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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR: Atheists Who Love Christmas

Posted December 05, 2012

I’ll admit it: I’m an atheist who loves Christmas. I love Christmas so much, I put my tree up before Thanksgiving—I just couldn’t help myself. I love it all—beautifully decorated trees, the joy of buying gifts for my loved ones, the excitement of receiving gifts, and, of course, another excuse to eat a lot of delicious food (in my family, we get holiday ham paired with Filipino lumpia). I feel better knowing that nearly all Christmas traditions have pagan roots anyway, and besides, I celebrate Hanukkah, HumanLight, and the Winter Solstice too. Maybe we humanists just like to party! Whatever you celebrate this December, enjoy it, be safe, and have fun with your family and friends.

Maggie Ardiente
Editor, HNN

2012 Holiday Gift Guide for Humanists

Posted December 05, 2012

Steve Major lists a variety of unique gift ideas for the humanist or freethinker in your life. 

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Out with Christmas, In with Yule

Posted December 05, 2012

Audrey Kingstrom, Humanist Celebrant and member of the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis, introduces a holiday alternative for nonbelievers that celebrates the changing of the season. 

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Are Nativity Displays Constitutional?

Posted December 05, 2012

Monica Miller, legal consultant for the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, outlines Supreme Court cases that address the constitutionality of nativity displays on public land. 

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The War on “The War on Men”

Posted December 05, 2012

Sadie Rothman responds to a Fox News writer’s claim that successful women “aren’t women anymore” and all women should “surrender to their nature—their femininity.” 

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AHA Attends White House Meeting on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships

Posted December 05, 2012

AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger attended a meeting at the White House last week but noted some problems with the lack of diversity among religions—and non-religions—represented by the President’s Advisory Council. 

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American Humanist Association Reaches 100,000 Likes on Facebook

Posted December 05, 2012

Over 100,000 Facebook users have “liked” the American Humanist Association’s page! Learn how you can receive regular updates from AHA on your news feed. 

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Facebook Cover Image Contest: Humanism and the Holiday Season

Posted December 05, 2012

Create a Facebook cover image with a holiday theme and enter to win a book of your choice from Humanist Press! Learn more about how to enter. 

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Winner of the “Kissing Darwin” Photo Caption Contest

Posted December 05, 2012

Thanks to everyone for submitting hilarious captions for last issue’s Photo Caption Contest! Find out who won here. 

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The Ethical Dilemma: Christmas Challenges

Posted December 05, 2012

Joan Reisman-Brill answers your holiday-related dilemmas in this week’s issue, including one from a giver that keeps on giving (a little too much).   

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Humanist Voices in Verse: Joseph The Carpenter

Posted December 05, 2012

This week’s poem is by our resident poet and Humanist Voices in Verse editor, Daniel Thomas Moran. 

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The Comics Section: No Women Bishops, Genetically Modified Foods, Material Posessions

Posted December 05, 2012

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

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