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TT Humanists feature in International Magazine
The TT Humanist Association has been featured in the latest issue of the quarterly magazine, International Humanist News (August 2005), published by the International Humanist and Ethical Union. The IHEU article said the union was "pleased to highlight the dynamism of the newly formed Trinidad and Tobago Humanist Association the first Humanist Association in the Caribbean.
It noted that the TTHA was created because of the founders conviction that a humanist perspective is crucial for peace, stability and progress of their society. The newsletter also referred to the Association's core statement, which asserts that the humanist principles of rationality, ethics, tolerance, and compassion should be applied to politics, social policies, and economic programmes, as that would help to draw the Caribbean society back from the abyss of increasing crime, spiralling poverty, and incompetent governance.
The TT Humanist Association was officially launched on September 24th (Republic Day) this year at the National Library. Presentations were made by environmentalist Nicola Cross on a humanist perspective on crime; by web design consultant Shane Collens on the virtues of secularism; and by newspaper writer Cedriann Martin on the dangers of the abstinence-only policy being pursued by the Ministries of Education and Health. A statement on the same issue released by the Association earlier in the year was reproduced in the IHEU newsletter. In their presentations, the Association's members called for the decriminalisation of marijuana; the removal of laws against blasphemy and tax exemptions on religious organisations; and the introduction of comprehensive sex education programmes in schools.
Writer and founding member Kevin Baldeosingh also spoke about "The Importance of Humanism", in which he suggested that the way to solve the country's problems was for every concerned person "to choose a particular problem, a particular issue, which interests them and which their talent or skills or knowledge or position equips them to fight." However, Baldeosingh added that far too many people in Trinidad and Tobago were "concerned only about their racial or ethnic or religious or class groupings, and far too few, no matter what their rhetoric to the contrary, are concerned about the entire society."
Download IHN Magazine August 2005 (PDF)