I READ with interest Philip Circus’ latest contribution (County Times September 22) in which he deals with the subject of prayers being said at meetings of Horsham District Council – a debate currently being fuelled by West Sussex Humanists who are canvassing the views of all local authorities in the county.
My own view – for what it’s worth – is that there is no way of knowing whether there is a God – in the Christian mould – or not. In the last resort, it is purely a matter of faith, which clearly cannot be quantified.
And it is worth noting that the founder of evolutionary theory, Charles Darwin, always described himself as being agnostic – his last resting place being Westminster Abbey!
What I simply cannot understand is why Humanists are so confrontational towards Christians at a time when men and women of goodwill could co-operate in the relief of human suffering – especially in the developing countries. If I were starving – as they are in parts of Africa – I really would not worry too much whether the food was provided by Christian Aid or War on Want – the over-riding priority being to feed the hungry – with no strings attached.
Compassion for the living world is not the preserve of Humanists or Christians, Muslims, Jews or whatever. Atheists such as Stalin and Lenin were not exactly the most laudable examples of humanity anymore than the Crusaders who showed precious little mercy towards those they considered to be their sworn religious enemy.
It would appear that attendance at prayers at a council meeting is a purely voluntary act which allows non-believers to remain outside the chamber until the start of formal business.
To my mind, this is an example of ‘live and let live’ – a tenet which should appeal to both Humanists and Christians alike. Surely actions speak louder than words – or individual beliefs. In short, ‘By their fruits, ye shall know them’!
ROBERT B. WORLEY
Ayshe Court Drive, Horsham