Humanism Affirmations

  • We are committed to the application of reason and science, to the understanding of the universe and to the solving of human problems. This must be combined with sensitivity and compassion
  • We are concerned with securing justice and fairness in society and with eliminating discrimination and intolerance to achieve an open and pluralist society
  • We believe that scientific discovery and technology can contribute to the betterment of human life. We are committed to the separation of Church and State
  • We respect the right to privacy. Mature adults should be able to exercise reproductive freedom, to have access to comprehensive and informed healthcare and to die with dignity. We believe in the common moral decencies: altruism, integrity, honesty, truthfulness, responsibility. Humanist ethics are amenable to critical, rational guidance
  • We want to protect and enhance the earth, to preserve it for future generations, and to avoid inflicting needless suffering on other species
  • We attempt to transcend any divisive parochial loyalties based on race, religion, gender, nationality, creed, class, sexual orientation or ethnicity, and strive to work together for the common good of humanity
  • We believe in individual happiness; in developing our creative talents to their fullest, and in the realisation of the best that we are capable of as human beings. We are deeply concerned with the moral education of children
  • We want to nourish reason and compassion
  • We are engaged by the arts no less than by the sciences
  • We are sceptical of untested claims to knowledge, but we are open to new ideas and seek new departures in our thinking
  • We affirm Humanism as a source of rich personal significance and genuine satisfaction in the service of others. Humanism is a realistic alternative to theologies of pessimism and ideologies of violence