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From the AHA Archives: Carl Sagan’s 1981 Humanist of the Year Speech

Posted May 17, 2012

Listen to famed astronomer Carl Sagan accept the AHA’s Humanist of the Year award at the 1981 AHA Conference in San Diego, California.

MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR: Humanist Lobbying on Capitol Hill

Posted May 10, 2012

Yesterday I met Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado and Representative Chris Murphy of Connecticut to thank them personally for their co-sponsorship of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)—an issue that the American Humanist Association is actively lobbying for passage. In talking with Rep. Murphy about the chances of ENDA being passed in this session, he wasn’t optimistic due to the stronghold of conservatives in the House but believed that it could pass if we did more "reaching across the aisle." 

The only way to ensure passage of bills like ENDA—and the success of many other bills we humanists support—is to do just that: reach across the aisle and convince conservatives to support us. That’s why I’m enthusiastic about Edwina Rogers, the new executive director of the Secular Coalition for America. Yes, she's a Republican--but Edwina’s extensive experience in lobbying and dedication to church-state separation will ensure more bipartisan support on the issues that matter.

Rest assured the American Humanist Association is committed to lobbying for humanist values: social and economic justice, reproductive rights, LGBT equality, peace, and other progressive values. We are proud to join the Secular Coalition for America in lobbying for mainly secular issues: church-state separation and equal rights for nontheists.

I encourage everyone to follow the lobbying work of both the Secular Coalition for America and the American Humanist Association. We are your voice in Washington DC.

Maggie Ardiente
Editor, HNN

AHA Leaders Meet with U.S. State Dept.’s Office of Religious Freedom

Posted May 10, 2012

For the first time in history, nontheists met with officials from the U.S. State Department’s Office of International Religious Freedom to work together to promote the freedom not to believe. 

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The Dead Body Problem

Posted May 10, 2012

Janet Asimov writes a hilarious piece on why we humanists should be concerned about dead bodies just as much as we are concerned about living ones. 

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2012 National Day of Reason Wrap-Up

Posted May 10, 2012

This year’s National Day of Reason was a major success! Check out this year’s proclamations, news coverage, and more. 

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Humanist Magazine Cover Contest: The New Skepticism

Posted May 10, 2012

Have you received the May/June 2012 issue of the Humanist magazine? Enter our Cover Contest by identifying all of the skeptics on the cover and be eligible for a prize!

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Early Bird Rate for AHA Conference Ends Tomorrow!

Posted May 10, 2012

Rates increase after May 11! Don’t wait until it’s too late to register for an exciting AHA Conference in New Orleans featuring Gloria Steinem, Cenk Uygur, Ira Flatow, Jessica Ahlquist, and more!

Humanist Voices in Verse: Helen Bennett

Posted May 10, 2012

This week’s poem “Two By Two” is written by regular HNN poetry contributor, Helen Bennett. 

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The Comics Section: Walking on Water, Vaccinations, and Answered Prayers

Posted May 10, 2012

New comics by Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey, and The Bad Chemicals!

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