Humanists are making a push today in Congress to be accepted as chaplains in the military. The American Humanists Association is making the advancement on the heels of recent court rulings on religious liberty. Humanists purport man over God and and what they call, “critical thinking” over faith.
Humanists seek support from Congress on military chaplains
Gain momentum with rulings on religious liberty, acceptance of free thought
Meredith Somers/The Washington Times
U.S. humanists have seen an increase in visibility and validity thanks to recent court rulings on religious liberty and what religion historians see as a growing acceptance for free thought.
On Tuesday, the American Humanist Association hopes to make further progress by hosting its first congressional briefing to draw attention and support for humanist chaplains in the military.
“There’s a lot of focus on the military now,” said David Niose, legal director at the American Humanist Association. “You’re going to be seeing more attempts to not exclude atheists and humanists. It’s definitely one of the battlegrounds of the secular movement.”
As a philosophical perspective, humanism stresses the value of human beings rather than a divine being and bases its beliefs on critical thinking rather than faith.
“It’s been building for a while. People are rejecting traditional ideas that’s grown really rapidly, especially among younger generations,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association.
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