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The Great Lakes Humanist Society (GLHS) is an independent, not-for-profit educational organization. It’s mission is to foster a community of humanists, dedicated to improving the human condition through rational inquiry and creative thinking, unfettered by superstition, religion, or any form of dogma. GLHS is a Charter Membership Chapter of the American Humanist Association.
The Society’s goals are:
- To create a community of humanists, atheists, agnostics and freethinkers who can support each other throughout the life span.
- To provide a forum for intelligent exchange of ideas for those seeking fulfillment in an ethical secular life.
- To develop through open discussion the moral basis of a secular society and encourage ethical practices within our own membership and the community at large.
- To develop educational programs focusing on secular ethics, science, history and critical thinking for members, their children, and the public at large as alternatives to supernatural interpretations of the human condition.
- To take action within our communities, and within the world at large, to improve the conditions of humanity and denounce bigotry, intolerance, and the persecution of ideas.
- To support and defend the principles of democracy, free speech, and the separation of state and church as expressed in the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights.
|“As indicated by our very name, we humanists celebrate humanity, want humanity to survive, and recognize that if humanity does survive, it will be by its own efforts. Never can we sit back and wait for miracles to save us. Miracles don’t happen. Sweat happens. Effort happens. Thought happens. And it is up to us humanists to help–to expend our sweat, our effort and our thought. Then there will be hope for the world.”
|“I feel no need for any other faith than my faith in human beings. Like Confucius of old, I am so absorbed in the wonder of earth and the life upon it that I cannot think of heaven and the angels.” -Pearl S. Buck|
|“I cannot see how a man of any large degree of humorous perception can ever be religious-except he purposely shut the eyes of his mind & keep them shut by force.” -Mark Twain|
|“On the dogmas of religion, as distinguished from moral principles, all mankind, from the beginning of the world to this day, have been quarreling, fighting, burning and torturing one another, for abstractions unintelligible to themselves and to all others, and absolutely beyond the comprehension of the human mind.” -Thomas Jefferson|
|“The church in all ages and among all peoples has been the consistent enemy of the human race. Everywhere and at all times, it has opposed the liberty of thought and expression.” -Robert G. Ingersoll|
|“The purpose of separation of church and state is to keep forever from these shores the ceaseless strife that has soaked the soil of Europe in blood for centuries.” -James Madison|