Welcome to DASH
We are DASH: Derbyshire Atheists, Secularists and Humanists.
- As atheists we see no need for the god idea and no evidence for it.
- As secularists we campaign for a state free of religious privileges.
- As humanists we try to lead happy, fulfilled and responsible lives.
Please click here to find out more about atheists, secularists and humanists.
We provide a voice in Derbyshire for those with no need of god or religion.
We promote the right of everyone to make a free and informed choice about what to believe.
Don't get us wrong
We recognise that:
- people should be free to believe whatever they wish - with certain conditions - see below.
- good things are done by many religious people - as they are by many non-religious people,
- there are good and bad atheists just as there are good and bad religious people,
- many people are still "searching" for "the meaning of life",
- religious institutions don't necessarily reflect the personal beliefs of religious people,
- many people believe in "something out there" even if they don't define themselves as "religious",
- most people haven't thought about it much.
We have thought about it a lot, we are very well informed, we no longer feel the need to "search" (some of us never felt the need) and we are happy to share what we have found out, and what we believe, with anyone.
Freedom of belief
All freedoms are constrained in one way or another, that's why societies have rules to help us live harmoniously together. Our constraints are:
- Cause no harm.
- Don't call for harm to be caused.
- Don't discriminate based on skin colour, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, disability.
We have left "religion or belief" out of this list because the law allows religions to discriminate. For example, atheists find it hard to get jobs in religious schools which make up over one third of all schools in the UK.
- Don't force your beliefs onto others, particularly children - allow them to make a free and informed choice.
- Allow people the freedom to change their beliefs.
- Support the Liberal Tradition of freedom of belief, thought and speech.
- Don't expect not to be offended - none of us has the right not to be offended.
- Don't expect "respect" for your beliefs - after all, there are many beliefs (fascism, white supremacy, etc.) that don't deserve respect.
This is covered in more depth in our article on "Moral values - good without god".