Why Secular? Who Benefits?
Australia is NOT fully secular — but like many western countries we are meant to be; our constitution says so!
What does being "secular" mean?
Being secular means separating Church and State — not allowing religious doctrine to influence our national laws.
Church leaders and Christian lobby groups campaign for less separation and more benefits for organised religion. Those benefits are already substantial (as listed in a NSW Rationalist article naming Australia a Soft Theocracy).
Being secular is NOT being anti-religious — citizens are free to follow any religion they choose and none are favoured above any others.
Who benefits from being a secular nation?
We ALL benefit. Who wants to be dictated to by ANY group wanting to dominate society?
A secular Australia is the best guarantee of Freedom of Religion — and from Religion. It is inclusive of all beliefs, and none!
Look at our list of secular issues — if there is just ONE topic you agree with then you support secularism too!
Our role is to campaign for Australia to become fully secular!
Agreeing with the idea of Church/State separation is simply not enough. We need to work hard to achieve it.
Religious lobbyists see secular policy as Anti-God, the work of communists and atheists out to destroy Christianity. Actually, most Christians, other faiths, and ALL political persuasions support secularism! 78% of the public, in fact!
What NSL stands against are campaigns by religious lobbyists to impose their doctrines on the whole community.
We trust all fair-minded people will join with us to move Australia towards a secular society that is ethical, inclusive and equitable for everyone — regardless of their personal beliefs.