There is nothing more essential to secular humanism than the truth. Secular humanists are the people who looked at thousands of years of received auth

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2022-12-03 19:30:33

There is nothing more essential to secular humanism than the truth. Secular humanists are the people who looked at thousands of years of received authority and said, “Yeah, sorry, no.” We needed more than ancient books and the near universal buy-in by everyone else to convince us that supernaturalism is real. We needed empirical evidence.

That means the truth matters to us. It matters more than our acceptance by the faith-infused wider society. It matters more than our reputation as being neither upstanding nor moral (an undeserved slander on us, of course). It matters more than our standing in the community. And for some, it matters more than maintaining family relationships.

It was relatively easy for most of us to condemn the allergic-to-truth rantings of former President Donald Trump. His lies were so transparent and prodigious that anyone outside the MAGA-verse could easily see through them. Many of us collectively recoiled at the reality-distortions he spun and how they were lapped up with religious-like zeal by his followers.

There are plenty of examples of how America’s right wing is a danger to truth-seeking institutions and standards. That is not what I want to focus on.

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