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Brighton Secular Humanists


About secular humanism

Brighton Secular Humanists are part of a national movement of people who accept this life as the only one of which we have certain knowledge. Consequently, our activities should be concentrated on advancing human welfare and social betterment in the world we know.

Originating in the 19th century, the secular humanist movement has advocated the free criticism of ideas, and promoted a moral code that is based on human relationships. In practical terms, it influenced public acceptance of birth control and campaigned for legal reforms relating to affirmation, Sunday freedom, cremation, abortion, homosexuality, education and the right to die with dignity.

In religious matters, the secular humanist movement defends people’s right to believe what they will. But while supporting religious freedom, it opposes privileges like church establishment, religious indoctrination in state schools, broadcasting propaganda, and publicly-funded chaplaincy services in hospitals, prisons and the Armed Forces.

Brighton Secular Humanists hold regular public meetings and social events. We also publish a free newsletter for members. Officiants are available to conduct non-religious funeral ceremonies.

"Man, once surrendering his reason, has no remaining guard against absurdities the most monstrous, and like a ship without a rudder, is the sport of every wind. With such persons, gullibility which they call faith, takes the helm from the hand of reason, and the mind becomes a wreck"
Thomas Jefferson


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