United Coalition of Reason
|United Coalition of Reason|
|Region served||United States|
|Key people||Fred Edwords, Director|
The United Coalition of Reason, or UnitedCoR for short, is a national organization in the United States that works to raise the visibility of local groups in the community of reason. Nationally this is done by conducting campaigns which highlight the fact that nontheists live in every community across America. Locally this is done by organizing local groups to communicate with each other and hold events. The organization also works to support the separation of church and state in the United States through the court system.
Although not a full member, the national coalition has endorsed the mission of the Secular Coalition for America. UnitedCoR has itself been endorsed by or has cooperative relations with American Atheists, the American Ethical Union, the American Humanist Association, the Center for Inquiry, the Freedom From Religion Foundation, FreeThoughtAction, the Richard Dawkins Foundation, the SECULAR Center, and the Secular Student Alliance.
The organization was founded in early 2009. Its first year created a network of twenty local coalitions, drawing worldwide notice. This effort included the sponsoring of several ad/media campaigns around the country such as atheist billboard and bus ads in Seattle, Washington, and Portland, Oregon. In 2010 the organization launched ten more local coalitions and paved the way for numerous others to launch in 2011. The most significant developments during 2010 were acts of vandalism against billboards or bus ads in Sacramento, California; Detroit, Michigan; and St. Augustine, Florida. Also significant was a call by local clergy in Fort Worth, Texas, for a boycott of the bus system because of ads by the Dallas-Fort Worth Coalition of Reason.
Members and Locations
The organization has several local coalitions at:
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Tucson, Arizona
- San Diego, California
- Silicon Valley, California
- Washington, DC
- Tampa Bay, Florida
- Chicago, Illinois
- Boston, Massachusetts
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Detroit, Michigan
- New Jersey
- Cincinnati, Ohio
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Columbus, Ohio
- Tulsa, Oklahoma
- Portland, Oregon
- Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Dallas, Texas
- Houston, Texas
- Salt Lake City, Utah
- Seattle, Washington
- Morgantown, West Virginia
- The Triad (North Carolina)
- Omaha, Nebraska
- American Humanist Association
- Center for Inquiry
- Secular Student Alliance
- Freedom From Religion Foundation
- List of secularist organizations
- Staff (2009). "United Coalition of Reason". United Coalition of Reason. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
- Buxbaum, Evan (2009-10-21). "Atheist ads to adorn New York subway stations". CNN. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- Clabough, Raven (2010-05-19). "Progressives Attempt to Make Church and State One and the Same". The New American. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- Staff. "Endorsing Organizations". Secular Coalition for America. Retrieved 2010-06-01.
- Staff (2010). "United Coalition of Reason". United Coalition of Reason. Retrieved 2010-07-24.
- Goodstein, Laurie (2009-04-26). "More Atheists Shout It From the Rooftops". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- Hard CoR News, Vol. 1, Issue 1, January 5, 2010
- Brown, Matthew (2009-12-03). "Group organizes to be 'good without God'". The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
- Rana, Op (2009-10-23). "Can we leave atheism to non-believers?". China Daily. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
- Silumi, Kristen (2009-11-02). "Atheism in the US". Al Jazeera. Retrieved 2010-09-02.
- Tu, Janet I. (2009-03-29). "Local atheists lift their voices in Metro bus ads". The Seattle Times. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
- Rose, Joseph (2009-11-18). "Atheist ad tells TriMet commuters they can be 'good without God'". The Oregonian. Retrieved 2010-04-28.
- Staff (2010-01-12). ""Godless" billboard at Lake City Way". Seattle Atheists. Retrieved 2010-01-22.
- "Two More Godless Billboards Vandalized". United Coalition of Reason. March 1, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
- "Detroit's Godless Bus Ads Vandalized". United Coalition of Reason. March 15, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
- "St. Augustine's Godless Billboard Mysteriously Damaged". United Coalition of Reason. April 13, 2010. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
- Dickson, Gordon (2010-12-07). "Threatened boycott of Fort Worth buses has no noticeable impact". The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Retrieved 2010-12-08.
- Arizona Coalition of Reason (ArizonaCOR)
- Detroit Area Coalition of Reason (DetroitCoR)
- Utah Coalition of Reason
- Triad Coalition of Reason
- Omaha Coalition of Reason (Omaha CoR)
- http://www.unitedcor.org/ - Official Website
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