Humanism is an ethical worldview but not just an atheist or agnostic one. For many non-religious people, it is a life stance that frames answers to so-called “ultimate questions” about life in the same way that religion does for believers. It is also a “belief” in terms of Article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights, the article that protects Freedom of Religion or Belief.

Humanism is deeply committed to the protection of Human Rights. Considering that this is the only life we have, humanists believe that people should have the freedom to live it in accordance with their own beliefs. Humanism therefore defends the right for everyone to choose his or her own beliefs, values, and lifestyles, subject only to them not interfering with other people’s rights.

Humanism is non-dogmatic. It has no source book of unquestionable rules, no leaders to define infallible doctrine, no definitive answer. Humanism differs utterly from those religions and ideologies that seek to impose on others their own vision of truth or their conception of “right living”. As a result, you don’t formally convert to Humanism. Instead, most people become humanists without contact with any humanist organization, sometimes without even knowing the word.

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