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Humanism 101: Reasons for a Secular Government and Society

America is a beautifully diverse confluence of culture, credo, and sometimes their conflict. What makes our society work well is an opportunity for all, yet preference toward none. This is especially true for the highly-emotionally charged demands of religious traditions. As Humanists, one of our greatest social callings is to advocate and preserve a high wall of separation between church and state.

The International Humanist & Ethical Union recently released a report to the UN that Humanists and Atheists experience worldwide persecution. There are many things that must be discussed and we will cover as much as we can.

For this Third Sunday meeting, we will be looking at Secularism. Secularism is not Atheism per se, but a diminished role of religious influence in government and social life. We will be covering what makes for good government, what secularism is (by using the American and French models), and why secularism is necessary. Jason Frye will be lecturing followed by at least one hour of good discussion.

Books that Jason will be citing (A Good Secularist Reader)

Moral Minority: Brooke Allen

God in the White House: Randall Balmer

Religion in Human Evolution: Bellah

Jihad v. Mcworld

Why the French Don’t Like Headscarves: John R. Bowen

God is dead, Secularization in the West: Steve Bruce

Murder in Amsterdam: Ian Buruma

God & Goverment: Charles Colson

Christianity Unveiled: Baron D’Holbach

Allah, Liberty and Love

Nonbeliever Nation: David Niose

Prisoner for Blasphemy: George William Foote

America’s Four Gods: Chris Bader & Paul Froese

Letter to a Christian Nation: Sam Harris

Infidel: Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Freethinkers: Susan Jacoby

Jefferson’s Bible: Thomas Jefferson

The Cartoons the Shook the World: Jytte Klausen

Tempting Faith: David Kuo

The Religious Crisis of the 1960’s: Hugh McLeod

Secularization in Western Europe[masked]: Hugh McLeod

Social Contract: Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Why Politics Can’t Be Freed From Religion: Ivan Strenski

The Myth of American Religious Freedom: David Sehat

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