University of Wisconsin–Madison

Stand Against Scientific Racism

The Guardian released a report this morning highlighting that Steven Pinker and Sam Harris, men often looked up to as “leaders” in the secular community, are connected to the pseudo-science known as “scientific racism.” This racist and incorrect belief asserts that some races are inherently more intelligent than others. This view is disgusting, reprehensible, and little more than racism trying to pass itself off as bad science. While some hold these men to be the leaders of our community, we disown them. Atheists, Humanists, and Agnostics does not tolerate racism within the secular community. As humanists, we have a duty to weed it out when it rears its ugly head in our community. Unfortunately, this pruning is not done often enough and that is a fundamental failure on the part of the secular community, in which we include ourselves. We call upon the secular community to do more to weed out racism, hate, and intolerance in our midst. Enough is enough.

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