Religious or Not, Don't Label Me
By Wendy Thomas Russell on September 03, 2012
The author of the upcoming book, Relax, It's Just God, ponders the pros and cons of being labeled in the secular world:
"I guess I’m just trying to come to terms with the fact that none of the traditional labels of non-faith — atheist, agnostic, skeptic, secularist, naturalist, ignosticist, apatheist, etc. — seem really to apply to me. Not when it comes to these labels as 'movements' anyway. Even 'humanist' has become a loaded word. At its core, humanism is simply a devotion to the humanities — and it sounds so damn nice, doesn’t it? Human, humanitarian, humanity. All beautiful words! 'Humanist' seems to roll off my tongue the same way that 'atheist' gets stuck in my throat. But, more and more, I see “humanism” acting as a secret code word for 'atheism.' Which, I suppose, isn’t a bad thing. Perhaps 'humanism' helps keep stereotypes at bay, at least for a while. Perhaps Nonbelievers Formerly Known As Atheists can relax a little, let their guards down, redirect, refocus, breathe."
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