Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the
solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the
proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance. The motions of
the planets require a Divine Arm to impress them.
God who gave us life gave us liberty. Can the
liberties of a nation be secure when we have removed a conviction that these
liberties are the gift of God?
—Thomas Jefferson 1781
Engraved on the Jefferson Memorial in
A Public Stand
It should be pointed out that on March 4,
1987, U.S. District Judge W. Brevard Hand, in Smith versus Board of School
Commissioners of Mobile County, Alabama, ruled that Secular Humanism is a
religion. The 172-page ruling defines religion and concludes, after reviewing
the relevant aspects of humanism, that “For purposes of the First Amendment,
Secular Humanism is a religious belief system, entitled to the protections of,
and subject to the prohibitions of, the religion clauses.”
Judge Hand wrote: “The entire body of
thought has three key documents that furnish the text upon which the belief
system rests at a platform: Humanist Manifesto I, Humanist Manifesto II, and the
Secular Humanist Declaration.
These factors…demonstrate the institutional
character of Secular Humanism. They are evidence that this belief system is
similar to groups traditionally afforded protection by the First Amendment
“Is Humanism a Religion?”
The Blumenfeld Education Letter, July 1989
this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government
of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
Speech at Gettysburg, Nov.
exists in proportion to wholesome restrain.
Speech at the Charleston Bar
Dinner, May 10, 1847