A Humanist Statement on the Paris Terrorist Attacks

In the wake of the horrific attacks in Paris on Friday, November 13, 2015, the American Humanist Association shares the shock and grief felt by all, but additionally we feel anger at those who would impose their ideology of hate on others through the use of violence and terror. The American Humanist Association unconditionally condemns the use of violence and terror to achieve any end, and stands with the people of France in solidarity with their grief and their hopes for a peaceful future free from political and religious violence.

Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, said, “Under attack were not only the citizens of France, but all people in the world who value human dignity and modern secular society.”

Rebecca Hale, president of the American Humanist Association, said, “As humanists we understand that we get just one life, so life is very precious to us. It’s a core value. The wanton killing in Paris on Friday is a tragic reminder of the need to embrace basic human rights.”