Entrapped by Tolerance: Humanism in the Netherlands
The doctrine of tolerance and, foremost, respecting cultural and religious diversity cannot easily cope with those who claim the right to intolerance, especially within the same society.
Dr Floris van den Berg, a philosopher at Utrecht University, the Netherlands, is a member of the Dutch Freethought Association. He argues that Dutch Humanists have got into a muddle about multiculturalism. He says,
Dutch organised humanism has lost its orientation by taking the path of multiculturalism and thereby forgetting the essence of humanism: the freedom of the individual – not the group.
His article is relevant to our concerns about secular education, amongst other things.