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    Liberty and Justice for All?

    At this time last year, as students were returning to school after summer break, the American Humanist Association launched its Boycott the Pledge Campaign, encouraging students and adults to sit down during the Pledge of Allegiance until “under God” is removed. Over the course of the year, the campaign received more than one hundred letters […]

    The Ethical Dilemma: Amending Amen

    Experiencing an ethical dilemma? Need advice from a humanist perspective? Send your questions to The Ethical Dilemma at (subject line: Ethical Dilemma). All inquiries are kept confidential. Amending Amen: How might I end this meal blessing? As we share this meal together, May the nourishment we gain Be used in helping those in need […]

    Humanist Voices in Verse: “I Packed Light”

    This week’s poem is by Matt Stancel. Matt lives with his wife and two daughters deep in the Bible Belt.  His book, Burn This Novel, is available at It is loosely based on his year spent at a Pentecostal Christian college in 1995, and it is hilarious. He is also finishing a collection of […]

    More Reasons Not to Pull Someone Over for No Good Reason

    In many states, including Maryland, law enforcement is prohibited from using racial profiling—targeting a person based on traits such as race, ethnicity, or sexual orientation—when making traffic stops, and racial profiling guidelines typically seem to be enacted on a state or municipal level. (Incidentally, a federal law to prohibit racial profiling was introduced in 2013 […]

    Rules Are for Schmucks: More Faith-Based Initiative Loopholes

    There are a couple of different ways to look at the “faith-based initiative” launched by President George W. Bush and expanded by President Obama. One is that it’s simply a way to make it easier for religious groups to compete for federal grants and contracts. More competition is a good thing, no? Some religious groups […]

    Nonbelievers behind Bars: Does the US Prison System Privilege Religious Inmates?

    When religious individuals accuse atheists of having no morals, one fact atheists frequently cite is the miniscule percentage of atheists in US prisons. However, getting accurate, reliable data on the religious identities of US federal prisoners is often difficult because the Federal Bureau of Prisons does not release that information unless someone requests it through […]

    Humanism for the Twenty-First Century

    The First in the Family Humanist Scholarship initiative, started in 2013 by Black Skeptics Los Angeles (BSLA), provides resources to undocumented, foster care, homeless, and LGBTQ youth who will be the first in their families to go to college. “Responding directly to the impact of the school-to-prison pipeline in communities of color, BSLA is the first atheist organization […]

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