By Megan Johnson
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
“Family Guy” guy Seth MacFarlane says he’s an “equal opportunity offender” but that didn’t stop Harvard from honoring the Rhode Island homey with its Humanist of the Year Award over the weekend.
The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard chose the “Ted” director and star for the props based on “his extensive body of work, his active, passionate commitment to humanist values, and his fearless support of equal marriage rights and other social justice issues.”
“I call myself a humanist,” MacFarlane told the crowd at the Memorial Church ceremony. “Atheists just say what you aren’t.”
Humanism, the study and practice of human values rather than supernatural ones, is considered an alternative to traditional faiths. The Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard picks a winner each year “whose life’s work and personal commitment most exemplified the application of humanist values in the public arena.” Past winners include scientists, congressmen and human rights activists.