Ohio

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.

Secular Coalition For Ohio Has Letter To The Editor Printed

During the debate over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was passed in Indiana last month, the Columbus Dispatch published an article "Debate over Indiana law part of ongoing religious-freedom efforts, pastor says". The story included comments from Rev. Read more about Secular Coalition For Ohio Has Letter To The Editor Printed

Good News And Bad News From The Ohio Legislature

clipart of cross over outline of state of OhioThe first session of the 131st Ohio General Assembly has picked up where the 130th left off at the end of 2014. This is good news and bad news for secular people.

The good: Read more about Good News And Bad News From The Ohio Legislature

Two Religious Privilege Bills Pass Out Of Ohio Committee. Take Action Today

House Bills 303 and 304, collectively known as the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act" passed out of committee on 12/1 and moves to be considered in the full House. The proposed laws would expand special privileges to the religious which secular students would be excluded from using. Take action today and let your elected representatives know you oppose these bills.

HB 303 would: Read more about Two Religious Privilege Bills Pass Out Of Ohio Committee. Take Action Today

Group Starts Petition To Remove Ohio's Religious Exemption For Child Abuse

image of a stethoscope on top of a BibleDid you know that many states, including Ohio, have religious exemptions for child abuse written into law? Read more about Group Starts Petition To Remove Ohio's Religious Exemption For Child Abuse

Ohio Election Preview Hangout October 29th 2014

The Secular Coalition for Ohio will be holding a public hang out on Google Plus on Wednesday October 29th starting at 7 PM.

This will be the first public hang out for SCO where we can get together and talk about the upcoming general election and how it relates to the separation of church and state. We can discuss which candidates are more friendly to our issues.

Participants can ask questions or give information about any church and state issues in their area. Read more about Ohio Election Preview Hangout October 29th 2014

Next House Bill 597 hearing set for September 24th

The next hearing for House Bill 597, that allows creationism to be taught in Ohio public schools, is set for  next Wednesday September 24th in the Ohio Statehouse. If you haven't, contact either the committee chair State Representative Matt Huffman or your local state represenative.

COMMITTEE:    Rules and Reference

CHAIRMAN:     State Representative Matt Huffman, Speaker Pro-Tempore

DATE:         Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Read more about Next House Bill 597 hearing set for September 24th

House Bill 597 Allows Creationism Into Public Schools And Sets Up A Dover Trap

clipart of science lab itemsThe National Center for Science Education (NCSE) reported on August 19th that Ohio Representatives Andy Thompson (R-95) and Matt Huffman (R-4) introduced House Bill 597 to repeal Ohio's participation in the Common Core curriculum. Read more about House Bill 597 Allows Creationism Into Public Schools And Sets Up A Dover Trap

Bill Introduced To Allow Any Person To Solemnize Marriages

photo of a Humanist Celebrant performing a marriageOutside of certain government officials, Ohio state law now requires other people who want to officiate marriages to be 'ordained' in their religious society or congregation. A bill introduced on June 30th would remove that requirement and make it easier for secular people to perform marriages. Read more about Bill Introduced To Allow Any Person To Solemnize Marriages

Legislative Update

Just a Bill cartoonHere is a brief overview of current bills in the Ohio Statehouse that have implications on the separation of church and state: Read more about Legislative Update

Columbus COR's Day of Reason Picnic was a blast

We had a great time at the Columbus Coalition of Reason's National Day of Reason Potluck & Picnic at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in Columbus Saturday afternoon. The wind was a bit cold and stiff but the food and community was outstanding. The Secular Coalition for Ohio recently "joined" Columbus COR, which has representatives of most of the secular groups in Central Ohio. Read more about Columbus COR's Day of Reason Picnic was a blast

Secular Coalition For Ohio Has Letter To The Editor Printed

During the debate over the Religious Freedom Restoration Act that was passed in Indiana last month, the Columbus Dispatch published an article "Debate over Indiana law part of ongoing religious-freedom efforts, pastor says". The story included comments from Rev. Read more about Secular Coalition For Ohio Has Letter To The Editor Printed

Good News And Bad News From The Ohio Legislature

clipart of cross over outline of state of OhioThe first session of the 131st Ohio General Assembly has picked up where the 130th left off at the end of 2014. This is good news and bad news for secular people.

The good: Read more about Good News And Bad News From The Ohio Legislature

Two Religious Privilege Bills Pass Out Of Ohio Committee. Take Action Today

House Bills 303 and 304, collectively known as the "Ohio Student Religious Liberties Act" passed out of committee on 12/1 and moves to be considered in the full House. The proposed laws would expand special privileges to the religious which secular students would be excluded from using. Take action today and let your elected representatives know you oppose these bills.

HB 303 would: Read more about Two Religious Privilege Bills Pass Out Of Ohio Committee. Take Action Today

Group Starts Petition To Remove Ohio's Religious Exemption For Child Abuse

image of a stethoscope on top of a BibleDid you know that many states, including Ohio, have religious exemptions for child abuse written into law? Read more about Group Starts Petition To Remove Ohio's Religious Exemption For Child Abuse

Ohio Election Preview Hangout October 29th 2014

The Secular Coalition for Ohio will be holding a public hang out on Google Plus on Wednesday October 29th starting at 7 PM.

This will be the first public hang out for SCO where we can get together and talk about the upcoming general election and how it relates to the separation of church and state. We can discuss which candidates are more friendly to our issues.

Participants can ask questions or give information about any church and state issues in their area. Read more about Ohio Election Preview Hangout October 29th 2014

Next House Bill 597 hearing set for September 24th

The next hearing for House Bill 597, that allows creationism to be taught in Ohio public schools, is set for  next Wednesday September 24th in the Ohio Statehouse. If you haven't, contact either the committee chair State Representative Matt Huffman or your local state represenative.

COMMITTEE:    Rules and Reference

CHAIRMAN:     State Representative Matt Huffman, Speaker Pro-Tempore

DATE:         Wednesday, September 24, 2014 Read more about Next House Bill 597 hearing set for September 24th

House Bill 597 Allows Creationism Into Public Schools And Sets Up A Dover Trap

clipart of science lab itemsThe National Center for Science Education (NCSE) reported on August 19th that Ohio Representatives Andy Thompson (R-95) and Matt Huffman (R-4) introduced House Bill 597 to repeal Ohio's participation in the Common Core curriculum. Read more about House Bill 597 Allows Creationism Into Public Schools And Sets Up A Dover Trap

Bill Introduced To Allow Any Person To Solemnize Marriages

photo of a Humanist Celebrant performing a marriageOutside of certain government officials, Ohio state law now requires other people who want to officiate marriages to be 'ordained' in their religious society or congregation. A bill introduced on June 30th would remove that requirement and make it easier for secular people to perform marriages. Read more about Bill Introduced To Allow Any Person To Solemnize Marriages

Legislative Update

Just a Bill cartoonHere is a brief overview of current bills in the Ohio Statehouse that have implications on the separation of church and state: Read more about Legislative Update

Columbus COR's Day of Reason Picnic was a blast

We had a great time at the Columbus Coalition of Reason's National Day of Reason Potluck & Picnic at Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park in Columbus Saturday afternoon. The wind was a bit cold and stiff but the food and community was outstanding. The Secular Coalition for Ohio recently "joined" Columbus COR, which has representatives of most of the secular groups in Central Ohio. Read more about Columbus COR's Day of Reason Picnic was a blast

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