This is How You Can Help a Ugandan School Built on Humanist Principles
I’ve posted a couple articles on this site, written by Sean McGuire, about the Kasese Humanist Primary School, a school in Uganda that’s founded and run on Secular Humanist principles, a school that emphasizes science and teaches students to think critically.
These days I’m trying to support secular charities such as Responsible Charity who are actually doing some good in this world without attaching religious strings. This sounds like another worthwhile charity, especially if it helps to counter the evil being done by Christians in that country. Check it out.
According to the latest Pew report, almost 1 in 5 Americans identify themselves as “spiritual but not religious.” In other words, they have some feeling, some intuition of something greater, but feel allergic to institutions. Yet as we approach Passover and Easter, it’s important to remember that it is institutions and not abstract feelings that tie a community together and lead to meaningful change.
You know what?
Organized religion can provide the structure that many need for their spiritual pursuits, but it’s not for everyone and can’t possibly fulfill the spiritual needs of everyone. Not to mention the tiny fact that it has also been the greatest source of human-inflicted death and suffering the world has ever known. For example do I really need to mention the Catholic institution and the countless lives it has destroyed? Whoops, I just did. I think organized religion has enough power, thank you.
To claim that non-religious or “spiritual” people have no moral compass or can have no impact in the world is more than a bit elitist. If someone wants to just be “spiritual” and they’re happy without churches and dogma, and their beliefs do no harm to others, why should that bother those entrenched in the institutions?
What this guy (and his organization) has done is truly remarkable and inspiring. His charity work in India is in direct response to Mother Teresa’s massively corrupt and wasteful organization, the inner workings of which he helped to expose. His charity may be “small potatoes” in India right now, but it’s doing a lot of great work and constantly growing. I’m about to sign up for regular donations.
Unlike some religious-based organizations which have no progressive plans in effect to educate and empower the children, women and men out of poverty, Responsible Charity would like to make advances in areas of education, planned parenthood and self employment.
We invite you to join and support our humanist charity. Our vision is directly aimed at the evolution of compassion; and creating a new and transparent model for others to follow! Together, we ARE the change we wish to see in the world!