Tuesday, 20 January 2009

A humanist spin on inauguration day

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As Barack Obama prepares to be sworn in as US President this afternoon, an advertisement placed in the Washington Post by the American Humanist Association will emphasise his non-religious upbringing. Here's what their Executive Director Roy Speckhardt had to say about the ads:

"We hear so much these days about how traditional religious family values are necessary for raising moral children who can grow into accomplished adults. But we humanists have known for a long, long time that ethical humanist values build character. The number of moral and accomplished humanists is legion. We've been honoring the greatest of them every year since 1953 at our annual conferences. Now Barack Obama has given us the opportunity to share this truth with those from around the country who come to our nation's capital to share in the inauguration experience."

They're not denying the Christianity Obama has turned to as an adult. All they're saying is that, in a country where many would view a non-religious upbringing as more-or-less Satanic, it didn't seem to do their soon-to-be 44th president any harm.


scottmaciver said...

I truely am sick to the back teeth of theists perpetrating the bullshit that you must be religious to be moral.

As I've wrote in my own blog;

"One of Theists main claim is that organised religion is vital in maintaining our society's moral code. But this is done by predominately using the stick opposed to the carrot. It seems that it's not so much "be good and go to Heaven" as "be good OR go to Hell". Or at least, that is what they preach to non-believers.

Is this the way we are meant to raise our kids? If you don't behave and do what the Bible says you will burn for all eternity! Isn't being good for the sake of being good more worthy than doing it out of hope or fear of some celestial reward or punishment? "

meteorplum said...

Very surprised that New Humanist has not commented on this particular passage of Obama's inauguration speech:

"For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus--and nonbelievers." [emphasis added]