Two sentence value statements



There is no credible evidence, no argument based upon the principles of science and reason, to support either the existence of  a supernatural god or the physical manifestation of a god in the form of an earthly saviour.  Fundamentalist religions, of nearly all stripes, are at their core a barely-concealed fraud.

separation of church and state

Personal beliefs founded upon the suspension of scientific principles and reasoning (i.e., faith) should remain within the individual sphere, and should not impinge upon the rights of others.  Childrens' medical care should not be withheld due to the religious beliefs of their parents; religious rites and prayers should only occur in private settings, or in public settings where the rights of others are not impinged; religious tenets that run contrary to established science should, without exception, be excluded from school curriculae.    

Sentient creatures

One should strive to act with compassion and empathy towards all creatures in accordance with reason.  Animals should not be killed merely for sport or for convenience, detained within zoos or entertainment venues for the sole purpose of showcasing them to the public, and should not be considered collateral damage in the pursuit of other aims.

death penalty

The death penalty should be abolished.  It is inconsistent with the core values of advanced societies, it does not provide the degree or scope of deterrence many ascribe to it, and America has proven grossly incapable of assigning the penalty of death without error.  

The freedoms of others should be respected, including the freedom to offend.  A person should have the right to burn his nation's flag, to kneel during the singing of their national anthem, and to express personal views that others consider abhorrent.  

offensive acts

reproductive rights

Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.   Contraception and comprehensive sex education should be available to everyone who has reached puberty.  

One's body is inviolable, subject to one's own will alone.  Those with terminal illnesses, with the support and guidance from medical doctors, should have the right to end their lives on their own terms.  

assisted dying

gun rights

Guns and gun owners should be subject to rigorous oversight by the government, as in every other developed country in the world.   The right of someone to own a firearm should not impinge upon the right of others to live without fear of intentional or accidental violence by their use.