The fundamentally secular nature of the United States government is one of its defining characteristics. It is the mission of the Secular Coalition for America to increase the visibility and respect for nontheist viewpoints and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. Please visit our lobbying actions page to participate in our current campaigns and view or past campaigns. To ensure that the freedom of and from religion principle is upheld, the Maryland chapter of the Secular Coalition for America stands for the following principles:
- Our laws and regulations should be written to conform with the overall available empirical evidence.
- The health and safety of citizens should not be compromised by the religious beliefs of another person or group.
- Government has responsibility to provide children with a quality secular education.
- Business regulations, taxation, legal privileges, etc., should be the same for religious and nonreligious institutions and individuals.
- Religious beliefs do not justify denying anyone equality of opportunity or equal access to public resources.
- Government and individuals acting on behalf of government should not endorse religious belief, oppose religious belief, favor religion over non-religion, etc.
A comprehensive, indexed listing of our current legislative agenda. This document will usually be updated at least once a year.
- Restrict medical board licensing to empirically supported medicine
- Revoke syphilis screening exemption during pregnancy
- Vaccination should not be optional
- Vision screening for children should not be optional (new)
- Permit terminally ill to hasten their death
- Health care provider conscience and right to know
- Contraceptive insurance refusal clause is too expansive
- Banning abortions at 20 weeks is unwarranted
- Do not fund schools without imposing minimum standards
- Easter Friday and Monday school holidays
- Theistic Pledge of Allegiance school ritual is divisive
- Permit non-religious marriage officiants
- Allow judges to decide United Methodist Church property disputes
- Repeal laws that ban or restrict Sunday activities
- Enforce non-discrimination and non-proselytizing standards for government loans
- Remove theistic belief mandates from constitution
- Government sponsored displays should be secular
- Government sponsored prayer is exclusionary
- Restrict marriage to adults at least 18 years old (new)