FHV Statement of Purpose

The Freethinkers of the Hudson Valley strive to replace unfounded beliefs with reasoned conclusions using rational arguments based on scientific evidence, historical evidence and logical reasoning.

Although all untenable truth claims will be challenged, irrational religious beliefs will be the predominant focus due to their abundance in society and great potential for both individual and societal harm. The coalescence of a freethought group is vital in this regard because it enables an organized opposition to the well-established religious lobbying and proselytizing forces in this nation. The Freethinkers of the Hudson Valley (FHV) will protect the rights of the growing minority of freethinkers, by raising public awareness, championing the respectability of the freethought position, serving as community defenders of targets of dogmatic injustice, and creating an open platform for ideas.

FHV will advocate the principles of freethought in the following spheres:

The United States Constitution demands the separation of church and state. This division is gradually being eroded by large-scale religious-driven movements. FHV will defend the secular values enshrined in the first amendment.

A complete, factual and objective education is an important facilitating factor in combating childhood indoctrination and developing critical-thinking abilities. FHV will promote a strong educational system and the value of scientific knowledge.

Human Interaction
Culturally-inherited creeds result in many forms of discrimination. Furthermore, cultural norms often discourage discourse that tackles the root causes of such intolerance. FHV will elevate human equality, provide a safe haven for freethinkers and other targets of religious prejudice, and engage in and extol the virtues of public discourse on contentious and taboo subjects.

Public Perception
Many subscribers to religious doctrines portray all non-believers as ignorant and immoral at best to evil and nihilistic at worst. FHV will abolish these false perceptions by promoting ethical values and actions that are not beholden to dogmatism.