For years we have been saying that humanism is a religion—but now it’s official, at least in the state of Oregon.
In April, an inmate serving time at a prison facility in Oregon filed suit because he wasn’t allowed to form a humanist study group, since humanism wasn’t listed as a religious affiliation “under existing prison classifications,” according to the Huffington Post. The federal court recently ruled that denying him the right to hold a study group was against his constitutional rights and pronounced that humanism is indeed a religion.
The discussion of whether humanism qualifies as a religion has come up in more contexts than just prisons this year. Continue reading →