Secularism is a principle that involves two basic propositions. The first is the strict
separation of the state from religious institutions. The second is that people of
different religions and beliefs are equal before the law. Secularism seeks to ensure
and protect freedom of religious belief and practice for all citizens. Secularism is not
about curtailing religious freedoms; it is about ensuring that the freedoms of thought
and conscience apply equally to all believers and non-believers alike. Secularism seeks
to defend the absolute freedom of religious and other beliefs, and protect the right to
manifest religious belief insofar as it does not impinge disproportionately on the rights
and freedoms of others. Secularism ensures that the right of individuals to freedom of
religion is always balanced by the right to be free from religion. Secularism is a
framework for ensuring equality throughout society – in politics, education, the law and
elsewhere, for believers and non-believers alike. So, how does this work as a goal for
Secular homeschoolers? A national organization needs to be created, of secular
homeschoolers, who advance certain goals. Let’s call the organization The National
Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers or N.A.S.H. The National Alliance of Secular
Homeschoolers asserts that all homeschoolers are equal and that no religious or political
affiliation should give advantages or disadvantages between homeschoolers.
Religious believers and non-religious believers have the same rights and obligations as
members of society. N.A.S.H champions human rights above discriminatory religious
demands. It upholds equality laws that protect women, LGBT people, and minorities.
These equality laws ensure that non-believers have the same rights as those who identify
with a religious or philosophical belief. N.A.S.H is not an atheistic organization.
Atheism is a lack of belief in gods. Secularism does not seek to challenge the tenets of any
particular religion or belief; neither does it seek to impose atheism on anyone.
The National Alliance of Secular Homeschoolers will work to: 1) Provide a national
framework of structure, support, and connection for those homeschoolers who identify
themselves with secular homeschooling and as a by-product create a demand for secular
curriculum and other materials that cater to secular homeschoolers, 2) Raise awareness
of homeschooling, as it exists in the Secular community, in society, 3) Provide support
and guidance for current Secular homeschoolers or those interested in Secular
homeschooling. Our first N.A.S.H planning session, to include appointing volunteers
to positions and developing an action plan, will take place at the 1st annual conference
in Atlanta in September.