ACA hosts SCA's Sean Faircloth
December 2, 2010
The Atheist Community of Austin and the University of Texas Secular Student Society host Sean Faircloth of the Secular Coalition of America. Sean will speak on ”A Secular Vision of America”.
Saturday, December 4th, 5:30PM
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin
4700 Grover, Austin, TX 78756 [map]
This event is free and open to the public. Members are encouraged to RSVP via our meetup page.
Does it occur to you every now and then that we atheists and other secular types could use a little consideration? Politicians, media, educators, military and business leaders repeatedly make it clear that they really don’t care what we think. Being unfair to an atheist doesn’t really bother anyone. How does something like that change?
It changes slowly, and in response to the coordinated execution of a sound strategy. If you want to be part of the solution, we urge you to attend this event.
About the Speaker
Sean Faircloth was hired as the Secular Coalition for America’s Executive Director in June of 2009. He served a decade in the Maine State Legislature and in his last term was elected Majority Whip by his colleagues. Faircloth was an accomplished legislator, successfully spearheading over thirty pieces of legislation, including the deadbeat dad child support law which saved taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars. Faircloth had numerous legislative successes in children's issues and justice system reform. While in office, he was selected to chair a Sex Crime Commission, the Early Childhood Commission, and a Commission on the Citizen's Initiative Process.
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 organizations 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 organizations and those of our endorsing organizations.
The Secular Coalition for America is committed to promoting reason and science as the most reliable methods for understanding the universe and improving the human condition. Informed by experience and inspired by compassion, we encourage the pursuit of knowledge, meaning, and responsible ethical codes without reference to supernatural forces. We affirm the secular form of government as a necessary condition for the interdependent rights of religious freedom and religious dissent. We come together as national freethought organizations to cooperate in areas of mutual interest and to support each other in our efforts to uphold separation between government and religion for the benefit of all within the nontheistic community. As resources allow, we will actively cooperate in projects that support our position, with priority given to political action initiatives and public relations opportunities.
Statement on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Tolerance
The Secular Coalition for America holds that freedom of conscience, including religious freedom, is a fundamental American value as evidenced by the fact that this is the first freedom protected in the Bill of Rights. Freedom of conscience is best guaranteed by protecting and strengthening the secular character of our government. Religious tolerance, a necessary product of this freedom, must be extended to people of all religions and to those without religious beliefs.
From the officers:
The ACA Lecture Series continues Sunday, December 8th at 12:15pm with activist Zack Kopplin talking about "Fighting Creationism in Louisiana and Now Texas". The lecture will be held at the Austin History Center, 9th and Guadalupe. The building opens at noon.