This statement may seem too simplistic, especially to humanist philosophers, but in contrast to the fraud and deception of religion as taught from pulpits worldwide, secular humanism is truth. My handy Webster’s says truth is “the property of being in accord with fact or reality.” My reasons for choosing this word above all others directly parallel Tom Flynn’s reasons for saying secular humanism is emancipatory:
- There is insufficient evidence for “divine scrutiny” of our actions.
- Secular humanism is consistent with our senses-and common sense.
- The often-oppressive parochial community has no credibility to support a strong personal, family, or civic identity.
- Religious moral codes are arbitrary and based on old books fixed in time with little relevance today, while humanist values and ethics are based on consequences and experience-the best truths we know. Claims by religious believers to the contrary are simply fraud and deception.
So, now my elevator speech is that secular humanism is about truth and emancipation. Secular humanism is truth.