Why the Secular Party?
Non-religious solutions are needed for many problems facing Australia and the rest of the world.
In Australia, religious incursions into government,
- have led to numerous taxation exemptions for religious organisations and the businesses they own;
- affect legislation in areas such as women’s rights, LGBTI rights, and the right to a dignified death;
- affect health issues such as stem cell research, IVF, male circumcision and a woman’s right to control her own body;
- allow religious organisations and service providers to discriminate;
- encourage religious indoctrination and proselytising in public schools;
- threaten freedom of thought and expression.
On the global front, religious incursions into government,
- create discrimination that is often violent against women, homosexuals, and people of other faiths or no faith;
- lead to sectarian violence and warfare;
- lead to demands for global blasphemy laws and a prohibition against criticising religion;
- lead to demands for religious laws in previously free societies.
Only the Secular Party promotes reason and evidence-based policies.
We believe in:
Religions are difficult to talk about – that’s part of the problem. We believe in religious freedom, but not to the extent that religious beliefs should be imposed upon others. Unfortunately, if we are observant and realistic, we will see that many of our problems today are caused by just that. Those who think they belong to the “one true religion” assume they are entitled to impose their beliefs upon others. We disagree.
After centuries of religious warfare in Europe, modern civilisation was built on the concept of secularism – the separation of religion from the public sphere. With the problem of terrorism, and the even greater problems caused by the “war on terror”, many of the pillars on which our civilisation was built are eroding. Our liberties are being curtailed by draconian legislation. Internationally, the rule of law is being disregarded. Rational thought is no longer considered paramount. Secularism has been eroded and replaced by tacit endorsement of all forms of religion, especially in education. Religious intolerance is increasing, as is social disharmony.
We aim to reverse these trends and reassert the ideal of establishing truth through reason, observation and evidence. We aim to re-establish the ideal that represents the only real alternative to sectarian strife – the principle of secularism, based on the universal values of honesty, compassion, freedom and justice. In view of the many problems that humanity faces in the 21st century, this is a critical task. We need your support, and your help.
In his song “Imagine”, which is even more relevant today, John Lennon envisaged a world without countries or religion, where there would be no motivation to kill and die, and where people could live in peace and brotherhood.
We hope you’ll join us today!
- Why the Secular Party?
- How we are different
- The problems we face -- on the Middle East situation and global warming, by John Perkins.