For many Ethical Humanists, the collective effort to assure that our system of government honors the worth of every person is as close we get to a “sacred” quest. In this context, the term holds only secular meaning indicating veneration of the democratic process. William MacKintire Salter, who served as Leader at Ethical Societies in Chicago and Philadelphia a century ago, saw democracy as sacred only when it treats every individual as precious and of inherent worth. On the brink of our election, with democracy being challenged by apathy, economic inequality, racial injustice, and voter repression, what does it mean to say that our form of government is sacred?
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Hugh Taft-Morales joined the Baltimore Ethical Society as its professional leader in 2010, the same year he was certified by the American Ethical Union as an Ethical Culture Leader. He also serves as Leader of the Ethical Humanist Society of Philadelphia. His presence in Ethical Culture has been termed “invigorating.” Taft-Morales lives in Takoma Park, Maryland, with his wife Maureen, a Latin American Analyst with the Congressional Research Service, with whom he has three beloved children, Sean, Maya, and Justin.