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Last spring, I got to talk with Tory Roberg, the then Director of Government Affairs for Secular Arizona, about secular activism. The following is the interview that transpired.

Secular activism at the state capitol in Arizona

They need to hear from their constituents who are not Christian because we should be living in a government that is equitable for everyone.

– Tory Roberg
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Tory has tirelessly worked for secular causes in and around the AZ legislature for as long as I’ve known her. Her current organization “Fortitude AZ” is “a government affairs firm which provides professional lobbying services, issue-based advocacy, visibility, communications, building coalitions, writing and passing legislation, and strategy.”

In this interview, Tory illustrates the multitude of problems facing proponents of secular governance in gerrymandered red states like Arizona.

As you may know, Arizona is a battleground state in the upcoming 2022 US elections. Secular Arizona has been tirelessly working on issues important to the local non-theistic community.

Here’s what we cover in this episode:

-Efforts to pass trigger bills that will go into effect if SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade.

-How churches use exemptions to circumvent secular law.

-Thoughts on how do Catholic hospitals use these laws to enforce their doctrines on secular citizens.

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FOR INFERNAL USE ONLY Jack Matirko was raised in the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, but it didn't take. His projects include The Left Hemispheres Podcast, The Naked Diner Podcast, and An Ongoing and...