New Orleans (LA) City Council Meeting
26 September 2013
Harry Greenberger (188 words - 2:00)

Secular humanism is not a religion, except in the sense described by Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln said, “When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. That is my religion.” Each of us is a minority. It might be race, religion, sexual orientation or nationality, but we’re all gathered here today, both religious and secular, I hope with a willingness to accommodate diversity and I’m sure with the shared belief that we must treat our fellow human beings with respect and dignity.

My invocation is to you, the city council, asking that you utilize the potential within yourselves and each other and apply your talents and your experience to address the problems and opportunities facing our community today. I invoke your ability to govern amid conflicting interests and issues, your sense of the true needs and welfare of the New Orleans people, your attention to a solution to rampant crime, your ability to work together in harmony even when there is honest disagreement. Let us commit together to inculcate the concepts of justice, equality, freedom, reason and compassion, into ourselves and our actions. Amen.