Jerry Johnston Interviews Vic Wang on the Humanists of Houston22 August 2016
According to Pew Research, 73 percent of Houstonians identify as Christian, yet Houston is home to the largest chapter of the American Humanist Association. Where is the disconnect? I had a brief interview with the chapter president, Vic Wang. I asked him how he reconciled being the largest chapter of humanists in the Bible Belt. He replied,
“Well, the reality is, you know – of course Houston is a big city – but we are also a very conservative city with a lot of Christianity, a lot of religion. That actually helps groups like ours when it gives people a reason to have to come out and seek us out when they’re surrounded by religion all the time. And in many cases they don’t even know anybody else who is also a humanist atheist and whatnot. So, yeah, that’s what we’re for. We provide a community and try and promote secular humanism. So, I think that’s a reason – the fact that we are so religious is actually a reason that we’re so large.”
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