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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR: What Are Humanists Thankful For?

Posted November 14, 2012

Whenever I share the fact that I’m an atheist to a person I’ve just met, the most common question asked is, “If you don’t believe in God, where do you find meaning in life?” So it didn’t surprise me when a reporter contacted the American Humanist Association this week to ask what humanists are thankful for this Thanksgiving season, but it reminds me of how far we still have yet to go to convince the general public that humanists and atheists have plenty of meaning, inspiration, and gratitude for the one life we have. For me, I’m thankful for delicious food, loving family and friends, and the opportunity to watch the Redskins-Cowboys game---the best rivalry in football!

Next week is our Thanksgiving issue, and I want to hear from you! What are you thankful for this season? Do you have any special Thanksgiving recipes you’re especially proud of and would like to share? Write to us at hnn@americanhumanist.org and we’ll publish your comments next week!

Maggie Ardiente
Editor, HNN

AHA’s Ad Campaign Promotes KidsWithoutGod.com on Buses and Online

Posted November 14, 2012

The AHA’s newest bus ad campaign draws viewers to a new website that features videos, fun activities and resources for kids who are good without a belief in a god. 

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High School Students in Pittsburgh Create YouthHumanist.org

Posted November 14, 2012

Two high school seniors expanded their high school freethinker club and created a website for students and adults to discuss humanism. 

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Atheist’s Paradise: New Play Explores Atheism, Philosophy and Higher Education

Posted November 14, 2012

If you live in or are visiting the Washington DC area, don’t miss Atheist’s Paradise, a new play by The Edge of the Universe Players 2. Playwright Bill Goodman talks to HNN about his interest in exploring life’s “big questions.” 

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Spiritual But Not Religious: A Humanist Perspective

Posted November 14, 2012

Binyamin Biber, Humanist Chaplain at American University in Washington DC, explores the need for atheists and humanists to reach out to the large segment of the population that call themselves “spiritual, but not religious.”

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The Need for Humanists in Secular Sweden

Posted November 14, 2012

Despite Sweden’s secularity, religious groups wield power among their own followers. Emilia Ericson of the Humanist Association of Sweden describes the situation and battles humanists are facing to protect women and children.

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Meet the AHA Staff: Emma Bates, Director of Outreach

Posted November 14, 2012

Learn more about the AHA’s newest leader, Emma Bates!

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College Courses in Modern Humanism

Posted November 14, 2012

Did you know that you can take college-level courses in humanism? Learn how members of the Humanist Society of Greater Phoenix created a course at Mesa Community College. 

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The Ethical Dilemma: Elections

Posted November 14, 2012

Joan Reisman-Brill answers your election-related ethical questions this week! 

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Humanist Voices in Verse: “Ecclesiastes” by Frank S. Robinson

Posted November 14, 2012

We're pleased to publish another poem by Frank S. Robinson this week, "Ecclesiastes." 

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The Comics Section: Indoctrinating Children, 6,000 years vs. 9,000 years, and Flat Earth

Posted November 14, 2012

The latest from your favorites: Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey, and The Bad Chemicals!

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