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Essay Competition 2009


Secularism is essential for Trinidad and Tobago
to become a stable and progressive society.

  • Opens: 20 June 2009
  • Closes: 20 August 2009
  • Winners Announced: 20 September 2009
  • First prize: One NetBook • Two runner-up prizes: $500 each.
  • Winning entry will be announced on 20 September 2009 and published.
  • Winners retain all rights to their work after first publication
  1. The competition is open to all nationals of Trinidad and Tobago
    who are 17 years and under on 20 August 2009.

  2. Essays should be between 1500 and 2000 words
    and submitted by 20 August 2009, 12 Noon to:

    1. EITHER
      E-mail: • Subject: TT Humanist Essay Competition

    2. OR
      TTPost and address to
      TT Humanist Essay Competition
      c/o CARIBSCAPE, 4 Hillcrest Avenue, Cascade

      Name and contact details must be submitted on a separate sheet
      Hand delivery by appointment only - please call

  3. All entries must be original and unpublished. Finalists will be interviewed
    by the judging committee to ensure that the essays are their work.

  4. Members of the Association, or their immediate family, are not eligible.

TT Humanist Essay 2009 Competition Flyer (A4)

TT Humanist Essay 2009 Competition Flyer (US Letter)

Media Release • Updated

Secularism Statement on World Humanist Day 2009
The importance of empiricism and ethics in public policy

The recent ruling on the smelter issue is an apt demonstration of the importance of empiricism and ethics in public policy. One might think that no reasonable person would object to such standards, yet influential groups in the society regularly put political interests or superstitious beliefs as better bases for policy-making. … "See Letter"

Religion There is no correlation between religion and ethics
  It is in our collective interest not to conflate religion with the exercise of civil power. Data from the World Values Survey show that the most religious nations are often the least ethical. There is no logical reason to prioritise the representation of religion on any state commission, board of enquiry or board of censors. A secular society, by definition, excludes religion from governance and justice. … "See Letter"
Religion Jehovah Witnesses - a false religion? All or none!
  Why is a national newspaper allowing letter-writers to describe Jehovah Witnesses as followers of a false religion? Since all religions are based on beliefs which cannot be proved, either all religions are false or they are all equally genuine. The newspaper should ensure that it adheres to standards of evidence, logic, and fairness. … "See Letter"
Science Charles Darwin 200 years, Origin of Species 150 years
  In Trinidad and Tobago, the scientific project may not be as important as in developed nations, but the standards listed are obviously essential to solving our social and economic problems. Understanding evolution, as a simple and elegant and powerful scientific fact, can help foster the attitude that our country needs now and for the future. … "See Letter"
Secularism Marriage Act is Child Abuse
  So rather than alter the Marriage Acts, the framers of the Children’s Bill are saying that all these sexual acts, which are deemed harmful to children 14 years and under, are magically healthy and acceptable once committed within the bounds of marriage. … "See Letter"
Secularism Statement on TT Humanist Day 2008
  There is no country in the world which has developed status and which adheres to traditional values, which include putting the good of your own religious or racial group before the good of the nation, placing women in a second-class status, opposing science, and intolerance for difference. … "See Statement"

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