Member Spotlight at Secular Woman
“One does not have to be a woman to see the problems women face in society. One does not have to be a woman to stand up for the rights of women. One does not have to be a woman to be a feminist. In this sense, my feminism IS humanism, and the only reason I make a distinction between the two is that women as a group face far more hurdles than men do in general. I’m supporting those who need the help most.”
It is perhaps more than a bit ironic that a journey beginning with spiritual and supernatural doubt brought Martin Pribble to a place of greater certainty.
Not certainty of the existence or non-existence of a deity, but of the importance of preserving human rights in the face of anything—either flawed thinking or the misguided policies it creates—that may infringe on them.
American-born but raised in Australia, Pribble’s family was nominally Christian. Churchgoing was reserved for extended family, but he, his parents, and his brother celebrated major holidays of the faith, and participated in prayer at large family gatherings.
The move to Melbourne, where Pribble still resides today, was the catalyst in the process that led to both his nonbelief and his commitment to equality. The government-run school he and his brother attended sat next to a synagogue, and this functioned as his first exposure to a non-Christian belief system. In fact, many of his classmates were Jewish, and the novelty of knowing people who did not celebrate Christmas in December led to a number of discussions about where Christianity and Judaism agreed—and where they diverged.