Include non-religious as a category for cultural competence.
  • Petitioned National Association of Social Workers

This petition was delivered to:

National Association of Social Workers
NASW President
Jeane W. Anastas, PhD, LMSW
National Ethics Committee
Dawn Hobdy
Vice President
Darrell Wheeler, PhD, MPH, ACSW

Include non-religious as a category for cultural competence.

    1. William Schranz
    2. Petition by

      William Schranz

      Glenwood, IL

The non-religious is a marginalized population which is being ignored and unrecognized by in Social Work education, and practice. The non-religious as a group is growing in the United States and world wide. Social Work education and literature should not use the term "spiritually" as if it is all inclusive. Secular ethical communities such as; atheists, agnostics, pantheists, deists and other non-denominational non-religious deserve recognition.

The Social Work Code of Ethics States: "Social workers should obtain education about and seek to understand the nature of social diversity and oppression with respect to race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, marital status, political belief, religion, immigration status, and mental or physical disability." 



Recent signatures


    1. Reached 100 signatures
    2. In September 2009, after admitting to my parents that I was atheist...

      William Schranz
      Petition Organizer

      "In September 2009, after admitting to my parents that I was atheist, I was abruptly woken in the middle of the night by two strange men who subsequently threw me in a van and drove me 200 mi. to a facility that I would later find out serves the sole purpose of eliminating free thinking adolescents.

      These places exist IN AMERICA, they're completely legal, and they're only growing. It's the new solution for parents who have kids that don't conform blindly to their religious and political views, let me explain: After the initial shock of what I thought was a kidnapping, it was explained to me that my parents had arranged for me to attend Horizon Academy ( because I admitted to them that I was atheist and didn't agree with a lot of their hateful views. Let me give you a detailed run-down of my experience here: To start off it's a boarding school where there is literally no communication with the outside world, the people who work here can do anything ..."

    3. Atheists face uphill climb with new political party

      William Schranz
      Petition Organizer

      How viable is a political party with the word "atheist" in its name?

      Troy Boyle, a corporate legal representative for a finance company, thinks very viable. Last March, he and a friend founded the National Atheist Party, which they believe to be the first American political party organized on the belief that God does not exist....

    4. Christopher Hitchens Dies at 62

      William Schranz
      Petition Organizer

      Cancer weakened, but did not soften Christopher Hitchens. He did not repent or forgive or ask for pity. As if granted diplomatic immunity, his mind's eye looked plainly upon the attack and counterattack of disease and treatments that robbed him of his hair, his stamina, his speaking voice and eventually his life.

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    5. People Think Atheists Are Just As Bad As Rapists? Christ.

      William Schranz
      Petition Organizer

      "In a new study, the only group participants found as untrustworthy as nonbelievers were rapists."

    6. Did Father Lose Custody of Children Because of his Agnosticism?

      William Schranz
      Petition Organizer

      "An Anderson father says that because he professed religious doubt in a custody hearing, a judge took his children from him.

      Craig Scarberry, 29, this month was stripped of joint custody of his three children, Kaelyn, 7; William, 6, and Ayvah, 4, because he changed his religion from Christian to agnostic.

      “I’m a good, loving father, and this ruling has taken my children away,” Scarberry said. “I wasn’t interfering in their right to be brought up in a Christian environment,” he said, noting that the children still attend Christian school and church services as they have done in the four years that he has had joint custody."

    7. Reached 50 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Noel Comer BOSTON, MA
      • almost 2 years ago

      As social workers we are thought and encouraged to use evidence as a foundation for our practice and interventions. A mountain of evidence is being uncovered that religious claims are based on little or no evidence. From theists beliefs based on holy books, tradition, historical records to deists beliefs of a creator of the universe, they are based on unreasonable, unfounded theories.

      At the very least we want to include those who are not religious to be culturally competent. However, I believe we need to go further. Whereas belief in fairies, gods, and santa may be comforting, it does not make it real. However, the harm religion is doing in this country and around the world is very real.

    • Donald Mundo OAK LAWN, IL
      • about 2 years ago

      because I do not want to be ignored like I don't exist.

    • Jeffrey L BOYNTON BEACH, FL
      • about 2 years ago

      I consider myself agnostic.

    • Naomi Zacsh OAKHURST, NJ
      • about 2 years ago

      the easy access to weapon of mass destruction, and the increased capacity of governments to micro-govern individual lives, made it necessary to urgently abolish all religion and superstition form of government. It's time that we get out of our closets and speak up for the right to retain our liberties. Bronze age religions or any superstition religion, must be kept out of public life.

    • joseph stricklin ALBUQUERQUE, NM
      • over 2 years ago

      Being in the military...I see everyday why this is important.


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