Yuval Noah Harari on the Secular Ideal: Six Commitments for the Twenty-First Century“As the last few centuries have proved, we don’t need to invoke God’s name in order to live a moral life,” writes big historian and philosopher Yuval Noah Harari in his new book, 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. “Secularism can provide us with all the values we need.”
We Are a Passionate Group of Non-Theists
The South African Secular Society (SASS) is a community that strives to develop and promote secular values in local communities.
What Does it Mean to be a Secularist?
To be a secularist means to oppose religion-based discrimination, which – put another way – means others are disadvantaged or discriminated against because of what they believe in.
The South African Secular Society was initiated by a group of atheists/skeptics in the Gauteng area. We are still in the initial phase with this organisation, but we have come thus far to have at least three main goals for the organisation:
To be a support/social group for atheists/secularists in our local community
To provide education for our members and the general public about what it means to be an atheist/secularist
To start a charity initiative to which we will contribute our physical time and effort (as opposed to just giving money to other charities)
Our main goals within the South African community:
As non-believers, some of us (at least those of us new to non-belief) often don’t know many like-minded people. Social events are a large part of SASS and are what brought the first lot of us together. Meetings are published on Meetup.com.
Positive Representation of South African Non-Believers:
Secularism/non-belief/Atheism is still very much stigmatised in our country. We would like to show South Africa, firstly, that we exist, and secondly that your everyday non-believer is just like every other human. Or if you like, you could argue that we are more moral, caring, better people when compared to the religious.
More About the Secular Charter
There is one law for all, and its application is not hindered or replaced by religious codes or processes.
ADVANTAGE / DISADVANTAGE
Individuals are neither disadvantaged nor discriminated against because of their religion or belief or lack thereof.
There is no privileged position in society or advantage in law for any individual or group by their religion or belief or lack thereof.
Public and publicly-funded service provision does not discriminate on the grounds of religion or belief.