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Secular Coalition for Maryland 

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Despite the fact that there are tens of millions of nontheistic Americans, we remain one of the most marginalized groups in the country. Religious liberty is one of the basic tenets of secularism that we support, but accommodating some people's religious beliefs should not be allowed to take priority over other people's freedoms, civic equality, health, or safetyThe Secular Coalition for America is working to make sure that we are heard on Capitol Hill. We fight 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 Annapolis and across Maryland.

The SCMD, as a chapter of the SCA, brings together secular Americans to influence government officials, legislation, and regulations. Our focus is Maryland. Our exclusive purpose is lobbying government officials.

Religious nursery schools exempt from child care license

COMAR 13A.16.16.03

.03 Approval to Operate an Educational Program — General Requirements.

Declaration of Rights amendments needed

Article 36 of the Maryland constitution declares that it is the duty of every man to worship God and that anyone who does not believe in the existence of God can ipso-facto be declared incompetent to serve as a juror or be a witness.

Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013

The Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013 was considered by the Senate Committee on Judicial Proceedings, but received an "unfavorable report" in that it failed on a vote of 5-6.  The Act would have provided protection against discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.  Here is the link to the bill:

http://mgaleg.maryland.gov/webmga/frmMain.aspx?id=sb0449&stab=01&pid=bil... Read more about Fairness for All Marylanders Act of 2013

Report on Advocacy Day, June 13

On Thursday, June 13, the SCA held an Advocacy Day to give humanists in the Greater D.C. area an opportunity to bring our concerns to Congressional staff.  Members of ethical societies were coming to D.C. for the annual conference of the American Ethical Union (AEU), and this event was timed to build on their participation. Read more about Report on Advocacy Day, June 13

Help the SCMD by researching state laws and regulations

For those among us who are looking for a useful spare time activity - the Secular Coalition for Maryland could benefit from research. When arguing against particular bad bills, regulations, or laws we would like to cite exemplary alternative regulations and laws in other states.  We would also like to have a better awareness of the regulations in Maryland that differentiate between citizens based on religious belief in any way that does harm or exhibits unfair favoritism.

If you know the answers to any of these questions then let us know: Read more about Help the SCMD by researching state laws and regulations

Government or religious marriage officiants

Family Law 2-406

(2) A marriage ceremony may be performed in this State by:

Sectarian language

Phrases such as "minister of the gospel", and words such as "priest", "bible", "church", and "synagogue" appear occassionally in the statutes.  More generic phrases and words, such as clergyperson, house of worship, and holy book, would be better. Read more about Sectarian language

Non-sectarian standard allows discrimination

Religiously affiliated organizations lobby for, and receive, thousands of dollars of state loans.  Recipients include a variety of non-profit organizations and places of worship that provide an educational, cultural, recreational, or charitable service or that may allow some public use of the facility.  The bills authorizing the loan specify that none of the taxpayers' money can be spent on facilities used for religious worship or instruction. Read more about Non-sectarian standard allows discrimination

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