Author of Attack of the Theocrats, How the Religious Right Harms Us All & What We Can Do About It, Faircloth is President of Global Secular Strategy & Organizing (GSOS). As founder and head of GSOS, he is spearheading a national project called SecularityUSA, a specific, practical plan to remove religious bias from government. In his January 22nd presentation, he will share details of the plan, giving specific examples of how religious bias in government policy profoundly harms U.S. citizens – including religious citizens – and reinforcing the need to protect the rights of all denominations from such bias. He will share his vision for a secular America and invite audience questions and comments. Attendees are encouraged to arrive early as high attendance is expected and seating is limited.
Faircloth is the former Director of Strategy & Policy for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science and served two years as Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. In his book and in his work, Faircloth presents his Ten-Point Vision for a Secular America and lays out a specific plan to organize citizens for a world based on reason and science.
Faircloth has extensive organizing, lobbying and political experience at both the state and federal level. He served a decade in Maine’s legislature, successfully spearheading more than 30 laws, many pertaining to child welfare and women’s rights. He served on the Judiciary Committee, the Appropriations Committee, and was elected Majority Whip by his colleagues.He received numerous awards of recognition including the 2006 Legislator of the Year Award from the Maine People's Alliance and the 2005 Excellence in Advocacy Award from the American Heart Association's Northeast Affiliate. Before being elected to the Maine House of Representatives, he founded and managed the Maine Discovery Museum, the largest children's museum in New England outside Boston. Faircloth has extensive experience in political organizing and lobbying at both the state and federal level.
SecularityUSA is a specific, practical plan to return America to a secular government. This strategic approach to church-state separation gives the freethought movement a way to create real and lasting impact on America’s future. SecularityUSA will build an unprecedented political operation – teaming both nonreligious and religious people who support church-state separation – to promote a just, fair-minded, and positive government process. SecularityUSA has already garnered the support of notable freethinkers and atheists, including Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Adam Savage, as well as national organizations, including Americans United for Separation of Church and State. The project is quickly attracting a network of dedicated volunteers from across the country who advocate for church-state separation. SecularityUSA is designed to protect secular governance both nationally and locally, substantially diminishing the power of those who want to impose a religious bias in government. The project will be instrumental in springboarding secularism to prominence and credibility in 2016. SecularityUSA also includes a long-term strategy that will provide a foundation for sustaining major growth in the freethought movement for years to come. SecularityUSA is a project of Global Secular and Organizing Strategy, a nonprofit corporation with 501(c)3 status pending, The project’s web site is www.SecularityUSA.org.
Find out more about the SecularityUSA Action Plan at: http://globalsecular.org/