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 level. We need your help to see real change in Harrisburg and across Pennsylvania.
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.
Meet the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania Co-Chairs!
Brian Fields, 37
Brian Fields was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and currently resides in in Newville, a very small town in central Pennsylvania. Brian has been involved in secular activism since 2009. He joined the board of directors of PA Nonbelievers—central Pennsylvania’s largest grassroots secular organization—in 2010 and currently serves as president of that organization. He also volunteers for the Philadelphia-based Freethought Society and has been involved in forming a state coalition of grassroots groups with the goal of promoting the formation and growth of secular groups in the state. Brian works as a web developer.
Scott Rhoades, 42
Scott Rhoades is the founder and president of the Lancaster Freethought Society where he works towards providing a strong community for freethinkers in Lancaster, PA. He was also one of the three main organizers for the 2012 PA State Atheist/Humanist Conference. Scott is also a Humanist Celebrant and a contributor to blog of the Humanist Community Project at Harvard. In addition he is an administrator for the “Freethought Group Organizers” group on Facebook where he works with hundreds of organizers from all over the U.S. and around the world to develop best practice strategies. Scott believes that you can be civil and tolerant towards those practicing religion without compromising your values or ideals and that you can be respectful to the religious even though you don’t respect their religion.
Contact the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania Co-Chairs:
Contact the Secular Coalition for Pennsylvania via email at: [email protected]
Reach Chapter Co-Chair, Brian Fields at 717-585-0779
Reach Chapter Co-Chair, Scott Rhoades at (717) 537-1001
About the Secular Coalition for America
The Secular Coalition for America is a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization whose purpose is to amplify the diverse and growing voice of the nontheistic community in the United States. We are located in Washington, D.C. for ready access to government, activist partners and the media. Our staff lobbies U.S. Congress on issues of special concern to our constituency.
Our member organizations are established 501(c)(3) nonprofits who serve atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. Their purpose in founding the coalition was to formalize a cooperative structure for visible, unified activism to improve the civic situation of citizens with a naturalistic worldview. A number of additional have endorsed our mission statement.
While the Coalition was created expressly by and for nontheistic Americans, we also enthusiastically welcome the participation of religious individuals who share our view that freedom of conscience must extend to people of all faiths and of none. Accordingly, our staff works in cooperation with a variety of other organizations and coalitions where common ground exists on specific issues, and our e-mail Action Alert system is open to all who visit our site.
The Coalition is not an individual membership organization. To join a national or local group, subscribe to publications, or receive information about atheism, humanism, freethought, the secular student movement, secular children's camps, nontheistic military personnel, humanistic Judaism, or Ethical Culture, please visit the Web sites of our member and those of our endorsing organizations.