I am willing for this letter to be published if you deem it appropriate according to Chart regulations.

Josiah RoelfsemaSenior Physics Major at MSSUHumanism/AbortionSecular humanism places mankind as god within its religious confines. First, humanism clearly defines itself as a religion within the Humanist Manifestoes I and II. According to Webster, religion is “any specific system of belief and worship, often involving a code of ethics and a philosophy” and “any system of beliefs, practices, ethical values, etc. resembling, suggestive of, or likened to such a system [humanism as a religion]” (Webster’s New World College Dictionary, Fourth Edition, Def. 2a, b; emphasis from dictionary). Second, within the same manifestoes humanists define the development of mankind as their primary goal. Abortion exists in the U.S. today because of humanist ethics and evolution. Evolution is the base of full-fledged humanism. Evolution itself carries an inherent belief system mirrored in humanism. Humanists believe that mankind shapes its own destiny without aid from any outside powers. Hence, humanists believe man is god.

Since man has become god, abortion is human sacrifice to humanism’s god, mankind. From history we can see that human sacrifice is a sign that a society is falling. Especially is this true with abortion, wherein a society no longer values its children, i.e. the former USSR, where ten times the number of abortions were performed compared to the U.S. While Russia as its own country is attempting to put together a strong nation again, the point is that the Soviet system failed. Rarely even in the animal kingdom does one find parents who kill their young for any reason. Strong societies must bond together throughout and realize that everyone, young or old, sick or well, beautiful or ugly, has something to contribute.

Abortion is not really about life, choice, or the like. Abortion is about what matters to you. Do you value children, friends, and family?