How is a Humanist Service Group Different from the Peace Corps?

Last month, I posted an interview with Conor Robinson, who began the Humanist Service Corps (a project of Foundation Beyond Belief). It’s sort of like a non-proselytizing, secular mission trip. Conor is currently leading a team in Ghana for his second stint overseas, doing a lot of incredible work over there.

One of the questions that popped up after that interview was one we really should have addressed up front: How is the Humanist Service Corps different from something like the Peace Corps?

Writing at Applied Sentience, he answers that question in detail:

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Florida Judge Rules That Christian Ex-Convict Ministries Are Eligible for State Funding

For prisoners who are granted parole or finish their sentences, it can be very tough to assimilate back into society. If they’re lucky, they’ll have the help of individuals or organizations that can serve as a sort of training area from the moment they leave prison, teaching them vital skills, helping them obtain necessary paperwork, offering useful social programs, and showing them how to get food and apply for housing.

Florida works with several groups that provide these services, but two of them — Prisoners of Christ and Lamb of God Ministries — are explicitly Christian organizations. They’re voluntary, but there’s a question of whether the state should be using taxpayer money to support any faith-based group that does this sort of work.

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Now, a judge has answered that question with a disturbing “Yes.”

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Mayor Who Took Oath on Constitution Instead of Bible Says He “Would Not Be Elected” Today

Bob Scott was elected mayor of Franklin, North Carolina last year and made it a point to take his oath on a Constitution instead of a Bible. He even told the American Humanist Association that he made the decision because “there is so much controversy surrounding separation of church and state. I am a firm [Read More…]

Let’s Hope the Guy That Donald Trump Might Shoot Doesn’t Shoot Back

As you know by now, Donald Trump told a crowd yesterday that, according to some of his followers, he’s so invincible right now that he “could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and [he] wouldn’t lose any voters, OK?… It’s, like, incredible.”

It makes you wonder how devoid of morals his supporters are that they wouldn’t flinch in their support of him even if Trump turned out to be a murderer.

Some Christians they are. The only thing that would have made the speech better is if Trump followed up his shooting comment with one about how much he loves the Bible.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Settles Longstanding Fights on The Late Show

It doesn’t matter how meaningful or meaningless the debate is, Neil deGrasse Tyson will put an end to it. He appeared on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to settle those Friday Night Fights.

But not before talking about the newly discovered “ninth planet.” (That alone was worth the price of admission.)

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