Humanists Raise Concerns About Zimmerman Trial
For Immediate Release
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(Washington, DC, July 15, 2013) — Leadership at the American Humanist Association expressed concern that the recent verdict in the State of Florida v. George Zimmerman case could have a negative impact on questions of racial bias in America.
“The killing of Trayvon Martin, and the system’s apparent failure to adequately address such an injustice, is a tragic reminder that race and perceptions of race are still matters of life and death for which the law provides an uncertain remedy,” says Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Now is the time to challenge the ways in which race and its implications continue to matter—and to work toward a more life affirming society.”
Humanism is a positive philosophy founded upon the inherent worth and dignity of every human being. Humanists reject the notion of “inside” and “outside” groups, which is sometimes used by religious leaders to reinforce animosity and prejudices. Speckhardt added, “Rather than putting faith in ancient texts and divine revelation, humanists use reason to solve our nation’s problems, and we hope to join with others who are willing to address racial bias as a human dilemma.”
Speckhardt concluded, “Regardless of one’s position on a god, as a society we must unite our efforts if we are to overcome great flaws in our social fabric that were so starkly revealed by this trial. We stand with all committed to justice and equality.”
The American Humanist Association (americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington D.C., its work is extended through more than 170 local chapters and affiliates across the United States. Special thanks to the Louis J. Appignani Foundation and The Herb Block Foundation for their support of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms a responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.