Got home from visiting Ottawa to find my Humanist Association of Canada membership kit! Their mission? "To foster the development of reason, compassion and critical thinking for all Canadians through Humanist education and community support and to actively promote the separation of religion from public policy." Those are certainly lofty goals. Frankly I hope we can take it a step further. When someone says they believe in a deity they should say it in a quiet whisper and with the same sense or embarrassment I would feel if I told people I still believed in Santa Claus. How about shortening the mission statement? "Helping people grow up and face reality without fear or hate!"