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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.

—Isaac Newton


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 Washington


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 religion clauses.

“Is Humanism a Religion?”
The Blumenfeld Education Letter, July 1989


That 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.

Abraham Lincoln
Speech at Gettysburg, Nov. 19.1863


Liberty exists in proportion to wholesome restrain.

Daniel Webster
Speech at the Charleston Bar Dinner, May 10, 1847


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