Humanism is an approach to life which recognises that we can live good lives without religious or superstitious beliefs. Humanists make sense of the world using reason, science, experience, and shared values. Humanists seek to make the best of the one life we have by creating meaning and purpose for themselves and others. They take responsibility for their actions, and work with others for the common good.
Humanists believe that people can and will continue to find solutions to the world’s problems, so that quality of life can be improved for everyone. Humanists try to live life for the present, taking inspiration from art, culture, and a rich natural world, whilst preserving our planet for future generations.
Faith Schools & Religion in Politics
We respect and support everyone’s right to a religious belief or faith, but believe religion and the state should be separate. Religion should not be part of the political process or be a form of indoctrination in schools.
Children should have the right to the most balanced and wide ranging education possible, to prepare them for our complex modern world. For that reason humanists are opposed to Faith Schools which can only lead to greater divisions and sectarianism within our society.
Religion in Politics
Over time our country has moved away from religious rule to a secular democracy and law ensuring equality for everyone regardless of their race, gender, sexuality and belief.
Not that long ago in this country when religion was the controlling force of the political system, saying the wrong thing could get you labelled as a heretic or a witch – and could even get you killed. Whilst many core values within religion are beneficial, it is not the only way to achieve those things, and unfortunately it can be used to discriminate against people.
For example, back then women had no say in the running of the church or the state, and sadly this still applies in some countries, which are in reality religious states [i.e. theocratic]. In those countries women are often regarded as having less value than men, and do not have equal rights.
Some people are trying to move this country back to one where religion has more power. This could be disastrous for minority groups, the political system, education, and women – they may well be discriminated against and devalued as they are today in some countries controlled by religion.