According to a 2012 survey by Pew, nearly one-fifth of all Americans, and a third of adults under 30, are religiously unaffiliated. This means that “Nones,” more than 46 million Americans, are the third-‐largest minority “religious” group. We account for more Americans than Buddhists, Jews, Muslims, and Hindus combined. We are also the fastest growing religious affiliation. In the last five years alone, the “Nones” have increased from just over 15% to just under 20% of all U.S. adults.
The percentages are even higher in California. A 2009 survey by Pew showed that 38% of Californians do not express an absolute belief in God and a majority of Californians—52 percent—disagreed that “religion is very important to their lives.”
Despite the fact that there are tens of millions of nontheistic Americans, we remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country. The Secular Coalition for America fights in Washington D.C. against religious privileging on a federal level, yet some of the most egregious violations of separation of church and state are being promoted and passed at a state level. We need your help to see real change in Sacramento and across California.
The Secular Coalition for America has formed state chapters across the country. Our chapters bring together secular Americans in each state to influence government officials, legislation, and regulations at the state level.
About the Secular Coalition for America
The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. We are located in Washington, D.C. for ready access to government, activist partners and the media. Our staff lobbies U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to our constituency.
Our member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. Their purpose in founding the coalition was to formalize a cooperative structure for visible, unified activism to improve the civic situation of citizens with a naturalistic worldview. A number of additional have endorsed our mission statement.
While the Coalition was created expressly by and for nontheistic Americans, we also enthusiastically welcome the participation of religious individuals who share our view that freedom of conscience must extend to people of all faiths and of none. Accordingly, our staff works in cooperation with a variety of other organizations and coalitions where common ground exists on specific issues, and our e-mail Action Alert system is open to all who visit our site.
The Coalition is not an individual membership organization. To join a national or local group, subscribe to publications, or receive information about atheism, humanism, freethought, the secular student movement, secular children's camps, nontheistic military personnel, humanistic Judaism, or Ethical Culture, please visit the Web sites of our member and those of our endorsing organizations.