Principles


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.
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