Secular AZ activists help shut down illegal rally by Christian nationalist figures!

Secular AZ attorneys helped shut down an illegal campaign event planned to be held at a public school last week by right wing gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake and GOP Senate hopeful Jim Lamon. The candidates —  otherwise notable for their embrace of white Christian nationalism, Nazi sympathizers, and conspiracies theories such anti-masking and election fraud — had planned a rally at Scottsdale’s Coronado High School, ostensibly about a recent controversy at Scottsdale Unified School District.

The event was advertised in flyers paid for by Lamon’s campaign, which also alluded to a recall campaign against an embattled school board member. These details highlighted the likelihood that the event would run afoul state law that bans the use of school resources for electioneering, a detail brought to the attention of SUSD by Secular AZ’s legal team. SUSD’s counsel quoted the statute spotlighted in our letter in their warning to the candidates to keep the event off school grounds.

The event was consequently held from a nearby pickup truck bed instead, where the candidates afterward dodged reporters' questions about whether racism should be taught about in classrooms.

A big thank you to Secular AZ donors who make our legal department possible.

Secular Summit is Saturday!

The virtual Secular Summit is almost here. Don’t miss:

  • Keynote address by Congressman Jamie Raskin
  • Religious refusals panel including Dr. Atsuko Koyama, Dr. Deshawn Taylor, and Prof. Elizabeth Sepper
  • Remarks by school board member Lindsay Love
  • Awards to lawmakers and activists
  • Legislative and legal updates
  • Strategizing and organizing for 2021
  • Fellowship with like-minded individuals across the state

Register for free or join champions Roberto Reveles, Beth Houck, Kathleen Pettycrew, John Ainlay, Kim Mundis, Mark Manoil, Tory Roberg, Whit Johnson, and AZ End of Life Options in sponsoring the event!

Let us know your good deeds.

2021 was a tough year not just for people impacted by Christian nationalist policy, but also inequities threatening their very survival such as poverty and food insecurity. This is a time of year when many face proselytizing and religious-based discrimination as a requirement for charity. Of course we know nonreligious people can be just as compassionate as their church-going counterparts, so let’s show it!

If you’re doing anything charitable for the holidays — anything from organizing food drives to giving blood to just donating some old clothes — we want to hear about it! Send us an email with the details and we’ll shout your efforts from the lit-up rooftops.

Goodbye, Doreen

Our community is heartbroken to learn of the passing of our dear friend Doreen Saferstein (pictured above with her husband Hal receiving the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix 2018 Extraordinary Humanist Award by ).

Doreen was a highly engaged humanist activist and philanthropist whose actions impacted the lives of unsheltered youth and more. Her life will be celebrated at HSGP, 627 W Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa on December 10, 11:00AM.

Susan Sackett will preside as Humanist Celebrant.


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