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The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society, or PATAS, is a social organization for the public understanding of atheism and agnosticism in the Philippines.[1] It serves to educate society, and eliminate myths and misconceptions about atheism and agnosticism.[2] It speaks against discrimination of the non-religious, and for equal opportunities as Filipino citizens. PATAS encourages harmonious information exchange among its atheist and agnostic members, and encourages its members to come out and speak for their lack of religious beliefs.

Activities

The Philippine Atheist and Agnostics Society is a legitimate atheist organization in the Philippines, and is privileged to function in public.

Atheism/Agnosticism 101

Members meet in major parks in the Philippines to discuss about atheism and agnosticism, and how to approach discussions and debates.

Coming Out Campaign

One of the activities of the society is a monthly Coming Out Campaign, where they prepare audio and video presentations, as well as inform people about atheism and agnosticism. They do this in major parks and other key areas throughout the Philippines.

Know Your Religion

PATAS also organizes Know Your Religion (KYR) events which entail visits to various religious institutions in the Philippines. Among its objectives is to understand better the culture of religious faith for PATAS members to be able to give first hand reviews and critiques as to what they see, as well as engage in focused group discussions with religious devotees.

Good without Religion

The pioneering members, ever since before PATAS was founded, already organized outreach programs for marginalized communities, called Good without Religion feeding and education programs.

Secular Humanism

Marissa and Dawkins

Marissa Langseth with Richard Dawkins, during the AHA Conference last April 2011.

As an affiliate and associate of various humanist groups, the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society accepts the IHEU Minimum Statement on Humanism:[3]

"Humanism is a democratic and ethical life stance, which affirms that human beings have the right and responsibility to give meaning and shape to their own lives. It stands for the building of a more humane society through an ethic based on human and other natural values in the spirit of reason and free inquiry through human capabilities. It is not theistic, and it does not accept supernatural views of reality."

The organization also endorses the Amsterdam Declaration 2002, whereby the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society promotes Secular Humanism as an alternative to religious-based ethics.

Marissa Torres-Langseth, Chairwoman of the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society, represents the organization in various Humanist associations to establish international relations and give the society its international recognition.

See also



References

External links

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