Humanist Crisis Response Raising Funds for Child Refugees

The Foundation Beyond Belief and the American Humanist Association are joining forces for a Humanist Crisis Response to the child refugee crisis at our Southern border. The fundraising campaign will focus on an aspect of the situation that has gotten little attention — providing attorneys for the immigration hearings each of them will face.
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I Was on Dutch TV

When I was in Charleston, South Carolina doing my Stand Up Skeptic show a couple months ago, there was a Dutch TV crew that was following around Herb Silverman and they filmed most of my talk. I’m in the video for just a few seconds, doing a joke about the American Family Association selling an artificial burning cross. Here’s the full video.
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Huge Victory for Secular Celebrants

The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals has given us a major victory, ruling in a case brought by CFI Indiana that the state must allow secular celebrants to solemnize marriages along with clergy. The ruling was by a three-judge panel that included two legendary conservative/libertarian legal scholars, Judge Frank Easterbrook and Judge Richard Posner.
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Igwe Performs Africa’s First Humanist Wedding

Nigerian humanist leader Leo Igwe, for whom I have booked a two week speaking tour of the United States in July, has performed what he says is the first humanist wedding on the entire continent of Africa. It took place in Ghana, where he has set up refugee camps for the victims of Pentecostal witch-hunting. He explains some of the difficulties:
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Foundation Beyond Belief in the New York Times

As the media relations coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief, my job is to get FBB as much media attention as possible. I wish I could take credit for the fact that the New York Times just did a story about FBB and our grant to the Baptist Joint Committee, but I can’t. Dale McGowan had spoken to the reporter for another story and I had nothing to do with it. But I’m certainly thrilled with the exposure. The story focuses on our Challenge the Gap grant, which goes to religious-based charities that are doing effective work on issues important to humanists.
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Almost a Million Dollars Raised for Blood Cancer Research

One of the great things about being the media relations coordinator for the Foundation Beyond Belief is getting to send out press releases about amazing accomplishments. For the last two years, FBB has worked with Todd Stiefel and dozens of local groups all over the country to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. And I’m thrilled to announce that we — you — raised almost a million dollars in the first two years of that effort.
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Help the Kids of a Murdered Atheist

A while back I saw some references to a woman who was killed in a shocking act of domestic violence on the Facebook pages of some of my friends. I think she was even from Michigan. I’m ashamed to say I didn’t pay much attention to it at the time. But Greta Christina writes about this tragedy and a college fund set up for her three children. I just donated to it and I hope that those who can afford it will do the same.
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