A short introduction to Humanism, tackling some common misconceptions. [Read more...]
That American Atheists Inc. is seeking to defend the secular nature of the government of the USA is laudable, and often they take on necessary and unpopular causes. This cause, however, is only unpopular – there is no infringement of the boundary between church and state here, and to argue that there is one is to argue on the basis of numerous misrepresentations and inaccuracies. [Read more...]
“Gelatogate” is a genuine and troubling instance of discrimination against the nonreligious, and as such should be deplored. It is also an opportunity to demonstrate our capacity for compassion and forgiveness – values central to the Humanist outlook. [Read more...]
Most American are religious. Most of those religious people are Christian. Isn’t it understandable that in a time of enormous suffering people who are religious, and whose religion is commonly represented by the symbol of a cross, will latch onto a cross-shaped piece of rubble and ascribe significance to it and draw strength from it? I understand it. I think many non-Christians can understand it. Now what if you wanted to put this cross in a museum? What if you wanted to record it as part of the history and narrative of the 9/11 attacks, and our response to them? And what if the museum, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, is supported by public money and on public land?
American Atheists, Inc. says no. I say yes, and loudly. [Read more...]
While Humanists frequently voice our commitment to a set of humanitarian values, often our most high profile movement efforts are related to defending the barrier between church and state: lawsuits against the words “under God” in the pledge of allegiance, or against the National Day of Prayer, for instance. I can’t help but wonder, laudable though these efforts are, if the resources we devote to them might do more good – for humanity and our cause – if they were temporarily diverted to humanitarian work which directly improved the lives of our fellows.
Instead of crafting a movement which is (Good) Without God, let’s endeavor to be Good (Without God). [Read more...]