SEAN FAIRCLOTH (born May 23, 1960) is an American writer and
Maine , he served as the State Senator for Bangor,
Maine , as Mayor until November 2016 and as of 2017 he is serving as a
Bangor City Councilor. He is also an attorney and five-term state
legislator. While in the legislature, Faircloth was appointed to the
Judiciary and Appropriations Committees. In his final term, Faircloth
Majority Whip . Faircloth's first book published by
Pitchstone Press, Attack of the Theocrats! How the Religious Right
Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It was released in February
2012. His second book, The Enchanted Globe, a fantasy adventure story
that teaches geography, was published in 2016. July 13, 2011 at
The Amazing Meeting
Faircloth had the idea for the
Maine Discovery Museum in 1996 and led
the project from concept to completion in 2001. It was credited with
sparking downtown revitalization.
Maine Discovery Museum was then the
second largest children's museum outside Boston in New England. In
Maine recognized Faircloth with a gold medal in the
"Mayor's Climate Olympics" for his residential rebate program,
Faircloth successfully spearheaded over thirty laws, including the
so-called Deadbeat Dad child support law which was later incorporated
into federal law. Faircloth had numerous legislative successes in
children's issues and justice system reform.
Faircloth has spoken around the
United States regarding the U.S.
Constitution, children's policy, obesity policy, and sex crime law. In
2013 Faircloth traveled to New Zealand and Australia, lecturing at the
Sydney Opera House
Sydney Opera House to start policy oriented secular groups, whose
model can be duplicated in other countries. In April 2014,
Faircloth spoke in the Republic of Turkey about Atatürk, the Erdogan
government and Turkish secularism. Faircloth in Burbank,
* 2 Children\'s advocacy
* 3 Writing and public speaking
Maine Discovery Museum
* 5 Justice system reform
* 6 Separation of church and state activism
* 7 Personal life
* 8 References
* 9 External links
In 2016 Faircloth became mayor of Bangor, Maine. He proposed and led
to creation EnergySmart Bangor for residents in July 2016 to help
reduce energy costs as a residential rebate program. The organization
Maine selected Faircloth as the recipient of a Gold Medal
in the "Climate Olympics," for his outspoken advocacy for renewable
energy sources. Environment
Maine is a "nationwide program that
recognizes leaders who promote clean and renewable energy options."
Mayor Faircloth initiated the
Maine Multi-Cultural Center, securing
the support of numerous businesses, in order to address the problem of
loss of working-age population by welcoming New Americans.
Faircloth led the creation of Maine's Healthy Start child abuse
prevention initiative, and sponsored the first law making possession
of child pornography a crime in Maine.
“For his legislative accomplishments in the prevention of child sex
abuse, and the healthy start child abuse prevention initiative, and
for spearheading the deadbeat dad child support law,” Faircloth was
named Legislator of the Year by the
Maine Chapter of the National
Association of Social Workers in 1995, and by the
Association. The deadbeat dad law was incorporated into a proposal by
the Clinton administration . Laura Fortman, then
Maine Women\'s Lobby
Executive Director, said of this law, “Sean took the lead in
proposing his revised amendment to members of the Appropriations
Committee, in disagreement with some members of his own party on the
Judiciary Committee, demonstrating tenacity and leadership. This
legislation provided essential economic support for low-income women
and children.” Maine's Chapter of the National Organization for
Women said, “In his first term
Sean Faircloth had a major impact on
national public policy.”
Faircloth received the Outstanding Advocacy Award from the Maine
Association of Community Service Providers (MACSP) in 2003, in part
because Faircloth twice successfully opposed cuts to children’s
mental health programs. MACSP President Jan Fraser said to Faircloth,
“If there was ever the case that one person can make a huge
difference, you are living proof.” Faircloth sponsored An Act To
Enhance Education Services for Blind and Visually Impaired Children,
which increased pay and the number of teachers for these children, as
well as paid for new equipment for education for the blind.
In 2003 Faircloth initiated a first-in-the-nation policy improving
school nutrition standards 24/7 in
Maine K-12 schools, preventing
sale of soda from school vending machines, and leading to removing
“super-sizing” from schools. For his work on child obesity policy,
Faircloth was invited to speak at conferences at
Yale University, and the Centers for Disease Control. Dr.
