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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.  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 Columbus and across Ohio.

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.

Understanding the RFRA

Let's take a look at the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Read more about Understanding the RFRA

Just how Nontheistic IS Ohio?

Based on a 2014 study by Pew Research, we know that on a national level, there are almost 56 million Americans who are “Nones” - the second-largest “religious” group, trailing only to Evangelical Protestants in number.  In the last seven years, the nontheistic Americans have increased from 16% to 23% of all U.S. Read more about Just how Nontheistic IS Ohio?

SC Ohio's Written testimony against HB 425

Sub. HB 425, The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, was passed by the Ohio House two weeks ago and is now being considered by the Ohio Senate. It is currently assigned to the Education committee. The Secular Coalition for Ohio submitted the following written testimony to the committee asking the bill be rejected:

To:  Senate Education Committee

From: Douglas Berger, co-chair, Secular Coalition for Ohio

Date: April 27th, 2016

Tell your lawmaker to oppose bullying in public schools!

HB 425 would allow students to bully their peers in the name of "religious liberty."

The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, HB 425, would legalize bullying and harassment of students in public schools for any religiously motivated reason.

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-425 Read more about Tell your lawmaker to oppose bullying in public schools!

Great time at Secular Summit 4.0 and Legislative Update

SCO Co-chair speaks briefly at Secular Summit 4.0Co-chair Doug Berger attended the Secular Summit held in Columbus on February 10th. It was hosted by CFI NE Ohio which is headed by our former Legislative chair Monette Richards. It is always an interesting event. Read more about Great time at Secular Summit 4.0 and Legislative Update

Do You Cast Your Ballot In A Church?

Voting Here SignElection Day is Tuesday and many of us still travel to a polling place to cast our ballots in person. In many communities the polling place is located inside a church. It's not illegal to have voting in a church but the location still needs to meet state election laws. What should you look for and what should you do to make sure a church follows the rules? Read more about Do You Cast Your Ballot In A Church?

Toledo's ProMedica Picks Politics Over Women's Health

image of a Sign at ProMedica protestOhio has some of the most ridiculous and onerous abortion 'regulations' in the country. One of these 'regulations' requires a 'transfer agreement' between a hospital and a clinic under the guise of 'patient safety'. Read more about Toledo's ProMedica Picks Politics Over Women's Health

Speaker John Boehner Scores High On Secular Issues

The Secular Coalition has released the Congressional Report Card for 2014. Looking at Ohio we see the highest rated is Rep. Tim Ryan (D-13). The lowest, no surprise, is Rep. Bob Latta (R-5). The biggest surprise is Speaker John Boehner (R-8) scored a 71% on the issues important to the Coalition - who knew?

chart showing 2014 US House Report Card

  Read more about Speaker John Boehner Scores High On Secular Issues

Statement on Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell refusal to marry a LGBT couple

Photo of Judge C. Allen McConnell of the Toldeo Ohio Municipal Court

The Secular Coalition for Ohio (SCO) is extremely disappointed that Judge C. Allen McConnell of the Toledo Ohio Municipal Court refused to marry a LGBT couple on July 6, 2015. His reasoning for refusing to perform his sworn duty as Municipal Court judge was based entirely on his religious beliefs. Read more about Statement on Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell refusal to marry a LGBT couple

"Faith-Football Association Unconstitutional" Letter to Editor of The Toledo Blade

The Blade is wrong to support University of Toledo head football coach Matt Campbell leading team prayer (“Flag on the play,” editorial, May 29). Read more about "Faith-Football Association Unconstitutional" Letter to Editor of The Toledo Blade

Understanding the RFRA

Let's take a look at the Religious Freedom Restoration Act Read more about Understanding the RFRA

Just how Nontheistic IS Ohio?

Based on a 2014 study by Pew Research, we know that on a national level, there are almost 56 million Americans who are “Nones” - the second-largest “religious” group, trailing only to Evangelical Protestants in number.  In the last seven years, the nontheistic Americans have increased from 16% to 23% of all U.S. Read more about Just how Nontheistic IS Ohio?

SC Ohio's Written testimony against HB 425

Sub. HB 425, The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, was passed by the Ohio House two weeks ago and is now being considered by the Ohio Senate. It is currently assigned to the Education committee. The Secular Coalition for Ohio submitted the following written testimony to the committee asking the bill be rejected:

To:  Senate Education Committee

From: Douglas Berger, co-chair, Secular Coalition for Ohio

Date: April 27th, 2016

Tell your lawmaker to oppose bullying in public schools!

HB 425 would allow students to bully their peers in the name of "religious liberty."

The Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act, HB 425, would legalize bullying and harassment of students in public schools for any religiously motivated reason.

https://www.legislature.ohio.gov/legislation/legislation-summary?id=GA131-HB-425 Read more about Tell your lawmaker to oppose bullying in public schools!

Great time at Secular Summit 4.0 and Legislative Update

SCO Co-chair speaks briefly at Secular Summit 4.0Co-chair Doug Berger attended the Secular Summit held in Columbus on February 10th. It was hosted by CFI NE Ohio which is headed by our former Legislative chair Monette Richards. It is always an interesting event. Read more about Great time at Secular Summit 4.0 and Legislative Update

Do You Cast Your Ballot In A Church?

Voting Here SignElection Day is Tuesday and many of us still travel to a polling place to cast our ballots in person. In many communities the polling place is located inside a church. It's not illegal to have voting in a church but the location still needs to meet state election laws. What should you look for and what should you do to make sure a church follows the rules? Read more about Do You Cast Your Ballot In A Church?

Toledo's ProMedica Picks Politics Over Women's Health

image of a Sign at ProMedica protestOhio has some of the most ridiculous and onerous abortion 'regulations' in the country. One of these 'regulations' requires a 'transfer agreement' between a hospital and a clinic under the guise of 'patient safety'. Read more about Toledo's ProMedica Picks Politics Over Women's Health

Speaker John Boehner Scores High On Secular Issues

The Secular Coalition has released the Congressional Report Card for 2014. Looking at Ohio we see the highest rated is Rep. Tim Ryan (D-13). The lowest, no surprise, is Rep. Bob Latta (R-5). The biggest surprise is Speaker John Boehner (R-8) scored a 71% on the issues important to the Coalition - who knew?

chart showing 2014 US House Report Card

  Read more about Speaker John Boehner Scores High On Secular Issues

Statement on Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell refusal to marry a LGBT couple

Photo of Judge C. Allen McConnell of the Toldeo Ohio Municipal Court

The Secular Coalition for Ohio (SCO) is extremely disappointed that Judge C. Allen McConnell of the Toledo Ohio Municipal Court refused to marry a LGBT couple on July 6, 2015. His reasoning for refusing to perform his sworn duty as Municipal Court judge was based entirely on his religious beliefs. Read more about Statement on Toledo Municipal Court Judge C. Allen McConnell refusal to marry a LGBT couple

"Faith-Football Association Unconstitutional" Letter to Editor of The Toledo Blade

The Blade is wrong to support University of Toledo head football coach Matt Campbell leading team prayer (“Flag on the play,” editorial, May 29). Read more about "Faith-Football Association Unconstitutional" Letter to Editor of The Toledo Blade

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