Australia’s National Secular Lobby provides a stronger and more active voice for the nation’s secular majority.
The NSL is pro-secular rather than anti-religious. We work towards the separation of religion and state, and the removal of undue religious privilege in legislation.
We are a flexible team of secular specialists headed by high-profile ambassadors able to liaise directly with senior media executives and parliamentarians.
The NSL works constructively with pro-secular groups around Australia to advance a national secular agenda.
Members and supporters hold that all significant beliefs and actions should be based on reason and evidence, that the natural world is the only world there is, and that answers to the key questions of human existence are to be found only in that natural world.
By way of practical action, we call for:
1. A secular, pluralistic and democratic Australia
2. Clear separation between religion and the State
3. ‘One law for all’, with no recognition of parallel legal systems
4. Religious organisations subject to the same laws as other organisations
5. Children not to suffer because of the religious views of their parents
6. Education to be strictly secular, not promoting any particular religion
7. No discrimination on the basis of a person’s sex, sexuality or gender identity
8. Freedom of reproductive choice, with no religious interference
9. Healthcare available to all regardless of the religious views of the provider
10. Guaranteed control over one’s own body, free from religious interference, when facing the end of life.
The primary objective of Plain Reason is to promote rational discussion and critical thinking in all matters of public interest, and particularly in those issues which relate to beliefs in the supernatural and pseudo-scientific practices not based on material evidence. Plain Reason argues for the appreciation of science, and to embrace the Scientific Method as the most reliable means to advance knowledge of our world, the universe and our own human origins.
Our aim is to lay open to scrutiny the myths of all religion, but primarily to focus on the undue influences in Australia of evangelical Christianity in politics, education, health, aged care and the welfare sectors. Christian evangelism is based on known fabrications of both the Old and New Testaments, with contemporary historians and biblical scholars rejecting the entire myth of a divine Jesus of Nazareth — Son of God. Plain Reason advances the need for Australia to become fully secular; to teach ‘philosophical ethics’ in schools; and to remove religion from education and the whole political process of government — particularly as it relates to a raft of contemporary social policy.