Secular States News


Lobby Day Table
By Susanne Werner, Chair SCNC

The second annual Lobby Day at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh was a resounding success with a well visited Lobby Table and a heavily scheduled day of meetings for our five excellent lobbyists, Kim Ellington, Chris Kaman, Matt Lindauer, Michael Werner, and Susanne Werner.  This year we selected the specific legislators of our Lobby Day participants in order to approach them as constituents who represent the 18% of North Carolina ”nones” (those who self-identify as having no religious association). Read more about REPORT ON SCNC LOBBY DAY, April 14, 2015

NC Religious Freedom Restoration Act Bad for Business

The Bible - not a license to discriminate
The Indiana experience should be a teaching moment for the North Carolina General Assembly.

SB 346 Would Repeal Religious Exemptions for Immunizations in NC


Secular Coalition Condemns Senseless Murders in Chapel Hill, NC

Deah Shaddy Barakat, Yusor Mohammad, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha (via Twitter)
Secular groups respond to senseless murders in Chapel Hill.

Op-Ed: A voucher system that allows school discrimination cannot stand in NC

The following op-ed on NC's "Opportunity Scholarship Program," written by Matthew Lindauer for the Secular Coalition for North Carolina, was published in the Raleigh News and Observer on Feb 9.

Judge Robert Hobgood's August 2014 decision ruling the N.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program unconstitutional will be heard at the N.C. Supreme Court on Feb. 17. The Opportunity Scholarship Program should be repealed as it permits private schools to discriminate against student applicants and it relieves the North Carolina General Assembly of its constitutional responsibility to provide free and equal education to our state's youth. Read more about Op-Ed: A voucher system that allows school discrimination cannot stand in NC

Help Us Remove the Atheist Ban from the North Carolina Constitution

Todd Stiefel
"It's discriminatory, offensive and unconstitutional."

'Godless? So are we!' Atheists begin holiday ad campaign

BY TOM MOONEY [email protected] PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Just in time for Christmas — an atheist recruitment drive. A group calling itself the Rhode Island Coalition of Reason has begun advertising on RIPTA buses a message that “ if you are a Rhode Island nonbeliever, know that you are not alone,” explains Tony Houston, coordinator for the coalition.