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article imageGay humanist charity welcomes Queen’s support for unbelievers

By Mathew Wace Peck     Nov 26, 2010 in World
A UK gay charity, the Pink triangle Trust, has welcomed HM Queen Elizabeth II’s recognition that people don’t need faith in order to lead moral lives and to contribute positively to society.
Earlier this week, the Queen addressed the Church of England General Synod, where she told members that believers and atheists were equally able to contribute to the prosperity and wellbeing of the country.
Following a service of Holy Communion in Westminster Abbey, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, welcomed the Queen and her husband, the Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, to the Inaugural Group of Sessions of the Ninth General Synod.
The Queen then addressed the General Synod and, during her speech, she said:
In our more diverse and secular society, the place of religion has come to be a matter of lively discussion. It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue and that the wellbeing and prosperity of the nation depend on the contribution of individuals and groups of all faiths and none.
The Queen’s words have found favour with some British gay humanists – who promote humanism as “an ethical approach to life without religion” believing that people “can be good without God”.
In reply, George Broadhead, who is the secretary of the UK’s first and only gay humanist charity, the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT), said:
Given that the Queen is the supreme governor of the Church of England and the Head of State, this is a remarkable recognition – and very welcome. It is also extremely important.
For far too long religionists, even relatively moderate ones, have tried to claim that only they can lead moral lives and that religious faith of some sort is vital to society’s wellbeing.
The Queen’s words knock this on the head and should be a lesson to all those who denigrate unbelievers and – in the case of Islamists – threaten them with hellfire and death.
We hope that the Queen’s words will be noted by those political parties who grant religionists completely unfair privileges, as well as the media, which is often grossly prejudiced in their favour.
According to the PTT website, the charitable trust was set up, in 1992, “to advance the education of the public and particularly of lesbians and gay men, in the principles and practice of Humanism and to advance the education of the public, and particularly of Humanists, about all aspects of homosexuality”. It is a sponsor of the UK LGBT History Month and the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust.
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