With Remembrance Sunday approaching, I'm surprised to find out that the UK doesn't allow non-religious representatives at the Cenotaph ceremony. Christians, Sikhs, Muslims and Jews are entitled to figure-heads...but not atheists and humanists.
A nation’s military represents a cross-section of society that includes men and women with differences in beliefs and social backgrounds. If they
die for their country, their death is a sacrifice no matter what their beliefs were and deserves respect.
In that light, those who describe themselves as humanists should be equally entitled to a representative being at the Cenotaph to pay respects to
their service and death.
Whilst alive, their conscience and perspective on life meant they didn’t subscribe to, or entertain, religious views. They didn’t believe in gods
or God and chose to live their lives according to standards that do not rely on religious consequences or bargains.
They should have the respect of their country and still be entitled to a representative who can symbolise the grief and mourning of their passing.
Their deaths were not in pursuit of religious doctrines so why shouldn’t they be allowed a symbolic mourner of their sacrifice?
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