Posted by: Randall Niles | June 17, 2010

Secular Humanism IS a Religion

Secular Humanism is void of God or anything supernatural. Therefore, most secularists argue that secular humanism is not a religion.

This predominant view holds that secular beliefs are supported by science/reason, and religious beliefs are supported by faith/feelings. Secular humanists place religion outside science. It’s a mythological, touchy-feely realm of emotions that is irrelevant and obsolete — an evolutionary feature that has yet to be completely discarded.

The question is why doesn’t the definition of religion include secularism or any belief system that rejects God or supernatural things? According to some dictionaries, the U.S. Supreme Court, and many humanists themselves, religion is not limited to belief systems that believe in God (or gods). Any non-supernatural belief system that believes in a prime reality or highest truth (even if it’s matter, nature, or the Force) is equally religious and should be treated identically to other religions.

In the 1961 case of Torcaso v. Watkins, the U.S. Supreme Court held that Secular Humanism is a religion. Secular humanist John Dewey described Humanism as our “common faith.” Julian Huxley called it “Religion without Revelation.” The first Humanist Manifesto (1933) spoke openly of humanism as a religion. In fact, claiming that humanism was “the new religion” was trendy for at least 100 years. Consequently, shouldn’t the Secular Humanist religion that is taught in our public schools and supported by our tax dollars have the same constitutional “Establishment Clause” restrictions that the ACLU and the lower courts seem to require of Christianity?

The historic evidence is clear. The “Establishment Clause” in the U.S. Constitution (1st Amendment) was designed to prevent what happened to the Separatists and Puritans in England. They came to America because of religious oppression. The denominational Anglican Church, combined with the state, became oppressive and coercive.

Simply, the courts that are eliminating all Christian writings, symbols, and speech from the public arena have it wrong. They are using the “Establishment Clause” to eradicate doctrinal Christianity from the public square, not a specific, state-sponsored, denominational religion with the power to oppress or coerce.

On the other hand, the courts also have it wrong when they do not require secular humanism and its ACLU denomination to conform to the Establishment Clause. This misapplication of law allows the beliefs of the secular humanist religion to be forced on the public. Indeed, the courts have it backwards. The ACLU denomination of the Humanist Church has joined with the state (judiciary) to oppress doctrinal Christianity to the point of ceasing and desisting in the public square in a way similar to the Anglican Church that oppressed doctrinal Christianity in England.

Hmmmm… it seems the doctrinal Christian church in America isn’t oppressing/coercing anybody through any form of state-sponsored access, protection, or funding. However, look at the crazy, state-supported machine propping-up secularism! Maybe the courts should apply their own Constitutional interpretation and require state-sponsored humanism to cease and desist in the public arenas of education, government, and law.

Just Thinking,

Randall Niles

Here’s my new VIDEO on The Definition of Religion



  1. To my knowledge, during my entire time in school, “secular humanism” was never taught at all, nor to my kids. We weren’t taught that there is no god, we weren’t taught that a system of ethics exists without god, the non-existence of god was never mentioned at all. I’m not sure why you believe secular humanism has any place in any school – unless you think that teaching “facts” is the same as teaching humanism, but I think that is a false assumption.

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