Key Issues

The fundamentally secular nature of the United States government is one of its defining characteristics.  It is the mission of the Secular Coalition for America to increase the visibility and respect for nontheist viewpoints and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all. Please visit our lobbying actions page to participate in our current campaigns and view or past campaigns. To ensure that the freedom of and from religion principle is upheld, the Maryland chapter of the Secular Coalition for America stands for the following principles:

  • Our laws and regulations should be based on the overall available empirical evidence.
  • The health and safety of citizens should not be compromised by the religious beliefs of another person or group.
  • Government has responsibility to provide children with a quality secular education.
  • Business regulations, taxation, legal privileges, etc., should be the same for religious and nonreligious institutions and individuals.
  • Religious beliefs do not justify denying anyone equality of opportunity or equal access to public resources.
  • Government should prioritize civic equality and human welfare for families over religious practices when they conflict.
  • Government and individuals acting on behalf of government should not endorse religious belief, oppose religious belief, favor religion over non-religion, etc.

Issues Reference

A comprehensive, indexed listing of our current legislative agenda. This document will usually be updated at least once a year.

Issue Statements