We are Inclusive
“Secular” does not mean “anti-religion.” As Arizona’s voice for secular government, Secular AZ is supported by individuals who believe that government policy must remain free of religious bias. We welcome participation of religious individuals who share our view that freedom of conscience must extend to people of all faiths and of none. We are pleased to work in cooperation with a variety of organizations and coalitions where common ground exists on specific issues.
We Represent the Growing Arizona Community that Values Secularism
Nontheists are the fastest growing ”religious“ demographic in the United States and in the state of Arizona. Approximately 27% of Arizonans identify as "none" or unaffiliated with any religious belief. That's about 1 in 4 of your friends, neighbors, co-workers and elected officials — a demographic larger than most others combined.
What’s in a Name?
Nontheistic individuals choose to self-identify in many different ways. This is a personal choice; no one term has a definite or required set of beliefs, and many terms overlap.
Common nontheistic labels of personal choosing may include:
Someone who disbelieves in, denies, or lacks a belief in the existence of god or gods. When we are unaware of, or choose not to believe in, any or all known claimed gods, we are all atheists.
Someone who neither accepts nor rejects the existence of god(s) based on the claim that it is impossible to know whether god(s) exists or not.
Someone who subscribes to humanism, a rational philosophy that affirms the dignity of every human being, advocates for the extension of participatory democracy and the expansion of an open society, and stands for human rights and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, humanists recognize human beings as a part of nature, derive the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological or ideological abstractions, and assert that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny.
Someone who does not accept claims on the basis of dogma or religious authority, but applies critical thinking, logic, and empirical reasoning as the basis for acceptance and rejection of claims.
Someone who promotes the value of doubt and critical thinking along with rational inquiry and scientific methodologies. Skeptics don't deny the possibility of knowledge; rather, they argue that many knowledge claims are unfounded, and we should always be prepared to doubt and apply rational and empirical methods to collect data and test claims.