The “ism” Complacency

A few years ago, a minister claimed that agnostics were too aggressive. I was puzzled then, and remain puzzled about how saying, “I don’t know” is aggressive, or how it can be made aggressive. Secular humanists, at least the Canadian variety, are also not good candidates for that nomination. We could be, in fact, we…

Respect Nature and the Planet

Secular humanist realize that all life forms are valuable, integral parts of our home and help all to thrive. We do not consider ourselves to be separate from the rest of animal life on the planet and understand that, as the most advanced tool makers, we have the greatest responsibility for respecting the planet as…

Secular Humanists Value Art & Imagination

Secular humanists appreciate the contribution that art and imagination make to the enhancement to our culture. With the emphasis that secular humanists put on critical thinking using logic and evidence, one might think that art and imagination would have limited standing in our philosophy. However, we do value both art and imagination. Art is another…

Support Democracy*

Secular humanist support for democracy goes to the very root of its philosophy. Freethinking means that individual opinions must be respected and only democracy, in its own flawed way, can provide that respect. This is reflected in humanist organizations that eschew hierarchy, but it is also important to secular humanists in the broader societal sense.…

Respect Personal Freedoms

Secular humanists respect personal freedoms and work to ensure that everyone is able to enjoy the kind of freedoms protected in the United Nations Charter of Human Rights and the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. One caveat always hangs around human rights–they are all limited by the boundary that one cannot exercise their rights…

Find Ethics Through Reason

This is the first of eight blogs discussing eight principles of secular humanism. These are distilled from the principles set out in 1952 at the International Humanist and Ethical Union conference and, as written, are the key phrases describing the philosophy of the Society of Ontario Freethinkers (www.sofree.ca) Find Ethics Through Reason Secular humanists find…