Date & Time: May 31 2012 - 6:30pm
Location: SLC Conference Center–352 Seventh Ave./16th Floor - (29/30th St.)
Speaker: Edwina Rogers - Newly elected Executive Director Of Secular Coalition For America
Subject: New Chief Lobbyist for Secularists in Wash. DC Is a Former Aide to Geo. W. Bush! - She’s Smart, She’s a Lawyer, She’s Republican, She’s a She Some Say It’s a Smart Move, Some Shocked
No one ever accused the Secular Coalition, an organization that lobbies in Washington DC for 11 secular organizations, of not being provocative. After all, lobbyists, like publicists, are supposed to be provocative. But when the Secular Coalition recently chose Washington attorney Edwina Rogers as its Executive Director, heads turned. Eyebrows lifted. Hard-nosed Democrats were nonplussed, and more than a few liberals suspected the Coalition of having taken leave of its senses.
You see: Edwina Rogers, the sharp young attorney the Coalition hired, is not merely a Republican--in 2001-2002, she served as an Economic Advisor for President George W. Bush at the White House.
What’s more, Rogers worked on International Trade matters for Bush at the Department of Commerce from 1989 until 1991. She also served as General Counsel to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in 1994. She worked for Senator Trent Lott (R.-Miss.) while he was Majority Leader in 1999 and she handled health policy for Republican Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama in 2003 and 2004.
Rogers pointed out that she has been working on Capitol Hill for some 20 years and noted: “I wouldn’t say that separation of church and state is exclusively an issue of the Democratic party. Secular values are American values and they shouldn’t belong to just one party.”
What’s more, Rogers added, “There is a silent majority in the Republican party that cares about these issues. I have seen polling data that 52.8 percent of Americans think that laws should not be based on religion.” And, she noted, “We’re actually in coalitions with various religious groups. We have a lot of work to do with both parties.”
Is Ms. Rogers at least an Atheist, we asked. “I’m more agnostic,” she responded tactfully. “It helps that I’m not aligned with just one group because the secular movement is huge. The Coalition wanted a serious lobbyist and someone who is not aligned with one group over the other.”
So how’s it working out so far? “My Republican friends have all been very nice and curious, want briefings, want to hear more. A lot of them didn’t know there is a secular coalition for America,” Rogers notes.
Democrats, do you hear that? Republicans want to hear more! In a nation where we need to educate both ends of the political spectrum, is that not music to our ears?
Exciting Plans to Reach All Americans!
WHAT: “NEW CHIEF OF SECULAR COALITION
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