Category Archive: Humanism

Apr 18 2014

What Carl Sagan Taught His Daughter About Life

Sasha Sagan, daughter of the late, great Carl Sagan, has an article in New York magazine about how her father taught her about the nature of life and death with the humanity and sense of wonder that made him such a treasure to so many of us over the decades.

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Apr 05 2014

FBB Supports Baptist Organization

The Foundation Beyond Belief, for whom I am the media relations coordinator, has chosen the Baptist Joint Committee for Religious Liberty as the recipient of its 2nd quarter 2014 Challenge the Gap grant. A humanist foundation supporting a Baptist group? Yep. And for good reason.

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Apr 04 2014

The Right Way to Volunteer Abroad

The thing I like the most about the Pathfinders Project is the approach taken by the young people involved, led by Conor Robinson. They didn’t go into their year of volunteerism in other countries thinking they were the white saviors coming to help but as people coming to learn from local residents and to find …

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Apr 03 2014

Michigan Whiz Kid Gets More Press

Jacob Slomka, the 10-year old prodigy that famously asked Neil deGrasse Tyson about ways to deflect asteroids when he was here to speak late last year, continues to get attention. Now he’s featured in an article from Ellen DeGeneres’ website as one of their “good news” items.

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Mar 21 2014

Nate Phelps on His Father’s Death

I didn’t think I could respect and admire Nate Phelps more than I already did, but I was wrong. On Thursday he released this eloquent, compassionate and moving statement about the death of his father, Fred Phelps, founder of the hateful cult the Westboro Baptist Church.

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Mar 12 2014

Amy Roth’s Challenge

I really love this essay by Amy Roth (aka Surly Amy) wherein she issues a challenge to the atheist and skeptical community to do something positive, even something very small, to help other people. Her thoughts are very much in line with where I’ve been heading with my activism over the last year or so.

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Mar 11 2014

Eight Year Old Puts Humanism on Display

Here’s a story that is both sad and thrilling at the same time. It’s sad that there are kids who can’t afford to eat lunch while at school, but I love the example showed by this young kid here in Michigan to raise money to make sure they can. Whether he knows it or not, …

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Mar 10 2014

Why Sagan Matters

As the reboot of the famous Cosmos TV show is set to begin, with Neil deGrasse Tyson at the helm, original host Carl Sagan is the subject of a great deal of discussion. Kimberly Winston at the Washington Post looks at Sagan’s enormous influence in the atheist, skeptic and humanist community and quotes a lot …

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Mar 06 2014

Pathfinders Bring Clean Water to Thousands

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Some of the things the Pathfinders have done around the world in the first few months of their journey has been difficult to quantify. They’ve worked with kids in humanist schools and helped people at refugee camps. But here’s a very clear example we can point to of something they did: Opened a water purification …

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Feb 28 2014

Secular Organizations for Sobriety Needs Help

Like many of you, I have friends who have benefited greatly from Alcoholics Anonymous and similar programs. But I also think it’s very important to have secular alternatives to those programs and, unfortunately, Secular Organizations for Sobriety/Save Our Selves is in dire financial need to continue operating. Ophelia put up a guest post that explains …

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Feb 21 2014

An Interview With Ben Baz

This is a brief interview I did with Abdel Aziz Mohamed Albaz, aka Ben Baz, the Egyptian blogger who was recently released from prison in Kuwait for blasphemy. It touches on his treatment in prison and what happens now that he has gone back to his native Egypt, which has harsher blasphemy laws than Kuwait.

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Feb 21 2014

New Study Hammers Mother Teresa

A new study by Canadian scholars counters the popular myth that Mother Teresa was a selfless hero, making many of the same criticisms made by some who worked with her organizations and harsh critics like Christopher Hitchens. The Huffington Post reports:

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Feb 20 2014

The Varieties of Black Religious Experience

The Huffington Post has an article that profiles a number of African-Americans from different religions, including no religion at all. For the atheist perspective they look at my friend Debbie Goddard of the Center for Inquiry. She says of her experiences:

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Feb 15 2014

Podcast-a-Thon for the Foundation Beyond Belief

The good folks at Be Secular are holding a Podcast-a-Thon to raise money for the Foundation Beyond Belief, from noon Feb. 22nd to noon Feb. 23rd. There are a lot of amazing people taking part as guests, including Dale McGowan, Nate Phelps, Jerry DeWitt, Alix Jules, James Croft and many more. The link to donate …

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Feb 10 2014

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You

I posted Conor Robinson’s story yesterday about the Pathfinders Project’s Haiti latrine work and the need for donations. In less than 24 hours, you guys donated the entire $6000 necessary to build the 20 more latrines that were needed. Consider me blown away. I cannot thank you enough. Hundreds of people will have safer drinking …

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