What is Secularism?
October 10, 2011
October 4, 2011
Secularism has been the target of religion for a long time, and efforts to demonize secularism have gained ground lately.
Here’s a handy guide to why we fight for secularism, and why everyone should join us. Feel free to copy and distribute in any form. Our fight for secularism has never been more urgently needed.
Let’s get clear about Constitutional Secularism, which is about Public
Law made for the People. Constitutional Secularism doesn’t give special
treatment to any views about religion. No religious group should
impose religious law on society.
The Myths: This country was not founded on secularism. Only the non-religious care about secularism. You’d have to be an atheist to want secularism.
The Realities: The US Constitution guarantees secularism to protect everyone. Secularism is important to all citizens. Religious freedom for everyone is not the same as religious law forced on everyone.
― Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof ―
No religious test for Public office
Education in science for everyone
Anyone can go to any church they like
Medical services for medical conditions
Public services for citizens based on need
Public events treat all participants equally
Legal proceedings have no religious bias
Politicians must have the ‘right’ religion
Schools are for promoting one ‘true’ religion
States decide which churches get support
Medical services depend on ‘moral’ choices
Public services come with proselytizing
Public events include religious ceremonies
Law buildings display religious creeds
Constitutional Secularism promises full and equal citizenship for
everyone. Secularism protects personal religious belief. Secularism is
NOT about the government imposing anti-religion. Secularism is the
only way to defend against religious tyranny.
Nontheists are for Constitutional Secularism, just the way America’s Founders intended.