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Many of you probably share the same experience: Ten years ago, I had a flip phone which I used only for phone calls. Now I can hardly separate myself from my iPhone without calling, texting, checking email, reading the news, even watching movies. But rather than bemoan my bondage to technology, I embrace the opportunity to stay connected in ways I would've never imagined possible.
One of the simplest ways to stay connected to the American Humanist Association is to get updates from us via text message. Simply text AHA to 50555 to join the Humanist Mobile Community and receive breaking news from the American Humanist Association. (We never send more than two (2) text messages a month, and you can unsubscribe at any time by texting STOP to 50555 to STOP. Text HELP to 50555 for HELP. Full terms: mgive.org/T) Last month, our mobile community members got to hear first that former Rep. Barney Frank will be our 2014 Humanist of the Year. What news will December bring?
When a teacher began leading prayers in a public school classroom, one student stood up for church-state separation. High school student and humanist Gavin Hunt shares his story on why he sued his school to protect students’ rights.
The American Humanist Association won a legal case on behalf of student Gracie Bedi, who protested against mandatory Christian assemblies held during public school hours.
Humanist Press author Nikki Stern examines what it means to be “spiritual not religious” by eliciting reactions from friends who find themselves varied on the religious-secular spectrum.
Chris Lindstrom reviews the second film of The Hunger Games’ franchise, out in theaters now, and highlights many of the book’s humanist elements.
A famous punk rock band known for criticizing religion releases a Christmas album? Is it any good? AHA’s Meghan Hamilton reviews the latest from Bad Religion.
Read the latest poem by HNN poetry editor Daniel Thomas Moran.
Joan Reisman-Brill offers advice to a humanist who recently attended the Sunday Assembly but found it too “church-y.” Plus, what if you’re a humanist who likes to sing religious songs?
The latest from your favorites: Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey, and The Bad Chemicals!
Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. It combines my three favorite things: family, food, and football! I hope you enjoy this year’s Thanksgiving Issue and consider using one of our “non-prayers” before the big meal or even making an AHA staffer’s favorite Thanksgiving dish from our collection of recipes!
I’m also looking forward to starting my holiday shopping on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday (I have seven siblings and six nieces and nephews—I need the deals!). But did you know about Giving Tuesday, a movement to encourage more Americans to donate to charity? The American Humanist Association is a proud member of a coalition of charities participating in Giving Tuesday this year, and we hope you’ll take part!
As you consider buying gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, consider a special gift to the American Humanist Association as we continue our important work on behalf of the non-religious community. After all, considering the inevitable church-state violations that happen during Christmas, we’ll need it to protect our public spaces from religious intrusion!
Need a secular grace this Thanksgiving? HNN readers and AHA members submit their own Thanksgiving “non-prayers” that can satisfy both religious and non-religious family members before the big meal!
AHA staffers love Thanksgiving! Read the stories behind our favorite recipes, and test out a recipe for yourself this Thanksgiving!
Many Americans are preparing this Thanksgiving for food and football—and the movement to change the name of Washington DC’s football team is making national news. Matthew Bulger argues why it’s time to make a change.
Lucas McCahill of the LGBTQ Humanist Council—Baltimore Chapter shares the history behind Transgender Day of Remembrance and encourages all AHA Chapters and Affiliates to participate in supporting Trans rights.
A big thank you goes out to all of our members who contributed generously to the Philippine Typhoon Relief Fund and the Philippine Atheist and Agnostic Society (PATAS)! Read an update from PATAS founder, Marissa Langseth.