Maine

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 is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight in Washington DC 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 levelWe need your help to see real change in Augusta and across Maine.

The Secular Coalition for America is forming state chapters across the country. Our chapters will bring together secular Americans in each state to influence government officials, legislation, and regulations. A Secular Coalition for America state chapter is unlike any other nontheistic state organization—it brings together interested organizations and individuals for the exclusive purpose of lobbying government officials.

Hobby Lobby Letter

 This letter was submitted to a number of newspapers in Maine on behalf of the state groups supporting the Secular Coalition for Maine. Written by a member of one of these groups, it was approved by the leadership of these orgs. and reflects the concerns we have about the implications for church and state separation. Read more about Hobby Lobby Letter

May Conference Call

The May conference call for the Secular Coalition for Maine is scheduled for Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 pm. 530-881-1400. Participant code 978895. Read more about May Conference Call

Email on HB 1814 and SB 862

I sent the following email to Sen. King and sent similar ones to Sen' Collins and Reps. Pingree and Michaud. I urge others to write to them objecting to the law.

Dear Senator King:

Senate Bill 862 -- We Should Protest

Both Maine Senators, Angus King and Susan Collins, are sponsors of Senate Bill 862, the Senate equivalent of House Bill 1814.  These bills allow anyone asserting a “sincerely held religious belief” opposing health insurance to be exempt from the penalties for not enrolling in required health insurance.  (The House bill was sponsored by both Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud.)  Representative Henry Waxman gave a speech pointing out the obvious potential for abuse. Read more about Senate Bill 862 -- We Should Protest

March 20 Conference Call

The Secular Coalition for Maine monthly conf. call will be March 20 at 6:00 pm. 530-881-1400 participant code 978895. Please join us.The Secular Coalition for Maine monthly conf. call will be tomorrow Feb. 20 at 6:00 pm. 530-881-1400 participant code 978895. Please join us. Read more about March 20 Conference Call

The deadline to register for health insurance is March 31!

The final deadline to register for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Monday, March 31! If you don’t currently have health insurance, be sure to purchase a plan before the deadline, or you may have to pay a fine. There is financial help available to assist those in need. To see if you qualify, you can use this calculator. If you have questions about the process, there is local help available that can guide you through the process at no cost. Read more about The deadline to register for health insurance is March 31!

1428 Dead.

The Maine House today voted 89-52 to accept the Ought Not to Pass recomendation of the Judiciary Committee and ended this session's effort by Sen David Burns to implement his version of a "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" in our state. Thanks to those who took the time to contact their reps and made our voices heard.

  Doug Read more about 1428 Dead.

LD 1428 voted down in Senate

By a vote of 19 to 16, the Maine Senate today voted down the "Religious Freedom" bill sponsored by Sen David Burns. Another step in the right direction. Read more about LD 1428 voted down in Senate

LD 1428 Public Hearing

FYI there is a public hearing scheduled for this "Religious Freedom" bill on Thurs. Jan 16 at 1:00 pm in room 438 at the State House in Augusta. I will provide testimony for the Secular Coalition for Maine in opposition to the bill. Please consider attending and/or contacting your state reps. to let them know about your concerns. Thanks  Read more about LD 1428 Public Hearing

Hobby Lobby Letter

 This letter was submitted to a number of newspapers in Maine on behalf of the state groups supporting the Secular Coalition for Maine. Written by a member of one of these groups, it was approved by the leadership of these orgs. and reflects the concerns we have about the implications for church and state separation. Read more about Hobby Lobby Letter

May Conference Call

The May conference call for the Secular Coalition for Maine is scheduled for Thursday, May 22 at 6:30 pm. 530-881-1400. Participant code 978895. Read more about May Conference Call

Email on HB 1814 and SB 862

I sent the following email to Sen. King and sent similar ones to Sen' Collins and Reps. Pingree and Michaud. I urge others to write to them objecting to the law.

Dear Senator King:

Senate Bill 862 -- We Should Protest

Both Maine Senators, Angus King and Susan Collins, are sponsors of Senate Bill 862, the Senate equivalent of House Bill 1814.  These bills allow anyone asserting a “sincerely held religious belief” opposing health insurance to be exempt from the penalties for not enrolling in required health insurance.  (The House bill was sponsored by both Chellie Pingree and Mike Michaud.)  Representative Henry Waxman gave a speech pointing out the obvious potential for abuse. Read more about Senate Bill 862 -- We Should Protest

March 20 Conference Call

The Secular Coalition for Maine monthly conf. call will be March 20 at 6:00 pm. 530-881-1400 participant code 978895. Please join us.The Secular Coalition for Maine monthly conf. call will be tomorrow Feb. 20 at 6:00 pm. 530-881-1400 participant code 978895. Please join us. Read more about March 20 Conference Call

The deadline to register for health insurance is March 31!

The final deadline to register for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is Monday, March 31! If you don’t currently have health insurance, be sure to purchase a plan before the deadline, or you may have to pay a fine. There is financial help available to assist those in need. To see if you qualify, you can use this calculator. If you have questions about the process, there is local help available that can guide you through the process at no cost. Read more about The deadline to register for health insurance is March 31!

1428 Dead.

The Maine House today voted 89-52 to accept the Ought Not to Pass recomendation of the Judiciary Committee and ended this session's effort by Sen David Burns to implement his version of a "Religious Freedom Restoration Act" in our state. Thanks to those who took the time to contact their reps and made our voices heard.

  Doug Read more about 1428 Dead.

LD 1428 voted down in Senate

By a vote of 19 to 16, the Maine Senate today voted down the "Religious Freedom" bill sponsored by Sen David Burns. Another step in the right direction. Read more about LD 1428 voted down in Senate

LD 1428 Public Hearing

FYI there is a public hearing scheduled for this "Religious Freedom" bill on Thurs. Jan 16 at 1:00 pm in room 438 at the State House in Augusta. I will provide testimony for the Secular Coalition for Maine in opposition to the bill. Please consider attending and/or contacting your state reps. to let them know about your concerns. Thanks  Read more about LD 1428 Public Hearing

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