SASS is a Non-Profit Organisation whose members provide services, education, and support to non-religious individuals and external organisations not aligned to religion.
*SASS supports a naturalistic worldview: Naturalism offers a comprehensive worldview based on a scientific and empirical conceptualisation of reality. It puts forward a positive, rational and fulfilling alternative to faith-based religions and non-empirical worldviews, and supports atheism, agnosticism, non-theism, freethought, and humanism. SASS is open to any person who wants to join.
That any person, organisation, or group of persons has the freedom to choose no alignment to beliefs or religion. That they may do so without being disadvantaged, face discrimination, or be subjected to legal recrimination. That this choice is available to each individual in South Africa in both private and public society throughout their life.
To ensure our message is broad enough to attract new members and ensure it, as well as provide information to the public. It is our intention to provide the following three support structures
To foster a social community group for persons who consider themselves secularists, atheists, or non-theists to meet regularly and engage with other like-minded persons.
To provide education for our members and the general public about secularism
To equip SASS volunteers with the resources required to provide support to the public and individuals through presentations, meetings, and information sessions.
Secularism is the strict separation of religious institutions from the state, and the recognition of all people as equal before the law, regardless of religion or lack thereof. South Africa’s Bill of Rights (1997) is a Human Rights Charter protecting the civil, political and socio-economic rights of all citizens. Section 15 of this Bill enshrines the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief, and opinion. Secularism/non-belief/atheism is, however, still very much stigmatised in our country.
At SASS it is our intent to engage in a meaningful way with organisations, the public, the government, and institutions in order to provide information, education, and support, and promulgate freedom of choice that is also free from discrimination to interested parties..