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Secular Humanism is a non-theistically based philosophy which promotes humanity as the measure of all things. It had its roots in the rationalism of the 18th Century and the free thought movement of the 19th Century.

Some factors that most Humanists share:

bullet Either they do not believe in the existence of a deity, or have no opinion, or find the topic meaningless.

bullet They believe that excellent codes of behavior and morality can be created through reason.

bullet They believe that humans created the many thousands of Gods and Goddesses in their own image.

bullet They are very concerned about human rights and equal opportunities for all.

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They tend to be at the liberal end of the spectrum on such controversial topics as abortion access; equal rights for gays, lesbians, amd bisexuals; transgender persons and transsexuals (GLBT); same-sex marriage, physician assisted suicide, separation of church and state, etc.

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Topics covered in this section:

bullet Introduction: Types of Humanism. Humanist Manifestos. Famous Humanists

bullet Practical matters: Secularism in the schools. Ethics without a God. Is it a religion?

bullet Information sources: Humanist books, magazines, and web sites

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  1. This is the International Humanist and Ethical Union's official symbol for Humanism. It has become the universal symbol referring to Humanists and Humanism (a.k.a. Secular Humanism).

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Originally written: 1996-SEP-2
Latest update: 2014-MAY-19
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