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08/22/12

"Secular Humanism" and a Short Film on Secularism

Source: 12Petals Media Group

For cultivating a culture of human rights and the prevalence of a culture of tolerance everywhere, Secularism and Secular Humanism can be highly cherished.

“Secularism”

Per Wikipedia, “Secularism is the principle of separation between government institutions and the persons mandated to represent the State from religious institutions and religious dignitaries.”

For Secularism, there are two broad principles *:

1. THE SEPARATION OF RELIGION FROM STATE

The separation of religion from state leaves religious people free to practice their religion provided they don’t infringe on the freedoms of others, and allows the non-religious to live without the imposition of religion through law, education, government, employment, or health. This promotes freedom of religion and from religion.

2. THE EQUALITY BEFORE THE LAW FOR ALL

The principle of equality before the law seeks to remove all privilege or penalty for having or lacking religious faith to ensure that no belief, religious or otherwise, receives special protection from criticism and that inequalities which some support within their religion, won’t be supported outside of it. Obviously under this principle, blasphemy and apostasy are non-punishable.

When properly understood, secularism creates an environment of equality that benefits us all, which is why it’s supported by theists and atheists, religious and non-religious people alike.

On the theme of secularism, please view this short film by David M. Beadle:

 

Persian Translation by Nasser Manesh
Thanks also to Babak Movahedi and Farhad Shah-Hosseini.
Captioning by VIDCAPS

“Secular Humanism”

Secular Humanism is a term that expresses a naturalist worldview. It principally asserts the view that human beings are well capable of solving human problems.

Secular Humanism is described on Wikipedia as “The philosophy or life stance secular humanism (alternatively known by adherents as Humanism, specifically with a capital H to distinguish it from other forms of humanism) embraces human reason, ethics, social justice, philosophical naturalism, while specifically rejecting religious dogma, supernaturalism, pseudoscience or superstition as the basis of morality and decision-making.

It posits that human beings are capable of being ethical and moral without religion or God. It does not, however, assume that humans are either inherently evil or innately good, nor does it present humans as being superior to nature. Rather, the humanist life stance emphasizes the unique responsibility facing humanity and the ethical consequences of human decisions. Fundamental to the concept of secular humanism is the strongly held viewpoint that ideology-be it religious or political-must be thoroughly examined by each individual and not simply accepted or rejected on faith. Along with this, an essential part of secular humanism is a continually adapting search for truth, primarily through science and philosophy. Many Humanists derive their moral codes from a philosophy of utilitarianismethical naturalism or evolutionary ethics, and some advocate a science of morality.”

Your viewpoint is important to us. Please share your view and thoughts on the themes of “Secularism” and “Secular Humanism.”

Image Production: 12Petals_ Human Secularism, 2012
References:
* QualiaSoup: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dA3YF73SNuY
Short film “Secularism” by Mr. David M. Beadle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=utZcJwK1lRM
“Secularism”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secularism
“Secular Humanism”: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secular_humanism


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