Kelly Brownell , listed in Time Magazine's 100 most influential people
said, “The legislative actions Rep. Faircloth has proposed are among
the most innovative in the country. I fully expect legislators to
follow Sean Faircloth’s lead.” Because of these successes,
Faircloth was named Legislator of the Year by the
Maine Chapter of the
American Academy of Pediatrics, 2003.
In 2004 Faircloth was appointed House Chair of a Sex Crime Commission
to Improve Sex Offender Accountability, successfully enhancing
penalties on fixated pedophiles while advocating moderation of sex
In 2007 Faircloth was appointed House Chair of the Commission to
Establish a Strategic Priorities Plan for Maine’s Young Children,
which created a prioritized plan regarding children’s policy, and
resulted in creation of the
Maine Children’s Growth Council. This
Council, later designated Maine's Early Childhood Advisory Council,
makes children’s issues a top priority in law, emphasizing economic
return on investment in early childhood.
WRITING AND PUBLIC SPEAKING
Faircloth's first book is titled Attack of the Theocrats! How the
Religious Right Harms Us All - and What We Can Do About It. Faircloth
said about the book, "we can believe rationally all we want. But we
have to face up to reality: in the last thirty years we have seen the
rise of theocracy in this country like we've never seen before.
They've been tremendously successful on the religious right." The
book focuses on the importance of returning America to its secular
roots. Faircloth's goal is to motivate secularists to become as
active as the religious right saying, "let's do that. Let's get that
done, and change society for the better" by focusing on the harmful
changes brought about by the religious right. Faircloth is hoping the
book will be a "wakeup call to many liberal religionists" and create
an alliance between skeptics, non-theists and many religious liberals
who should all care about the harm done by religious bias in the law.
The book "doesn't just offer a call , but a plan to address it." In
this review of the book,
Adam Savage from
MythBusters , writes:
"There's not a doubt in my mind that if he was (suddenly,
inexplicably) zapped back in time to meet Thomas Jefferson, that the
Founding Father would clap him on the shoulder and say Thanks." Susan
Bill Nye and
James Randi also give glowing reviews.
Richard Dawkins writes that this book is important "particularly as we
approach America’s 2012 elections. The trend toward theocratic
thinking in the
United States is a danger not only for America but for
the entire world."
In 2016, Faircloth published The Enchanted Globe which is a fantasy
adventure story that teaches geography. The
Maine Edge reviews the
book and states that The Enchanted Globe is a "solid effort, telling
an engaging story that will capture the imagination." BDN
it a "fast-paced adventure story... the story starts in Maine,
features highly recognizable
Maine people, places and things, and
carries with it an overall spirit of the state and its inhabitants."
Faircloth was a regular opinion columnist for the Bangor Metro
Magazine from 2004 to 2009, and a columnist for the Bangor Daily News
in the late 1990s. Because of his ideas about childhood obesity
policy, Faircloth has spoken around the United States, including
Rice University , and the Centers for
Disease Control .
As Majority Whip, Faircloth was selected to welcome Presidential
Barack Obama in this warm-up speech when the Senator
Maine in 2008. Faircloth states "We want a candidate who goes
beyond parties...thinks independently and seeks justice."
In April 2014 Faircloth spoke at the Tree of Evolution’s
‘Science, Freethinking and Secularism’ event in
Istanbul in the
Republic of Turkey. His lecture centered on Turkish secularism,
Atatürk and the
Erdogan government. At the time YouTube was banned in
Turkey which made it difficult for the speech to be shared beyond the
audience. It was finally uploaded to
DailyMotion in June and according
to Good Morning Turkey it was "shared through social media thousands
of times, named ‘Turkey from an American’s point of view’."
MAINE DISCOVERY MUSEUM
In 1996 Faircloth had the idea for the
Maine Discovery Museum and
led that project through completion of the $4.5 million facility in
Maine Discovery Museum served as a lynchpin of downtown
revitalization. Then-Congressman John Baldacci said that Maine
Discovery Museum “restored the heart” to downtown Bangor. At that
Maine Discovery Museum was the largest children's museum
outside Boston in New England. Capital Campaign Director Martha Dudman
stated, “Sean Faircloth’s determination and attention to detail is
what has made this project as successful as it has been.”
