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Encyclopedia > Council for Secular Humanism

The Council for Secular Humanism (originally the Council for Democratic and Secular Humanism, or CODESH) regards itself as the only exclusively secular humanist organization in the USA. Secular humanism is a humanist philosophy that upholds reason, ethics, and justice and specifically rejects rituals and ceremonies as a means to affirm their life stance. ...


In 1980 CODESH issued A Secular Humanist Declaration. It is an argument for and statement of belief in Democratic Secular Humanism. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... A Secular Humanist Declaration was an argument for and statement of belief in Democratic Secular Humanism. ...


The official symbol for the Council for Secular Humanism is a version of the Happy Human. The Happy Human is the official symbol of the Internation Humanist and Ethical Union as well as being regarded the official symbol of Humanism. ...


Status

The Council for Secular Humanism does not call itself religious and has never claimed tax-exemption as a religious organization. The Council for Secular Humanism has an educational exemption.


Activities

The council is based in Amherst, New York, and acts as an umbrella organization for a number of other groups such as the Secular Organizations for Sobriety, African Americans for Humanism, and provides support for Center for Inquiry - On Campus. It also publishes several magazines and newsletters, including Free Inquiry. The council was founded by Dr. Paul Kurtz, who also founded CSICOP and the Center for Inquiry. The Council's Executive Director is Dr. David Koepsell. Amherst, named the safest town in America, is located in Erie County, New York, directly northeast of the City of Buffalo. ... The Center for Inquiry - On Campus (originally the Campus Freethought Alliance) is an organization launched by the Council for Secular Humanism in 1996 in order to reach out to university and high school students. ... Paul Kurtz (born February 12, 1926 in Newark, New Jersey) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), but is best known for prominent role in the American skeptical community. ... The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, or CSICOP, is an organization formed to encourage open minded, critical investigation of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims from a responsible, scientific point of view. ... <drini ☎> 14:27, 15 August 2005 (UTC) Categories: Possible copyright violations ...


The council is a member organisation of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, and endorses both the IHEU minimum statement of Humanism (ref bylaw 5.1 [1]) and the Amsterdam Declaration 2002). Founded in Amsterdam in 1952, International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is the sole world umbrella organisation embracing humanist, atheist, rationalist, secular, skeptic, laïque, ethical culture, freethought and similar organisations world-wide. ... The Amsterdam Declaration 2002 is a statement of the fundamental principles of modern Humanism passed unanimously by the General Assembly of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) at the 50th anniversary World Humanist Congress in 2002. ...


The Council for Secular Humanism with the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal (CSICOP) and The Commission for Scientific Medicine and Mental Health are all headquartered at the Center for Inquiry, adjacent to the State University of New York. The Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal, or CSICOP, is an organization formed to encourage open minded, critical investigation of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims from a responsible, scientific point of view. ...


The council made news in 2006 when Borders Group refused to carry the April-May issue of Free Inquiry in their Borders and Waldenbooks stores because of the magazine's publication of 4 cartoons that originally appeared in the Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten and sparked violent worldwide Muslim protests. (The reason given by Borders for their decision was not sensitivity to religion but fear of illegal violence.) The Free Inquiry affair was reminiscent of a 1989 withdrawal of Salman Rushdie's novel The Satanic Verses by Waldenbooks and B. Dalton in the aftermath of a death sentence issued by Ayatollah Khomeini against the British author. Borders Group (sometimes written BORDERS) (NYSE: BGP) is an international bookseller based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. ... Free Inquiry is a journal of secular humanist opinion and commentary, published by the Council for Secular Humanism. ... Salman Rushdie Salman Rushdie (born Ahmed Salman Rushdie, Urdu: أحمد سلمان رشدی, Hindi: अह्मद सलमान रश्डी on June 19, 1947, in Bombay, India) is an Indian-born British essayist and author of fiction, most of which is set on the Indian subcontinent. ... The term Satanic Verses was coined by the historian Sir William Muir to refer to several verses alleged to have been part of an early version of the Quran and later expunged. ...


External links

  • Council for Secular Humanism
  • GuideStar - Council for Secular Humanism Information in GuideStar, national database of nonprofit organizations.

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Secular Humanist Declaration (3889 words)
Humanism is a democratic and ethical life-stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives.
Secular humanism has provided an impetus for humans to solve their problems with intelligence and perseverance, to conquer geographic and social frontiers, and to extend the range of human exploration and adventure.
Secular humanist ethics maintains that it is possible for human beings to lead meaningful and wholesome lives for themselves and in service to their fellow human beings without the need of religious commandments or the benefit of clergy.
Secular humanism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (3118 words)
Secular humanism is a humanist philosophy that upholds reason, ethics, and justice and specifically rejects rituals and ceremonies as a means to affirm their life stance.
Many secular humanists tend to judge religions as superstitious, regressive and closed minded, while religious fundamentalists may see secular humanism as a threat to the values they say are set out in religious texts, such as the Bible and the Qur'an [3].
They argue that secular humanism—and by association secularism—has been granted religious status, that secularism in government and in the schools constitutes state favoritism towards a particular religion, and a double standard is used in granting religious protections to these groups while allowing the teaching of ideas such as evolution which are consistent with secularism.
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