25 Jun '12, 9am

Alex Au – Humanist of the Year 2012

Alex Au – Humanist of the Year 2012

Mr Alex Au was awarded Humanist of the Year 2012 award. This is his speech delivered on 23 June 2012. He blogs at Yawningbread . Speech for Humanist of the Year 2012 Thank you very much for the honour. I think it’s very generous of the Society, though I would understand if it had been a difficult decision since I am a gay man. Some of you may wonder why it is such a big deal that I would open with a sentence about my sexual orientation. It is a big deal because the world in which I am living now makes it so. But it shouldn’t be so, and it wouldn’t be so if we applied reason upon empirical knowledge, which is the very essence of humanism. To be gay is now known to be a completely natural phenomenon, inherently harmless. Yet I am almost certain that some among you in this room still trip over my sexual orientation. At the same time, I am also glad to see that this gathering ...

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