A Voice for Nontheists: Join the 2013 Secular Summit and Lobby Day

Attend the SCA's Secular Summit and Lobby DayToday, nearly 1 in 5 Americans doesn’t affiliate with any religion—and of those 75 percent identify as atheist/agnostic or secular. Yet everyday across the country the separation of church and state is being constantly challenged—and our opponents are attempting to slowly chip away the very foundation of our religious freedoms.

We are seeing a false definition of religious freedom pushed around the country both at the federal and state level. A prime example is the onslaught of legislation that attempts to incorporate “Intelligent Design” into public schools, to be taught as fact alongside evolution. But it doesn’t stop there—these issues extend to health care, discrimination and even our country’s tax policy. We cannot allow legislation like this to stand. But if we aim to effect change and protect America’s founding principles, we must be heard.

Prepare yourself for the most powerful secular event of the year. The SCA’s Secular Summit and Lobby Day will allow attendees to engage directly with legislators, thought-leaders and other decision makers on the issues important to the secular community. Not only will you hear from experts on everything from Constitutional law to public policy, but the SCA is expecting two members of Congress, a representative from the White House and a host of other movers and shakers to address participants.

Not only will lobby day offer an opportunity to engage the very people who set public policy, but it will offer attendees the keys to turning their passion and activism for secular issues into lasting change that will protect future generations.

Confirmed guests include:

  • Michael Gamel-McCormick, Education Policy Advisor to the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions
  • Barry Kosmin, Director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture and Research Professor, Public Policy & Law Program at Trinity College
  • Leslie Griffin, a William S. Boyd Professor of Law at UNLV Law School
  • Brad Jacklin, Program Manager: Public Policy and Government Affairs at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force
  • Steve Hill, Comedian, for the opening night reception! “They say if you want to start an argument, talk about religion or politics. Where should we start first?” – Steve Hill

New additions to the list of confirmed speakers are being made every day! Among the panels for the conference are:  

  • Science Education under Assault: Stopping Anti-Science Legislation in its Tracks
  • Religious Liberty vs. Health and Safety
  • Legal Discrimination in the Name of the Lord
  • Politics & Religion: How Tax Policy Privileges Religion and What can be Done to Stop it.

View descriptions of each panel and see the full agenda here. There will also be a donor reception Thursday night!

Following the Secular Summit, attendees will receive lobbying training and have the opportunity to lobby their lawmakers on Capitol Hill face-to-face. The skills participants learn will last a lifetime, and help participants to effect change at the local level. 

It’s going to be an event you won’t want to miss. So, register now.

When: April 24-26
Where: Hyatt Regency Washington, DC on Capitol Hill (discounted room rates available for attendees!)