Whilst I'm enjoying this wholehearted endorsement of my principles - thank you good folk
- the argument that pick'n'mix colleagues often use is that they are promoting Humanism by their very obvious tolerance. And, of course, that I'm one of those pesky fundamentalist Humanists (rather like my Feminism
) who is missing out on the opportunity to show how lovely and tolerant we are.
They have a point, especially in the light of this threads' title. Perhaps more inclusivity and sensitivity to gather the self-proclaimed faithful to a touchy-feely Humanist fold, however brief, may gradually dawn the idea that perhaps we're on the right lines life choices wise.
But I think this sends mixed messages. Although personally I'm tolerant and understanding of others life paths, when I'm asked to do a legal Humanist marriage I'm representing the current Scottish face of Humanism. I really really don't want that to be that we do nothing more than rather lovely ceremonies. If we use religious readings, references and language it dilutes both our message and our service to our families.
With weddings (funerals are more delicate) I always reply to an enquiry with a link to the Amsterdam Declaration. I have had far more couples respond with 'thank goodness, that's wonderful, exactly how we feel' than huffing off as i won't entertain Great Aunt Flo reading some 'holy' tract in the name of inclusivity.
I reckon as I have a self-proclaimed ethical life stance, embodied in my Celebrancy, it is ethical to uphold it, even if it may lose me work or I have accusations of not being a good and tolerant Humanist.
Wherefore my promoting Humanism now?