THE ECONOMY? STILL ROCKY.
THE NEEDS? URGENT AS USUAL.
AND, OH YES, OUR COURT CASE IS CONTINUING.
Thanks to a generous outpouring of support from dedicated friends like you, we recently ducked what could have been a terrible bullet. Free Inquiry is still being published; our Web presence and our local-groups program are being revamped. We are finding ways to do more with less.
But the hard times aren’t over yet; this is especially true in the nonprofit world. Expert observers of the charity sector speculate that even after the economy recovers it will take further months before giving to nonprofits rebounds. We are feeling the impact of that.
Yet the work stands before us. Even with tight funds, the Council for Secular Humanism remains committed to serving as the foremost voice and advocate for people who lead exuberant, value-rich lives without religion.
Even during difficult times, opportunities arise that cannot be overlooked. Though we probably have never seen such a challenging economic situation, we cannot abandon this very important opportunity. You may have heard about our landmark case against state funding of faith-based charities in Florida. This may be the best chance any church-state separation advocacy group will have to drive a stake through a faith-based program. We must act decisively. To learn more about this case click here.
We have already expended many thousands of dollars on this case. Initially, we had a donor who provided the seed money to begin the case. This donor is no longer in the position to continue supporting us as we move through the appeals process. The opposition has been very strong. They recognize that a victory for us could threaten easy access to the public purse that churches now enjoy. As daunting as the timing is, we intend to put our shoulders to the wheel and find the funds to move forward with the appeal.
Whatever the additional costs of the case may be, they will come straight out of the Council for Secular Humanism’s bottom line. Once again, we must plead for the generosity of our friends and supporters. We hope that you will take a couple of minutes to click here and make a donation to help support this important cause. Please consider a monthly or quarterly recurring gift. A gift of any size is greatly appreciated.
Executive Director, Council for Secular Humanism
Editor, Free Inquiry
Checks can be mailed to: Council for Secular Humanism, P.O. Box 664, Amherst, NY, 14226.