Secular Humanists Pages

This Meetup group is sponsored by the Council for Secular Humanism (CSH): http://www.secularhum... You might want to visit their website and decide if you want to join their national organization and receive their excellent publications, Free Inquiry and Skeptical Inquirer.

We also encourage membership in this organization:
Atheist Alliance of America (AAA): http://www.atheistall...

While we consider the American Humanist Association to be a great ally and support their mission and activism, we are no longer directly associated with the AHA or their local chapter, the Humanist Society of New Mexico. HSNM now has their own Meetup site.

The first proclamation describing Humanism in America was written in 1933, "Humanist Manifesto I," and the latest version is Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call For A New Planetary Humanism by Paul Kurtz, founder of CSH. This is highly recommended to members of this Meetup; it is a short easy read. If you study the principles of Humanism, you will probably find that the root or "core principles" are, first, we must be skeptical of what we are told about gods and the paranormal (and a great many other things, as well). But if we are to inquire openly, exchange ideas, and express ourselves, we must be free to do so. Thus, civil rights are of the utmost importance, especially our right to be different regarding our religious beliefs and practices. Skeptical inquiry leads most Humanists to declare themselves "atheists."

Since religious leaders want to restrict so many rights based on the so-called "word of God," a broad spectrum of issues arises from our skeptical inquiry and civil rights focus. There are six or eight specific principles that Humanists do agree upon that are clear consequences of those two core principles. These "major agreements" are ...

  • the separation of church and state,
  • privacy rights – including gay rights and the rights to contraception and abortion, and the right to die with dignity,
  • public education with a curriculum based on historical fact and well-established science principles like evolution,
  • non-violence (just because violence usually does not benefit us),
  • morality based on human needs and consequences,
  • protecting our environment for everyone's health and safety,
  • and corporate social responsibility.

    These are all principles that make Humanism truly great. While many other groups, including churches, may support one or more of these "agreements," it is our core principle of skepticism and our rejection of religion that distinguish us from them. We do not base our values and decisions on interpretations of any "holy" scripture, nor do we live in fear of supernatural powers. We take a generally universalist and pragmatic approach when deciding what is right and what is wrong.

    Some of our members may also be current members of the Freedom From Religion Meetup or the HSNM Meetup, which also have regularly-scheduled meetings in Albuquerque. If you have children and would like to join a Humanist Sunday school, see the Humanist Family Cooperative Meetup. That school is sponsored by HSNM.

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