Two sentence value statements

 

religion

There is no credible evidence, no argument based upon the principles of science and reason, to support the existence of a  god.  Even if at some point it becomes clear there is indeed a god, the best possible position to take now is not to believe.  


separation of church and state

Personal beliefs founded upon the suspension of scientific investigative principals and reasoning (i.e., faith) should remain within the individual sphere, and should not impinge upon the rights of others.  Childrens' healthcare options should not be limited or otherwise restricted 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; evolution and comprehensive sexual education should be a mandatory part of every school curriculum.  


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 we have proven 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 should be available to everyone.


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.   It is absurd how tightly we regulate automobiles and the persons who drive them, and yet fail to do likewise with firearms.