|Mike Pence, member of the United States Congress. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Aside from hoping that President-elect Trump remains healthy and decides that he would prefer to govern than delegate these matters to Pence (which seems unlikely at this point), there does not seem to be much we can do aside from bracing ourselves for an attack on some of the issues many of us regard as important. There is one specific thing I'd encourage you to consider by way of preparation though: please give some thought to supporting the sort of organizations that may be helpful in defending our rights on these and other issues.
Examples of the sort of organizations I'm thinking of include:
- The Freedom From Religion Foundation
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State
- Planned Parenthood
- The American Civil Liberties Union
- The Human Rights Campaign
- The American Humanist Association
When it comes to secular organizations that claim to be advocates for the separation of church and state, I would recommend supporting those that distribute action alerts to as wide an audience as possible (e.g., making alerts available as an RSS feed). I am less inclined to support those who distribute action alerts only to those who sign up for their email lists or pay membership fees. And since too many secular organizations still do this, I will continue to highlight this as a problem and encourage these groups to change their practices. Perhaps if they hear from enough of us, they will consider doing so.