A nationally operating atheist group has plans to start a Wyoming chapter this month to help citizens to organize and lobby lawmakers for stronger separation of religion and legislation.
The Secular Coalition for America said in a media release Wyoming is in the final group of the coalition's nationwide campaign to organize chapters in all 50 states. So far, the coalition has organized in 38 states.
Edwina Rogers, executive director, said some of the most obvious violations of church and state separation in legislation happen at the state level, and cited a recent Pew Forum study that indicated 29 percent of Wyomingites do not express an absolute belief in god, and more than half of Americans agree churches should stay out of political matters. However, the primary interest of the group is to find members of any faith status who are advocates of church and state separation.
The coalition has not yet a legislative agenda for the future lobbying efforts within Wyoming, but those interested in helping organize the efforts and suggest areas of action are invited to participate in a conference call Oct. 17 at noon. For more information on the Secular Coalition for America, click here. To call in to the teleconference, call (530) 881-1400 and use access code 978895.