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Category Archive: Humanism

Feb 08 2014

The Humanism at Work Conference

After working for the last couple months on this, it is official. The Foundation Beyond Belief will be holding its first annual conference in Chicago, July 18-20. The conference is called Humanism at Work and now has a website, a Facebook page and a Twitter feed. Please like or follow all three and we’d love …

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Feb 05 2014

Love This Quote

Saw this quote over at Andrew Sullivan’s blog and really loved it: “Life is tragic simply because the earth turns, and the sun inexorably rises and sets, and one day, for each of us, the sun will go down for the last, last time. Perhaps the whole root of our trouble, the human trouble, is …

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Jan 20 2014

No, Atheist ‘Churches’ Aren’t Making Us Look Ridiculous

I saw this article by Drew Miller, entitled “Why ‘Atheist Churches’ Are Making Us Atheists Look Ridiculous,” and rolled my eyes at it. I was going to write a full response to it, but Rebecca Watson already said a fair amount of what I would have said. The original article asks several questions that pretend …

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Jan 14 2014

Secular Celebrants Coming to New Jersey?

While everyone else is paying attention to the bridge scandal in New Jersey that has Gov. Chris Christie scrambling for cover, the state legislature is likely to pass a law allowing secular celebrants to solemnize marriages. The state senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of the bill:

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Jan 11 2014

Secular Safe House Is a Great Idea

One of the most important functions of secular communities is providing a safe place for those who have left religion behind can be themselves and find support. But sometimes the need is far more immediate, especially when someone’s family has disowned them as a result of their beliefs. Troy Fitzgerald has a very ambitious idea, …

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Jan 06 2014

Pathfinders in Haiti

Having gone to Cambodia, Uganda, Ghana and Guatemala, our four Pathfinders are now in Haiti where they are working with Children of the Border building latrines to protect the water supply in rural areas of that country. Rural Haitians are still suffering from the consequences of the 2010 earthquake, and the cholera that was most …

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Dec 31 2013

The Humanist Interviews Hemley Gonzalez

Mike Kuhlenbeck has an interview with Hemley Gonzalez in The Humanist that is worth reading despite its flaws. Gonzalez is a guy who went to work in one of Mother Teresa’s homes for the poor in Kolkata, India and was so appalled by what he saw that he decided to start his own organization to …

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Dec 31 2013

An Incredible Story of ‘Witches’ and Hope

Our four Pathfinders just finished a few weeks at one of the camps for accused witches set up by Leo Igwe and other humanists, this one in Ghana. Wendy Webber has a remarkable blog post about the experience that is simultaneously appalling and moving. Like blasphemy accusations in so many countries, witchcraft accusations are often …

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Dec 31 2013

Atheism, Homelessness and False Hope

You may well have seen this column by Chris Arnade, a physicist turned turned Wall Streeters turned activist against homelessness, in The Guardian. His claim is that atheism is “an intellectual luxury for the wealthy.” And his only attempt at an argument for that conclusion is that the homeless people he works with typically believe …

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Dec 26 2013

Seriously, Tom Flynn?

I somehow completely missed this when it was written back in June by Tom Flynn, executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism. It’s a response to Joe Klein’s ignorant comments about how secular humanists don’t help out after natural disasters. And by “response,” I mean that he actually agreed with him while making an …

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Dec 14 2013

Foundation Beyond Belief’s End-Of-Year Fund Drive

It’s the end of the year and that means non-profit organizations are making final pitches for contributions. The Foundation Beyond Belief’s year-end fund drive is going on right now. It’s been an amazing year and things are really picking up. Please contribute if you can. And keep an eye out for an official announcement of …

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Dec 10 2013

The Pathfinders are Fundracing

The Pathfinders are in Accra, Ghana and they’re raising money for the projects they’re doing. They’ve all made some dares if they raise a certain amount of money. Conor Robinson is going to do a full body wax if he raises $750. Now THAT is taking one for the team. I mean look at that …

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Dec 08 2013

Happy Humanist Community Day, Massachusetts

Today is the official opening of the Humanist Hub in Harvard Square, which will be the headquarters for the Humanist Community Project and provide a space for community service projects and meeting space for a Sunday Assembly, Ethical Society of Boston events and much more. And Gov. Deval Patrick declared it to be Humanist Community …

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Dec 03 2013

Foundation Beyond Belief Needs Interns

The Foundation Beyond Belief is searching for motivated young freethinkers to be interns for the first half of 2008. It’s only 8-10 hours a week and it’s a great opportunity to build a resume and work with some amazing people. If you know a young secularist who might be interested, please spread the word. They …

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Dec 03 2013

Sikivu on Secularism and Social Justice

FTB’s own Sikivu Hutchinson is interviewed in Psychology Today about secularism and social justice and what she has to say, as always, is fascinating and important. The first question was about a statement she had made about how women of color are drawn to religion despite its constant attempts to oppress them.

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