I promote Humanism for a reason.

The Atlantic had a great article about how the secularization of the electorate is impacting politics.  If you are unfamiliar with the term, let me translate. More and more people lack religion. Because our beliefs impact our politics, larger groups of people who don’t believe in gods will necessarily impact politics.

The problem, for all my atheist friends who are adamant that promoting atheism will produce humanistic approaches to politics, that doesn’t appear to happen.  Here is the article. https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/breaking-faith...

The gist of the article is this. If someone was conservative before losing their faith they are conservative after losing their faith. If they were angry before losing their faith, they are angry afterward. If they were liberal before, they are liberal afterward. Switching to atheism doesn’t change one’s political temperament.

Which is why Humanism is so important and why Humanism needs to be promoted!  If we are going to create a more just world, converting people to atheism isn’t going to accomplish that. Encouraging people to adopt a more humanistic attitude will!

For the readers of my blog who are engaged in atheist activism or who use the term atheism when what you really mean is Humanism, please ask yourself why. Why do you promote atheism. If it is because you think atheism will help people become more humanistic, realize it doesn’t work.  If you want peoplet o be more humanistic, you need to talk to them about and promote Humanism.

If you want to learn more - get the Handy Humanism Handbook: https://humanistlearning.com/jen-hancocks-handy-humanism-handbook/

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Comment by Jennifer Hancock on May 16, 2017 at 12:11pm

Loren - I was mostly responding to the research that was discussed in The Atlantic article which I linked to in my post: Here it is again https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2017/04/breaking-faith... which found that most people (not all, but most) keep their same political orientation.

This is why I focus on the promotion of Humanism and not on the promotion of atheism and I realize that is a very controversial thing to do in atheist circles, but I have said this multiple times, if your ultimate goal is to promote more humanistic approaches, we need to promote more humanistic approaches because promoting atheism isn't enough. 

Comment by Daniel W on May 16, 2017 at 11:14am

Loren, I think this writer just uses Nexus to drive traffic to her blog.  She posts frequently, but does not engage in discussions on Nexus.  Apparently, she considers us a potential tool for clicks over to her writing, but we are not worthy of actual conversation. 

Comment by Loren Miller on May 16, 2017 at 9:08am

I don't entirely agree with the assertion that someone's political bias maintains from before to after becoming an atheist.  A great deal of the baggage many believers carry is the conservative BS which is part and parcel of much evangelical christian belief.  One example of this is Seth Andrews of The Thinking Atheist.  He has admitted on his podcast more than once that his shift to atheism was accompanied by a considerable shift to the political left, particularly as regards human rights issues.  This wasn't a blanket shift, however, as Seth also states that he is a gun owner and a supporter of the Second Amendment.

This is just one point on a considerable curve, granted, but I'd bet you a cup of coffee that there are multiple other points which align with it.


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