The energy and pride that we experienced in the establishment of
Maine Discovery Museum has been repeated over and over with the
Maine Museum of Art, the library expansion and the
Bangor Museum and Center for History. That pride in our community is
exactly why we see the national exposure and enthusiasm to have major
events like the National Folk Festival in a city our size. (Former
Bangor Mayor John Rohman - October 3, 2003)
JUSTICE SYSTEM REFORM
Faircloth graduated from the
University of Notre Dame and the
University of California, Hastings College of the Law
University of California, Hastings College of the Law . Attorney
Faircloth worked in private law practice, served as an Assistant
Attorney General, as Legal Counsel to the
Maine State Senate, and
lobbied on behalf of the
Maine State Bar Association. He also taught
courses within the University of
Maine system, including Criminal Law,
Criminal Evidence, Judicial Process, Administrative Law, Legal
Controversies, Advocacy, as well as Legal Writing and Research.
Based on his experience as a lawyer and Assistant Attorney General,
Faircloth worked successfully for improvements in child support and
child protective laws. Faircloth served on the Judiciary Committee six
years and also initiated improvements in the Unfair Trade Practices
Act and adoption law. The Judiciary Committee had jurisdiction over
both abortion and human rights law. Faircloth voted strongly
pro-choice, and favored equal rights for gay citizens. In ten years as
a legislator, Faircloth voted 100% of the time with the Maine
Women’s Lobby. Faircloth served as House Chair of a Commission on
the Citizen's Initiative Process in 2006, and also in 2004 chaired a
Commission focused on addressing child sexual abuse.
Faircloth received awards of recognition, including the 2006
Legislator of the Year Award from the
Maine People\'s Alliance , the
2005 Excellence in Advocacy Award from the American Heart
Association's Northeast Affiliate, and Legislator of the Year awards
Maine Chapters of the American Academy of Pediatrics, The
American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social
Workers, and the Software Developers Association.
SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE ACTIVISM
He was Executive Director of the
Secular Coalition for America from
2009-2011, advocating for separation of church and state, and for
greater acceptance of nontheistic viewpoints in American life. His
duties included advocating on
Capitol Hill and to the administration
for a strong separation of church and state. He also worked with the
Secular Coalition for America board to create a ten-year plan called
Our Secular Decade. Faircloth has been active in the protection of
the separation of church and State. While a sitting legislator, gave
an opening "prayer" for the session that quoted, not scripture, but
the book Freethinkers by
Susan Jacoby , as well as
Walt Whitman .
Faircloth also advocates and speaks around the United States
regarding secular public policy and the harm that he believes can come
to average citizens if the secular nature of the American Constitution
is not followed.
In September 2011 he was appointed as Director of Strategy and Policy
Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science . He was the
opening speaker for Dawkins's 2011 and 2012 book tours. Dawkins speaks
highly of Faircloth and says he "has a proven ability to strategize,
organize, and energize -- qualities essential to making secularism a
successful social movement... I want him out speaking far and wide."
Faircloth's responsibilities included blogging on the RDF website as
well as public speaking for secularism and "the dangers of theocratic
laws, and the value of scientific policy".
Faircloth has represented the Richard Dawkins Foundation on many
radio shows including Catholic Answers Live and Wisconsin Public
Faircloth is the father of three sons, the youngest, Declan was the
unofficial editor for The Enchanted Globe.
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SCANZ. Retrieved July 28, 2013.
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Retrieved July 28, 2013.
* ^ "Church & State". Sydney Oprah House Presents. Retrieved April
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Kenan Şülekoğlu". Retrieved August 28, 2014.
* ^ "Bangor Mayor
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* ^ Smith, Laura. "Bangor Mayor receives special recognition in
\'Climate Olympics\'". Fox 22. WFVX Bangor. Retrieved 29 August 2017.
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* ^ Lewiston Sun Journal August 8, 1993
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* ^ Bangor Daily News, April 4, 2007
* ^ New York Times, November 9, 2003
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* ^ Brunswick Times Record August 8, 2008
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* ^ "
Sean Faircloth speaking at Obama Rally". YouTube. February 9,
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* ^ Bangor Daily News, October 2003
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