I referred to the work of the Secular Coalition for America (SCA) in an earlier post about the organization’s revelation that a member of the US Congress, Pete Stark, is not a theist (Outing; here’s SCA’s press release on the event), but I wanted to provide a little more coverage and comment here. First, here’s SCA’s mission statement:
The mission of the Secular Coalition for America is to increase the visibility and respectability of nontheistic viewpoints in the United States and to protect and strengthen the secular character of our government as the best guarantee of freedom for all.
In addition to revealing Representative Stark’s non-theist views, SCA more recently identified Mr. Ernie Chambers, a member of the Nebraska state senate, as a non-theist. I’m also glad to note that Wendy Kaminer, one of my favorite social-political commentators, is a member of the advisory board for SCA (I read her essays intermittently and marvel at how one individual can make such insightful analyses and express them so well).
Given all the recent press coverage of atheism, engendered by the spate of recent books on the topic, it’s important to me to note the existence of the SCA and other similar organizations. As with another organization about which I’ve commented (Brights), I share SCA’s interest in promoting a non-secular view of life. Thesitic views of life, in my opinion, are irrational and misleading (they thwart legimate inquiry into causes of events), so it is important for the advancement of life to abandon those views in favor of determining the natural order of things. Thus, I applaud the SCA, it’s member organizations (American Humanist Association, Atheist Alliance International, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Institute for Humanist Studies, Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, Secular Student Alliance, Secular Web / Internet Infidels, Society for Humanistic Judaismhj.org/” target=”new”>Society for Humanistic Judaism), and other groups (e.g., the Brights) that are doing many good deeds in this effort. Thanks.