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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 Olympia and across Washington.

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 Washington Co-Chairs!

Paula Fraser, 68
Bellevue, Washington

Paula is a graduate of the University of Washington with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science. She taught in the Bellevue School District for almost 30 years. Since retiring from teaching, she has continued her education in Philosophy and Political Theory through the Senior Access Program at the University of Washington. She has been a member of the Secular Coalition for America for the past three years and has lobbied the US Congress on behalf of secular issues and the teaching of the US Constitution and critical thinking in public schools. She is a strong proponent for maintaining a wall of separation between church and state as the best guarantee of freedom of conscience for all citizens living in our pluralistic, democratic society—theists and nontheists alike.

Jennifer Goulet
Pasco, Washington

Jennifer is a former technical writer/editor, most recently working for a DOE contractor on the Hanford Site environmental cleanup project. She is nearing completion of obtaining a BAS in Management at Columbia Basin College in Pasco, WA.

Shortly after returning to Washington State in 2008 after spending nearly a decade in the Chicago area, she co-founded the Tri-City Freethinkers and has been the vice president since it was incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2011. Jennifer also organizes or assists with a number of other local and regional freethought and LGBT advocacy groups.

Jennifer is committed to protecting human rights and promoting an absolute separation of church and state by bringing important issues to the attention of the secular public, encouraging participation in secular causes, and lobbying local- and national-level elected 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.