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Compassion and responsibility, not religion, core of humanism

Elka and Edgar

Religion is not necessary to lead moral and meaningful lives say members of Oakville's new Humanist group. What is necessary is accepting personal responsibility, using critical thinking, acting in a manner that is fair, honest and cooperative and being respectful to others. It may be a surprise to learn that about 16 per cent of Canadians, according to Statistics Canada (2001), are not religious. Edgar Coxeter, one of the founders of the Oakville Humanist Community (OHC) says the time has come for the non-religious to make their voices heard.