The Conservative Humanist Association promotes scepticism, secularism and science, and provides an outlet for members and supporters of the Conservative Party who do not hold religious beliefs.
We are delighted that CCHQ has recognised that many Conservatives – including a number of members of the Cabinet and many of Conservative MPs – have no religious faith.
We believe that secularist policies will help further Conservative goals. We can strengthen our monarchy by making it secular and more inclusive. As humanists, we can fight Islamist extremism by uniting our communities, rather than dividing them into religious groups. We can fight social exclusion by freeing the Church of England to pursue a social action agenda. We can make our Parliament more respected by removing privilege for the bishops in the House of Lords. And we can save taxpayers’ money by eliminating subsidies assigned to religious groups over other civil society organisations.
Just as religious people have no monopoly on morality, nor should they have a strangle-hold on our institutions of state. There is an opportunity for all politicians to focus on what is great about this country – our commitment to democracy, tolerance, decency and the rule of law. But, in particular, there is an opportunity for Conservatives – with our focus on individual freedom and choice – to create a real dynamic for change in our civil society.
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