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AZ State Legislature - A Look Into 2017

The Secular Coalition for Arizona is dismayed about the results of Tuesday night's election.  We're especially concerned about preserving secular public education, equal rights for all, safe and affordable access to women's reproductive health services, and religious freedom for all.

While these are concerns nationally, we are especially concerned regarding the new leadership at the Arizona State Senate and Arizona House of Representatives.

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An Open Letter to State Elected Officials

November 11, 2016

Dear Arizona State elected Government Officials:

The Secular Coalition for Arizona (Secular AZ) was founded to advocate for separation of church and state as guaranteed by the US and Arizona Constitutions.  We take our role as defenders of freedom, equality, inclusion and knowledge in the state of Arizona very seriously. 

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Does your legislative candidate value secular government?

Arizona early voting ballots should be arriving in mailboxes across the state over the next few days.  In-person voting is less than 4 weeks away, on November 8.  Many of you have asked us if we know anything about your legislative candidate's stance on secular government. If your candidate is a returning lawmaker, you can find his or her "Secular Score" on our "Secular Scorecard" from 2015 and 2016.

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Americans United Sues Arizona Charter Schools

Americans United for the Separation of Church and State has filed a lawsuit against Heritage Academy, a charter school in the Phoenix area. According to the suit, the lawsuit is a result of the school's "violation of the First Amendment by providing religious education to its students." The suit specifically names Earl Taylor Jr., who is the founder and principal of the school, which has campuses in Queen Creek, Laveen, and Mesa. Mr. Taylor is accused of teaching religious and religiously based principles in the mandatory American Government class, which he instructs.

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An important and growing group: The Religiously unaffiliated

Read more or click here to see the original post written by PRRI about their latest national survey, which highlights an important and growing group: The religiously unaffiliated.  This is why secular activism and political involvement is so important at all levels of government: local, state, and national.

Original post from PRRI, below:

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2016 Candidate Questionnaire Released

Today, Secular Coalition for Arizona sent a request to all candidates running for the State House and State Senate to complete our 2016 Candidate Questionnaire.  We will post responses exactly as received on our website.  Responses are requested by October 3, 2016.  We will only accept submissions from official candidate email addresses as listed on the Arizona Secretary of State's website.  Encourage your legislative candidates to submit their answers.

 

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Americans United vs Heritage Charter Schools

Americans United intends to file suit against an Arizona public charter school that has been providing religious instruction to its students in a mandatory American Government course. The course material claims that "America and its Constitution were established by the hand of God," and that the U.S. will prosper only when its leaders obey and implement God's law as described in the Bible.

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Prayer in Government Meetings

 
At the Arizona Capitol
Secular AZ holds that a government meeting is not an appropriate forum for prayer. However, the right to public prayer at government meetings has been upheld in 2014 by the Supreme Court of the United States. This ruling did specify that prayers and invocations offered should be inclusive of all religious and philosophical views represented by the population governed.

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The 2016 Legislative Wrap Up is here!

The second session of the 52nd Arizona Legislature saw several important victories in the quest to strengthen secular government, but also emphasized that obstacles remain before this ideal. Secular Coalition for Arizona stimulated some key victories at the legislature this year as we fought for inclusive policies that treat all citizens fairly and equally, protect public tax dollars from funding religious education and promote science-based med

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