Secular Humanism Oct 18, 2019 10:23:28 GMT -7
Post by pieter on Oct 18, 2019 10:23:28 GMT -7
Boris van der Ham (born 29 August 1973) is a Dutch writer, humanist, former politician, and actor. On 23 May 2002, he became a member of the House of Representatives for the Democrats 66 (D66), a social liberal party. Since 24 November 2012, he has been the chairman of the Humanistisch Verbond (HV, sometimes translated as Humanistic Association Netherlands, Dutch Humanist Association or Dutch Humanist League) a Dutch association based on secular humanist principles.
Boris van der Ham was a member of the House of Representatives for the centrist social-liberal Democrats 66 party.
Van der Ham was raised non-religious, though his parents were raised orthodox Protestant. Van der Ham is sympathetic to the Remonstranten, but calls himself an agnostic humanist. He is openly gay and father of a son and daughter.
The moral or politicalmeaning of humanism is clearly alive in the humanist organizations of the Netherlands. The Humanistisch Verbond, Humanitas, Hivos, and all the others regularly use h-words to express their humanitarian strivings and their activities aimed at a more humane society. The worldview meaning of humanism also has remained very much present in Dutch humanism, sometimes in the militantly atheist version (as in Paul Cliteur's newspaper columns), but more often in an open variety. In context it is important to be aware of recent changes in Dutch society and in the way worldviews are conceptualized and studied. (from Modern humanism in the Netherlands of Peter Derkx).