condemn this act of violence and hope the shooter is quickly apprehended and brought to justice.

Statement on Passage of NC Religious Recusal Law

Chad Biggs and Chris Creech were the first gay couple to be wed in Wake County
From the Secular Coalition for North Carolina.

The Secular Coalition for North Carolina is disappointed that our legislature has chosen to undermine our secular government by allowing officials to pick and choose whether to follow the law “based upon any sincerely held religious objection.” While clearly targeted at discriminating against same-sex couples, the “Magistrates Recusal of Civil Ceremonies” law is worded so broadly that magistrates and deputy registers of deeds will also be able to opt out of performing their duties if they object to interracial marriages, interfaith marriages, or marriages involving a divorced person or secu Read more about Statement on Passage of NC Religious Recusal Law

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