Many Atheists, including myself, accept that the only true and fair way of leading an ethical life is through a secular society and Humanism. Many Theists believe that Humanism is evil, and think that it promotes homosexuality, abortion and transgender, and secularism is trying to destroy the church and take away alleged ‘Christian values‘. It irritates me when theists claim that secularism is anti-religion. What they fail to realise, or acknowledge is that secularism is a separation of church from politics. Religion, or lack of isn’t discriminated against, but also isn’t allowed to dominate. No one in society should have an advantage or disadvantage depending on their faith, belief or views and it actually protects religious freedom contrary to theists claiming it as an opposition. Imagine a world where Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Christians and Atheists could all live side by side, all equal with no one any more superior or inferior in society – well that is secularism.
The problem society faces though is selfishness, the selfishness of theism. They don’t want a secular society where everyone is equal, as they want their religion to be dominant; and many desire a theocracy. Christians, especially American Christians, are brainwashed into thinking that their country was founded by Christian standards, which is absolutely nonsensical. There’s much evidence to suggest that a large number of the founders that created the Constitution were Deists, and whilst they believe in a God, they don’t accept that he’s involved in anything since the creation. Muslims wish for countries to adopt Sharia Law, and there’s no way any Christian would agree to that. Could you imagine if the United States turned into a Muslim dominated country, how quickly would the Christians change direction about secularism?
Because of this, Humanism is the fairest, and most logical philosophy mankind can adhere to. Humanism puts humanity as paramount, and accept that this is the only life we have, and whilst we are here we should be compassionate and use empathy towards everyone. I’ve read many theists object to the philosophical stance of Humanism because it accepts that everyone should have a voice, and be free to be an individual. They don’t like the idea that people can live moral and ethical lives despite being in a same-sex relationship. They can’t accept that if you don’t put a god before humanity you’re unable to live a life with standards or morals. They misinterpret Humanist’s general position on abortion, and assisted dying, as they believe it’s about promotion, whereas in reality it’s giving an individual freedom of choice.
The main issue in my opinion is the contempt towards the idea of liberalism, as for some unknown reason it makes them foam at the mouth, and many loathe the concept of equality. Liberalism includes the promotion of civil rights, human rights, democracy, secularism, gender and sexual equality, racial equality, freedom of speech, and finally freedom of religion. I fail to understand why theists object to liberalism, and suggest that it’s a mental disorder. Liberalism is responsible for the creation of trial by jury, an adversarial system of justice where someone standing trial is entitled to a defence and the prosecutor is required to provide evidence, the civil rights movement, same-sex marriage, freedom of speech, right to education, and common suffrage.
“Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.” – Jesus
The above sentence is perhaps one of the most well known Biblical quotes, and sums up perfectly what a Christian should be. But this isn’t always the case, and bigotry is extremely rampant in the modern Christian world. They don’t like the fact that homosexuality and transgender have gained equality, they are still your neighbour though, regardless of what they do in the privacy of their homes. Everything regarding gender is so black and white with many theists who claim there are only two genders; male and female. They wilfully choose to ignore intersex (born with both reproductive organs, or a combination of various sexual organs), and claim that transsexual people suffer from mental illness, which is a disgusting, ignorant opinion to have, yet the theist society think they understand ethics and morality. Instead of being embarrassed about their wilful ignorance, they are proud and content thinking their outlook on life is acceptable in the modern world we live in.