Most, if not all, of the most monstrous atrocities ever persecuted by man against his fellow man were committed either under the banner of religion or the flag of patriotism – which is precisely why I feel absolutely no pride in confessing that I am both religious and patriotic. But I am primarily a humanist. I believe that no principal should ever be exalted above humanity for this inevitably leads to intolerance and the implicit condonement of inhumanity. As I see it, the single most defining purpose of both governments and religions should be to effect the humane and ethical treatment of all human kind, not just a geographically or ethnically select few. If not that, then what? How can we ever justify any attempt to preserve our humanity through inhumane means? [John 18:36, Matthew 22:37-40]
I've begun worshipping the sun for a number of reasons. First of all, unlike some other gods I could mention, I can see the sun. It's there for me every day. And the things it brings me are quite apparent all the time: heat, light, food, and a lovely day. There's no mystery, no one asks for money, I don't have to dress up, and there's no boring pageantry. And interestingly enough, I have found that the prayers I offer to the sun and the prayers I formerly offered to 'God' are all answered at about the same 50% rate.