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Secular humanism is humanism that is atheistic in nature. It is a philosophy which holds that human beings are the most important figures, and that social problems are best solved without the involvement of religious doctrine. People who are secular humanists focus on ways to better themselves and human beings as a whole. They try to be 'good without god'. They are often viewed as self-centered[Citation Needed].

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Infighting within the secular humanism faction of atheism

See also: Atheist factions

Paul Kurtz is an atheist philosopher who formerly taught at the State University of NY at Buffalo. Dr. Paul Kurtz founded the modern secular humanism movement which is a form of philosophical skepticism. In addition, he also founded the organization the Center for Inquiry which focuses on promoting secular humanism. In 2009, Dr. Kurtz lost his leadership position at the Center for Inquiry.[1]

Currently, there is an ideological struggle within the modern secular humanism faction of atheism concerning how militant the movement should be which primarily arose post New Atheism movement which is a more militant form of atheism. (see also: Militant atheism). Paul Kurtz is against the secular humanism movement becoming more militant but some newer followers of secular humanism disagree with Kurtz.[1]

Kurtz's ouster from the Center of Inquiry leadership position

On October 10, 2010, a contentious exchange between members of the Secular Humanism faction of atheism founded by Paul Kurtz and the atheist Ron Lindsay was caught on tape.Video - Part one and Video - Part 2

During the exchange Ron Lindsay said that infighting has been occurring within the Secular Humanism faction of atheism for years.[2] A Paul Kurtz supporter said that Kurtz was censored by Ron Lindsay and his supporters and Kurtz was driven out of the organization that he founded (Center for Inquiry).[3] Lindsay claimed, however, that Kurtz voluntarily resigned from the organization he founded and Kurtz was never censored. Furthermore, Lindsay said that Kurtz's idea of a "planetary federation" was impractical. [4] Kurtz countered that he was never allowed to publish why he resigned from the organization and that he was censored by the organization that he founded.[5]

Dr. Kurtz described the events surrounding the loss of his leadership position as a "shattering blow".[1]

Paul Kurt's lack of a legacy

An advocate of the Question evolution! campaign pointed out that according to Compete.com Paul Kurtz's website had 600 unique visitors as of March of 2012.[6] In addition, it was pointed out that the organization that he founded and resigned from, the Center for Inquiry, has had a precipitous decline in their organization's website traffic in 2012.[7]

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