Why should Humanists get involved in the fight against global warming, and what should we do about it?
The Senate Standing Committee on Procedure is considering submissions related to a proposal to replace the parliamentary opening prayer with an invitation for silent reflection or prayer.
As humanists we believe that sectarian (in this case Protestant) prayers are inconsistent with the diversity of beliefs of the Australian community that MPs are elected to represent. The 2016 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census reported that we are a very religiously diverse nation, with 30% stating they have no religious beliefs. We believe in the separation of church and state, and that Australians have the right to live in a secular society, following any or no religion as they see fit. It is not appropriate for government proceedings to be called to order in the name of a God that a significant proportion of the population do not believe exists.
Read our full submission here.
The ACT Humanist Society submitted this paper presenting the Society's point of view on religious freedom in Australia to the Religious Freedom Review panel on February 10, 2018.
Thanks to all who contributed to the submission.
This letter in support of assisted dying, which tells the personal story of one of our members, was sent to Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP on August 28. Copies were mailed to all ACT federal senators and MPs and Tara Cheyne MLA.
Our open letter to the Prime Minister on Marriage Equality was forwarded to the Attorney General George Brandis. You can view his response here.
We also sent copies to Andrew Barr, Zed Seselja, Katy Gallagher, Andrew Leigh, and Gai Brodtmann. Of the replies we received, the one from Katy Gallagher was the most thoughtful. Read it here.
ACT Humanist Society
This letter in support of marriage equality was sent to the Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, with copies to all ACT Senators and MPs, on Monday June 26.