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Atheist Marriage Officers

30 July 2014, 09:50

Atheism rises above race, creeds, religions, nationality and all human codes of differentiation. Atheism has no “chosen people”, no bended knee, no prayers or supplicants, no crusade, no gods and ghosts, no otherworldly rewards or punishments. It places all humanity on the same plane with every other creature, mineral, plant and molecule existing in the periodic table of science.

Atheism is an everlasting quest for truth, based on reason and logic. It does not claim answers to all the questions posed by the universe, but Atheism does have a sane and reasonable approach to solving them.

Truth for truth’s sake, an unconditional acceptance of all that physically exists and is yet to exist, this is Atheism. Humanistic ethics, moral and virtuous behaviour for its own sake – these are the ideals of Atheism.

To eat with fervour and joy from the tree of knowledge, to be intellectually free to explore the universe without fear in the knowledge that no intervention other than one’s own energies and efforts are what direct and guide our life. To know that we alone have the ultimate responsibility and choices in all our thoughts, words, actions and non-actions. This freedom and self-responsibility is the hallmark of Atheism.

Atheism does not claim knowledge of everything, it places a question mark where others will assign non-existential philosophy. Stone and Bronze Age philosophies are not answers to the myriad questions posed by the exigencies of the universe and life itself. The Atheist seeks fact and truth by question and discovery, not by emotion and opinion.

Atheism does not contaminate the glorious heavens with anthropomorphic gods, ghouls and ghosts. Rather, it creates the heavens by discovery of the glories it exudes regardless of our pursuits.

The constructive and seeking nature of Atheism reveals truth as discovered, accepting the proven new and discarding the false old. If the Earth is proven spherical, it is accepted and the old notion of a flat Earth is discarded. Atheism reveals truths as discovered, regardless of human opinions, always willing to accept new frontiers of knowledge.

The search for knowledge and truth cannot be misled by incorrect action, hence Atheists are those who strive to leave the space they occupy the better for it. To progress, to advance life; we act for the common good of all, to bring out the best in people and our environment.

The Non-Religious Civil Union Org does not engage with either Bronze Age traditional religions or any newer variants that place belief before fact.

The Non-Religious Civil Union Org is constituted to assist those with similar outlook to have recourse to the same privilege regarding civil union marriages as traditional religions, without suffering the indignity of governmental bureaucracy prior to celebrating a union between consenting and eligible couples, regardless of gender, race or sexual preference.

The Non-Religious Civil Union Org is a new initiative and therefore requires a minimum of 250 signed and identified members to apply at the SA Dept of Home Affairs as an Organisation which can designate members for application as Civil Union Marriage Officers. Should you be interested in supporting this initiative, please apply for an application form via PM on my FB profile. An application form and copy of the constitution of the Non-Religious Civil Union Org will be sent forthwith for your consideration.

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