Atheism UK’s Key Principles
The following key Principles inform our policies and decisions.
Humans have fabricated religion
- Religious texts are flawed and as fallible as the humans who wrote them. They must be criticized, challenged and, where appropriate, satirized or denounced.
- Religious organizations and communities must not receive privileges and immunities, such as tax benefits and protection from criticism or satire, which are denied to the non-religious population.
- Religious beliefs do not exist in isolation but are propagated from one person to another.
God or gods do not exist
- Concepts of gods are myths created by humans.
- There are not two separate realms (the natural and the supernatural), but one (the natural).
Morality develops independently of religion
- There is no divine moral authority.
- Although atheism is not in itself a source of morality, it frees morality from corruption by religion.
- The religious inculcation and indoctrination of children corrupts their morality. Children are not born with any religious beliefs or affiliations; these are imposed.
Religion inhibits rational thought
- Religion is based upon irrationality, superstition and unsubstantiated beliefs.
- Religion encourages and perpetuates prejudice, ignorance and intolerance.
- Religion inhibits critical thinking, discourages scientific enquiry and restricts human progress.