On Tuesday night I attended the kick-off meeting of the first state chapter of the Secular Coalition for America. This was a first for me as I generally shy away from political events and crowds for that matter. There were probably 100 people in attendance and we did a good job filling up the auditorium at the Scottsdale Library. The guest speakers were Kyrsten Sinema, a State Representative for District 15 in Central Phoenix and currently running for State Senator of that district, and Sean Faircloth, Executive Director of SCAmerica. I was actually quite surprised by the age differences in the crowd. Honestly, I did not expect to see as many older people. Talking to one older gentleman, he seemed quite happy to see so many young people. I learned a lot from the two speakers and I will have some follow posts on a few of the things I heard once I can find some sources to link to.
As for the Secular Coalition for America, their Advisory Board has a few names you may have heard of. Richard Dawkins, Dan Dennett, Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, Salman Rushdie, and Julia Sweeney to name a few.
Check them out a http://www.secular.org/. And, check out the Arizona Chapter online as well.