Thursday, April 26, 2012

Separation of Church and State

"happy human" Humanism symbol
I've decided that the separation of church and state is under assault in both Canada and the U.S., so from time to time I'll explore topics that relate to that issue.  I found the following recently.  Let's call it an introduction to secular humanism, a concept basic to the equality of religious and areligious citizens in my view.  "If you’ve rejected traditional religion (or were never religious to start), you may be asking, “Is that all there is?” It’s liberating to recognize that supernatural beings are human creations … that there’s no such thing as “spirit” … that people are undesigned, unintended, and responsible for themselves. But what’s next? For many, mere atheism (the absence of belief in gods and the supernatural) or agnosticism (the view that such questions cannot be answered) aren’t enough. Atheism and agnosticism are silent on larger questions of values and meaning. If Meaning in life is not ordained from on high, what small-m meanings can we work out among ourselves? If eternal life is an illusion, how can we make the most of our only lives? As social beings sharing a godless world, how should we coexist? For the questions that remain unanswered after we’ve cleared our minds of gods and souls and spirits, many atheists, agnostics, skeptics, and freethinkers turn to secular humanism." - from the home page of The Council For Secular Humanism, www.secularhumanism.org.  (Emphasis added.)  As you can see, I'm interested in how we, as individuals responsible for ourselves, can coexist with our fellow citizens who may believe some greater power is responsible for them.