Origins of Humanism
Religion is humanity’s pre-scientific attempt to answer questions like: How did the world develop? What causes the sun to rise in the morning? What causes birth, death, storms, droughts and illness?
Religious intolerance has been moderated somewhat by our secular constitution, however today’s humanists, atheists and agnostics are still experiencing discrimination.
“Religious controversies are always productive of more acrimony and irreconcilable hatreds than those which spring from any other cause.”
James Madison (1751 – 1836)
“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817 – 1862)
“I did not see why the schoolmaster should be taxed to support the priest, and not the priest to support the schoolmaster.”
Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 -1899)
“The place to be happy is here, the time to be happy is now and the way to be happy is to make others so.”
“The World is my country, all mankind are my brethren, and to do good is my religion. ”
"A wise man proportions his belief to the evidence."
"Reason and free inquiry are the only effectual agents against error."