Does Secular Humanism Have a Political Agenda?

A session at Council for Secular Humanism Conference 2012

  • Patricia Schroeder

Is secular humanism politically agnostic, or is there a political orientation that best reflects its goals and values? Four nontheists with four different political leanings—progressive, conservative, libertarian, and radical Leftist—discussed how secular humanism does – or doesn’t – dovetail with their points of view.

For the libertarian viewpoint, Ronald Bailey is the award-winning science correspondent for Reason magazine and its website, Reason.com. He is the author of Liberation Biology: The Moral and Scientific Case for the Biotech Revolution.

For the conservative viewpoint, Razib Khan is the founder of the web site Secular Right.com He contributes to several blogs including Discover magazine’s Gene Expression, as well as Brown Pundits and Sepia Mutiny.

For the radical leftist viewpoint, Greg Laden is an anthropologist and a prolific blogger on topics from politics to science and skepticism.

Representing the progressive viewpoint, Patricia Schroeder served in the U. S. House of Representatives from 1973 to 1997, where she became the first woman to serve on the House Armed Services Committee. She has also taught at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.

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Ronald Bailey

Science correspondent for Reason Magazine bio from Twitter

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Razib Khan

Evolutionary genetics, history, politics, and philosophy. Tweets do not represent any institution or person I have any affiliation with. bio from Twitter

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Greg Laden

Biological Anthropologist, Progressive Activist, Science Communicator, Supporter of OpenSource and OpenAccess bio from Twitter

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Patricia Schroeder

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Date Sat 3rd March 2012

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