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ATLANTA - TheSecular Coalition for America announced Tuesday that they were planning to organize a chapter in the state of Georgia, this month.

The Georgia chapter would lobby state lawmakers regarding a strong separation of religion and government.

The national body says they plan to launch chapters in 48 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico by the end of 2012.

"Some of the most egregious violations of church state separation are being promoted and passed at the state level, and we absolutely must act to stop it," said Edwina Rogers, Executive Director of the Secular Coalition for America. "There are 40 million Americans who don't identify with any religion, but our political influence has been limited because we have not been organized. This year, that changes."

The organization cites a recent Pew Forum study indicating 19 percent of Georgians do not express an absolute belief in God, and that 32 percent disagreed that religion is "very important to their lives." They cited a second Pew study that said a majority of Americans say churches should stay out of political matters.

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