The mission of the Council for Secular Humanism
is to advocate and defend a nonreligious lifestance rooted in science, naturalistic philosophy, and humanist ethics and to serve and support adherents of that lifestance.
The Council is North America's leading organization for non-religious people. It is a program of the Center for Inquiry, a not-for-profit educational corporation. The Council supports a wide range of activities to meet the needs of people who find meaning and value in life without looking to a religion. Its activities range from magazine publishing and campaigning on ethical issues to holding conferences and supporting a network of autonomous local groups.
Secular humanists reject supernatural and authoritarian beliefs. They affirm that we must take responsibility for our own lives and the communities and world in which we live. Secular humanism emphasizes reason and scientific inquiry, individual freedom and responsibility, human values and compassion, and the need for tolerance and cooperation.
Council Activities Include:
Championing the Rights and Beliefs of Secular Humanists
The Council campaigns for a more secular and ethical society. It presents the case for understanding the world without reference to a god, works to separate church and state, and defends the rights of those who reject religious beliefs.
Developing Secular Communities
The Council for Secular Humanism supports independent, autonomous local groups that provide a forum for sharing ideas and a base for social activities. Regular regional and national conferences bring secular humanists together to exchange ideas and explore topical issues.
Realizing Secular Values in Everyday Life
The Council promotes rational, human-based viewpoints on important social and ethical issues. In particular, it tackles issues where traditional religion obstructs the right to self-determination, for example, freedom of choice in sexual relationships, reproduction, and voluntary euthanasia.
President and CEO, the Center for Inquiry Ronald A. Lindsay
Executive Director Tom Flynn
Council for Secular Humanism Programs and Projects
Council for Secular Humanism's Sister Organization
The Council for Secular Humanism is a program of the Center for Inquiry.
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Council for Secular Humanism
Amherst, New York 14226-0664
1310 Sweet Home Road
Amherst NY 14228
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