Front page of a pamphlet of The Enlightenment in 1994
Front page of a pamphlet of The Enlightenment in 1994



A STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES



THE ENLIGHTENMENT
  1. We are committed to the application of Reason and Science to the understanding of the universe, and to the solving of human problems; and here we are engaged by Arts no less than by Sciences, by Environment no less than by Ethics, by Culture and Tradition no less than by Modernism and Rationality.
  2. We believe in an Open and Pluralistic Society; and that the Responsible and Accountable form of Democracy is the form of Government that guarantees the protection of Human Rights and Civil Liberties from totalitarian regimens and repressive majorities.
  3. We are committed to the principle of separation of religion and state {while precisely defining the limits of religion}.
  4. We believe in the cultivation of moral excellence for us and for our children; with special reference to moral decencies like Altruism, Integrity, Honesty, Truthfulness, Responsibility, and Civic sense.
  5. We believe in the Culture of Peace and Tolerance; and stand for Equal Opportunities, Social Justice, Respect and Dignity for all loyal citizens of a State, male or female, irrespective of race, religion, gender, nationality, color, creed, class or ethnicity.
  6. We affirm the Liberal way of life an alternative to fundamentalism, dogmatism, narrow-mindedness, sectarianism, violence, and the political interference of organized religions. And believing in the fullest realization of the best and noblest that we are capable of as Human Beings, and in enjoying life here in this very world; and in developing our talent to the fullest.
First published by The Enlightenment, Pakistan. January 2000.
BACKGROUND DR SHAIKH ENLIGHTENMENT LAWYER ENGAGED
PAKISTAN BLASPHEMY LAWS FIR HIGH COURT REJECTS BAIL
DR. SHAIKH SENTENCED TO DEATH