June 3, 2012
No introduction yet
As someone who believes that ethical and moral beliefs and conduct do not spring exclusively from religious or spiritual engagement, I am interested and will continue to participate. I like the progressive views of the group. I enjoy the intelligent and personally responsible discussion that occurs. I am a little disturbed by the early announcement at each meeting that most members are athiests. One need not be an atheist to be a secular humanist and I find this statement off-putting even though I have no particular religious beliefs myself. If we are truly humanists we should be welcoming to everyone regardless of their certainty of their beliefs. If I were struggling over my religious background and seeking a new frame of reference, I would feel alienated by this early announcement that "most of us are athiests." Unless, of course, only athiests are truly welcome. Then that is a different matter and should be stated up front.