Introduction

Tom Flynn

On Saturday, March 3, 2012, the Council for Secular Humanism and the Center for Inquiry presented one of the feature events of their cosponsored conference, “Moving Secularism Forward,” held at the Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport in Orlando, Florida. Four distinguished speakers from across the political spectrum addressed the question, “Does Secular Humanism Have a Political Agenda?”

“Secular humanism does not mandate acceptance of a detailed moral code or a comprehensive political, economic, and legal agenda,” wrote Ronald A. Lindsay (“Freedom of Thought,” FI, February/March 2009). “Contrary to the perceptions of some, secular humanists are not a subgroup of the left wing of the Democratic Party.” Yet Christian conservatives often accuse secular humanists of being wedded to the political Far Left.

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