I have a serious question. The Vermont National Guard put out a request for sources - for a program that is a LOT like my Living Made Simpler program in terms of topics they want discussed. (see:https://humanistlearning.com/livingmadesimpler1/)
Obviously - it's the military - a non-religious secular approach to a discussion of ethics and personal responsibility and the dignity and worth of each human is mandatory which is why Humanism is the perfect lens through which to have this discussion. Plus - the thought of getting paid to teach humanism explicitly to national guard members is - well - cool.
My original description of why they should use a humanistic approach was to say - we are secular - meaning non-denominational. It will be a discussion of ethics accessible to people of any background.
I spoke to some friends and they understood why I said non-denominational - because for me, as a Humanist raised without religion from the get go, non-denomination means - inclusive of everyone - including atheists. They said though - that non-denominational for most people means - Christianity without explicitly being christian.
So I changed it to - "A lot of the topics you are requesting be covered are philosophic in nature and are best addressed in a secular (ie: non-religious way), which makes taking a humanistic approach a perfect choice. The Humanistic approach is accessible to anyone of any background. Our ethics are common human ethics and the critical thinking techniques we use to solve problems will benefit everyone. Most people find this approach to be empowering, enlightening and consistent with their core values."
and "This course is presented from a humanistic perspective—meaning it is designed to be accessible to people of any faith background or no faith background."
My question to you, the good folks of atheist nexus, is this.
Is this an acceptable way to describe humanism to you. Often we think of Humanism as an alternative to religion - mutually exclusive. But I always think that it's precisely because we aren't religious that our values are accessible to everyone and anyone regardless of background.
What are your thoughts?