|Sent on:||Wednesday, February 6, 2013 10:26 PM|
There is a special election in DC on April 23 to fill the At Large Council seat vacated by Phil Mendelson. There are eight people on the ballot. Hopefully we have the majority of them at our forum to answer questions from our secular community.
There are many areas having support from large majorities of us. Among them are separation of church/state, equal rights for LGBT, women and racial minorities, and support for renewable energy in response to global warming. I think there is unanimity that current drug policy is less than optimal but there is significant diversity as to what should be done to make it more rational. A friend of mine asserts that secular people in DC cannot be certified to officiate at marriages but one of the DC candidates insists that this is not the case. Obviously the above topics barely touch on the wide range of issues that might be of concern for voters in DC.
As the webmaster for the Washington DC Coalition of Reason it has been my pleasure to add a fifteenth group to the existing coalition. If we solicit the groups of the DC CoR in the community we should have an excellent cross-section of the local secular community. Polls are now saying that those which no religion (the Nones) are now about 20 percent of the American population. Our goal with this forum is to establish the Nones as a force is very relevant to political power. In the last election the Nones voted for Obama 78 percent of the time. We are a political force. However, we need to do the hard work to make this fact visible to the wider society.
Obviously we want to create an innovative forum that is richly reflects the best wisdom that we have in our community. What are the important issues? What changes would make DC a better city for the people that live in it? We need your views on this, especially if you are a voter in DC. Replies to this email will go directly to my inbox only. Our email list can be used by those who would like to start a policy discussion if they wish. I will be at our Friday event for those who would like to discuss this forum and related issues in person. We have an opportunity to substantially increase the visibility of our secular community and it will be good if we can get this right.