An atheist summer camp for children is to be held in the UK for the first time this year, offering a “godless alternative” to similar religious events under canvas.
The purpose of Camp Quest UK, supported by the atheist and sceptic author Richard Dawkins, is to encourage critical thinking and provide children with a summer camp “free of religious dogma”.
On the Camp Quest website we find this:
The Amsterdam Declaration:
Humanism is the outcome of a long tradition of free thought that has inspired many of the world’s great thinkers and creative artists and gave rise to science itself. The fundamentals of modern Humanism are as follows:
Humanism is ethical.
Humanism is rational
Humanism supports democracy and human rights.
Humanism insists that personal liberty must be combined with social responsibility.
Humanism values artistic creativity and imagination
Humanism is a lifestance aiming at the maximum possible fulfilment through the cultivation of ethical and creative living
This religious dogma sounds very much as if it has been lifted straight out Judeo-Christian ethics; the difference is, the humanist version really is irrational because it expects adherence to a set of rules whose reason for being has been removed. Without a Lawmaker, what possible reason is there for Kim Jong-il, for example, to embrace democracy and human rights, when it suits him better not to?
It is probably vain to hope that the atheist summer camp will point this out as part of its critical thinking.