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Category Archive: Humanism

May 10 2014

Human Rights Activist Killed in Pakistan

A human rights activist and attorney who defends those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan was killed by two gunmen in the city of Multan. Rashid Rehman Khan was one of the most prominent human rights activists in the country and his murder reveals just how horrible the situation is there.

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Apr 29 2014

What the Hell, Orlando Sentinel?

I sent out a press release for the Week of Action, which is taking place right now, and was happy to see that the Orlando Sentinel picked up on it and published an article about it. But very oddly, they decided to put a video on top of the story about American Atheists suing over …

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Apr 28 2014

What Nietzsche Has to Teach Us About Atheism and Humanism

On Thursday evening I sat in on one of Dan Fincke’s online courses on Nietzche, during which time we read part of Thus Spake Zarathustra. It was a very interesting couple hours and I learned much. I had never read Nietzsche before and only really knew of him from reading H.L. Mencken and I was …

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Apr 24 2014

Military Personnel Can Officially be Humanist

In the military, each soldier is allowed to specify a religious identification on their dog tags and in official records, but their choices are limited to a list of approved designations. For a long time, one could only identify as “no religious preference” if they were an atheist or humanist, but that is finally changing.

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Apr 24 2014

Stories From the Pathfinders

One of the things I’m most excited about for the upcoming Humanism at Work conference is talking to the Pathfinders who have been traveling the world helping people for the past year. I want to hear their stories and learn from their experiences, some of which Wendy Webber has recounted in the latest issue of …

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Apr 24 2014

Dan Fincke on Humanist Charity

Dan Fincke has a great essay on the importance of organized humanist charity, with a special shout out to the Foundation Beyond Belief and the Humanism at Work conference I’m organizing for July in Chicago. As usual, he expresses my position with far more depth and eloquence than I could ever do.

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Apr 22 2014

Stedman on ‘Atheism Without Works’

Chris Stedman’s latest column expresses a position I have come to hold more and more strongly over the last year or so, which is that atheists and humanists need to build communities and engage in service projects that help better the human condition locally, nationally and globally. He makes the argument that Dale McGowan has …

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Apr 22 2014

Guest Post: Secular Collaboration for Everyone

This is a guest post by John Shook, who has started a fascinating new project called Partners for Secular Activism (PSA). It’s an online platform for classes that teach about skepticism, atheism and related topics. In this post, he explains exactly what the plans are and who is involved.

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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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