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Using God and President Trump as metaphors for the mindset that permeates our American culture, I will argue for the necessity of a change of our culture’s underlying world view. We have lived too long under the tyranny of fanciful, transcendent ideas controlling our culture. A Humanist, especially an Ethical Humanist, perspective can take purpose and meaning out of the stars and put them into human hands. As we confront the social evils of our times – racism, sexism, homophobia and economic exploitation among others, Ethical Societies should proudly declare our role as teachers of a better philosophic understanding of the meaning of human living.
Richard Kiniry served as Leader of the Philadelphia Ethical Society, 1990-2010. Richard Kiniry is Leader Emeritus of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia, a humanist religious fellowship. He spent his college years in a Catholic seminary, raised chickens in India with Peace Corps for two years, and had his own Stained Glass business for many years. Mr. Kiniry is a graduate of, among other institutions, the Humanist Institute and the training program of the Ethical Culture Movement. He is also the former Director of Camp Linden, a children’s camp in Chester County, PA and a member of the Board of The East Fairmount Park Alliance, a neighborhood community group in North Philadelphia.
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