A national atheist advocacy group has announced its intentions to establish a lobbying operation here in the Georgia Capitol.

Keen to become a counterbalance to the Christian conservative groups that typify the state’s politics, the Secular Coalition for America will drop anchor in the Peach State as a function of its fifty-state strategy. The group considers chief among its lobbying efforts the blocking of federally-funded abstinence-only sex education and tuition vouchers for parochial schools.

“Some of the most egregious legislation concerning the co-mingling of religion and government is coming from the state level,” a group spox told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “It’s going to be a challenge to organize chapters in the Bible Bet but every state has its issues.”

According to the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, 68% of Georgians said religion was “very important” in surveys while nearly half–just at 45%–said they attended church services weekly or more.

– James Richardson