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Evan I, as an atheist, was surprised by these stats. Our world is changing very fast indeed but of course it also begs the question as to what religion and its more acceptable values are being replaced with. You see whilst being an atheist I do appreciate that many religious folk do a lot of good particularly in terms charitable works.
Our society needs values to aspire to yet I fear it is becoming more selfish and insular whilst losing its religion. This is both a challenge and an opportunity.
Today is World Humanist Day, a day of celebration set up in the 1990s. Humanism is not a religion. It is a world view based on secular values, common to any person regardless of nationality, race, culture, sexuality, gender or background. Its ethos is captured in the phrase – nothing to die for, everything to live for.
Humanism is growing across the world and often people lead a humanist life without realising it. The Guardian reported last month that, for the first time, in England and Wales those who identify as non-religious now outnumber Christians.
Sadly, many people still suffer stigma and discrimination for rejecting religion. In some countries atheism is illegal with secularists abused and killed for their lack of belief. Even in more moderate nations like the UK it can still be very difficult for atheists to ‘come out’ for fear of rejection by religious family members or colleagues.
Humanism looks to build a more humane society based on ethical values in a spirit of equality, enquiry and human achievement. Answers are found through science and human rendezvous not the supernatural. At its heart is the recognition that we get one life and everyone should be able to live it in peace.
So all of us atheists are humanists I presume whether we realise it or not. I have been an atheist for 40 years now and should you want to find out more about how one man lost his religion try reading Ludovic Kennedy’s book All in the Mind: A farewell to God.
Laws requiring schools to hold a religious assembly every day should be scrapped because they are “meaningless” in a multicultural society, according to The National Governors’ Association (NGA). The NGA said the 70-year-old legislation – requiring pupils to take part in a “broadly Christian” act of daily collective worship – should be abolished in non–religious schools amid concern that the rules are no longer fit for a 21st-century education system. In a policy statement, the group said schools often failed to meet the requirement because staff were “unable or unwilling” to lead pupils in prayer and schools struggled to accommodate large numbers of children in one hall.
From The Daily Telegraph
Amen to that I say! It is not the job of schools to meddle in religion. As I have said before having or not having a religion is in this day and age one of personal choice. It should not be handed down in a family, preached at school or be any part of Government.
I don’t have a religion but I support the right of others to have one of their choice. But please let’s disestablish the Church of England and put it on the same footing as all other religions – it’s time to move on and this statement from the NGA is a welcome step in the right direction.
Thanks to the LGiU for the lead to this article.