Beyond Secularism

Secularism is an important value: a secular government – a government which does not embody or promote any particular religious or nonreligious worldview, and which bases its policies on what is likely to improve the welfare of its citizens rather than on any particular religious ideology – is an essential component of a flourishing society. [Read More...]

Let Humanism Ring: American Humanist Association 2014 Annual Conference Report

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The American Humanist Association met in Philadelphia this weekend for its 73rd Annual Conference (“Let Humanism Ring!”), a celebration of the Humanist worldview and an opportunity for the AHA (the foremost organization for the promotion of Humanism in the USA) to update its members on the activities of the year. The conference began, as in previous [Read More...]

Secularism is the Best Response to Greece v. Galloway

Yesterday a divided Supreme Court ruled that sectarian prayer – even prayer which promotes one religious faith the vast majority of the time, at the expense of people of other religions or none – can be held prior to legislative sessions of government bodies in the USA. I am not a lawyer or a legal [Read More...]

Sort of Like “Camp Quest” for Grownups – Adventures in Humanist Community!

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Edit: I’ve been asked to make clear that the reference to “Camp Quest” in the title of this post was metaphorical – this retreat is sponsored by the American Humanist Association and the American Ethical Union, not Camp Quest. Ever wanted to spend a week in a mountain lodge, ziplining and hiking in-between rousing discussions of freethought, Humanism, [Read More...]

The Freethought Movement in 2013 – 5 Hopes and Challenges

It’s time to get the freethought movement moving. 2012 has been huge: The Reason Rally powerfully demonstrated the rise of a new political constituency, and the presidential election – with 70% of religious “nones” voting for Obama –  showed the potential of freethinkers to shape American politics in the future. But it won’t be easy: activating our influence [Read More...]

Countdown to 30 – 1 Day to Go! – Felix Adler Calling

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The seventh and last post in my “Countdown to 30″ series, looking forward to my 30th birthday (tomorrow!) and back to how I got here. Felix Adler Calling Throughout my time researching Humanism and working as a Humanist activist, Ethical Culture (a movement of Humanist congregations dedicated to ethical living and the improvement of society) had [Read More...]

Religion and Education: Raising Humanist Kids

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The American Humanist Association’s recent Kids Without God campaign (my thoughts here) has provoked a response from no less a sage than William Lane Craig, who charges that the site, while promoting critical thinking and questioning, “never encourages kids to think critically about the tough questions concerning the justification of humanism itself.” Humanists, he argues, [Read More...]


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