Texas

Welcome to the Official State Page for the Secular Coalition for Texas. Some of the most egregious violations of chuch and state are being promoted and passed on the state level and we need your help to see real change in Austin and across Texas

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 Austin and across Texas.

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.

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.

Feb. 23 Houston Black Non-Believers host Day of Solidarity

What: 4TH Annual National Day of Solidarity for Black Nonbelievers 

FreeOK Launches Humanist Gifting Project for the Holidays

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (October 31st, 2013) - The group behind the Oklahoma Freethought Convention have rolled out a new program for winter 2013. The Holiday Humanist Adoption Gifting Project  is the part of FreeOK’s 2013 Giving Drive aimed at providing holiday gifts to children in foster care and shelter placement, as well as families impacted by the government shutdown, this year’s natural disasters and really any cause that has resulted in sacrifices needing to be made in celebrations for the holidays. Read more about FreeOK Launches Humanist Gifting Project for the Holidays

Activity in Nashville

I would like to start a Secular Coalition in TN as I don't think one currently exists.  I would appreciate any help or direction.  Other activities I am involved with include being a member of Freedom From Religion Foundation, People for the American Way, and I moderate a chat room dedicated to religious debate.  I update a Facebook page for this room on a daily basis with 'religion in the news' stories. This page is located at:  www.facebook.com/believersvsnonbelievers Read more about Activity in Nashville

Texas Legislative Plan

Because the Texas Legislatuire only meets every two years, and then only for six months, any attempt to influence the political process in this state has to be well planned and measured.

Secular Coaltion for Texas has laid out a plan of action for working through the end of the 84th Legislature in May, 2015. This plan breaks the process into specific steps that build to direct action. Read more about Texas Legislative Plan

House Bill 285 - Please take action

On Wednesday the Texas House Committee on Higher Education votes on Bill 285 that legitimizes academic fraud by preventing universities to pull research funding for Intelligent Design.

Please take a stand against this bill and call or e-mail:


Chair, Rep. Dan Branch
Phone: 512-463-0367 | Email: [email protected] Read more about House Bill 285 - Please take action

Key Legislative Issues

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/HJ00110I.pdfThere are some key issues coming up for discussion in the Texas legislature. On the 17th of April, an intelligent design bill has been scheduled for discussion. 
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB285

Relating to prohibiting discrimination by public institutions of higher education against faculty members and students based on their conduct of research relating to intelligent design. Read more about Key Legislative Issues

SCA - Texas

Thank you everyone for being part of the initial testing for Texas. Please feel free to create any posts, polls, or any questions you may have on here. The hope is that it can become the main area to share information.  Read more about SCA - Texas

Texas "Merry Christmas" Bill

The Texas Legislature is currently considering House Bill 308—the “Merry Christmas Bill”—filed by State Representative Dwayne Bohac of Houston (R-District 138), and its companion Senate Bill 665 by State Senator Robert Nichols of Jacksonville (R-District 3).

Read the text of the bill here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/html/HB00308I.htm

Supporters of the bill: http://www.merrychristmasbill.com/ Read more about Texas "Merry Christmas" Bill

Feb. 23 Houston Black Non-Believers host Day of Solidarity

What: 4TH Annual National Day of Solidarity for Black Nonbelievers 

FreeOK Launches Humanist Gifting Project for the Holidays

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (October 31st, 2013) - The group behind the Oklahoma Freethought Convention have rolled out a new program for winter 2013. The Holiday Humanist Adoption Gifting Project  is the part of FreeOK’s 2013 Giving Drive aimed at providing holiday gifts to children in foster care and shelter placement, as well as families impacted by the government shutdown, this year’s natural disasters and really any cause that has resulted in sacrifices needing to be made in celebrations for the holidays. Read more about FreeOK Launches Humanist Gifting Project for the Holidays

Activity in Nashville

I would like to start a Secular Coalition in TN as I don't think one currently exists.  I would appreciate any help or direction.  Other activities I am involved with include being a member of Freedom From Religion Foundation, People for the American Way, and I moderate a chat room dedicated to religious debate.  I update a Facebook page for this room on a daily basis with 'religion in the news' stories. This page is located at:  www.facebook.com/believersvsnonbelievers Read more about Activity in Nashville

House Bill 285 - Please take action

On Wednesday the Texas House Committee on Higher Education votes on Bill 285 that legitimizes academic fraud by preventing universities to pull research funding for Intelligent Design.

Please take a stand against this bill and call or e-mail:


Chair, Rep. Dan Branch
Phone: 512-463-0367 | Email: [email protected] Read more about House Bill 285 - Please take action

Key Legislative Issues

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/pdf/HJ00110I.pdfThere are some key issues coming up for discussion in the Texas legislature. On the 17th of April, an intelligent design bill has been scheduled for discussion. 
http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/BillLookup/History.aspx?LegSess=83R&Bill=HB285

Relating to prohibiting discrimination by public institutions of higher education against faculty members and students based on their conduct of research relating to intelligent design. Read more about Key Legislative Issues

SCA - Texas

Thank you everyone for being part of the initial testing for Texas. Please feel free to create any posts, polls, or any questions you may have on here. The hope is that it can become the main area to share information.  Read more about SCA - Texas

Texas "Merry Christmas" Bill

The Texas Legislature is currently considering House Bill 308—the “Merry Christmas Bill”—filed by State Representative Dwayne Bohac of Houston (R-District 138), and its companion Senate Bill 665 by State Senator Robert Nichols of Jacksonville (R-District 3).

Read the text of the bill here: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/83R/billtext/html/HB00308I.htm

Supporters of the bill: http://www.merrychristmasbill.com/ Read more about Texas "Merry Christmas" Bill

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Texas Legislative Plan

Because the Texas Legislatuire only meets every two years, and then only for six months, any attempt to influence the political process in this state has to be well planned and measured.

Secular Coaltion for Texas has laid out a plan of action for working through the end of the 84th Legislature in May, 2015. This plan breaks the process into specific steps that build to direct action. Read more about Texas Legislative Plan

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