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Last week’s Supreme Court hearing of a case challenging prayers before public legislative meetings will make a huge impact. Bill Burgess of the AHA’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center analyzes the case’s history and what the justices’ said during oral arguments.
A bill that would ensure protections for LGBTQ Americans in the workplace will not be brought to a vote in the House—all thanks to Speaker John Boehner.
Read the latest humanist poem by Harold Saferstein!
Joan Reisman Bill answers your questions this week about the AHA’s stance on asexuality and whether a person can truly be ethical all the time.
Check out a classic comic by The Atheist Pig featuring a hilarious poem!
Did one of the most conservative justices on the Supreme Court recognize atheists in the recent Supreme Court hearing of a case challenging legislative prayer? According to the Greece v. Galloway transcript, Justice Scalia asked Thomas G. Hungar, arguing in support of the town of Greece, if he had a problem with the Supreme Court’s opener of ‘God save the United States and this Honorable Court’ and stated, “There are many people who don’t believe in God.” When Hungar said the phrase was okay, Scalia asked, “Why is that okay?” Hungar didn’t have a clear answer. But maybe Scalia was playing devil’s advocate?
We humanists and atheists know that legislative prayer is not okay, and we’re hopeful that the Supreme Court Justices will recognize how prayer excludes the growing population of atheists and agnostics in the United States. As one of our fans wrote on the AHA’s Facebook page, “[Legislators] are not there to pray, meditate, or read tea leaves. They are there to govern, litigate, and to represent their constituents.” Tell us your thoughts at email@example.com.
We’re excited to honor famous humanists and church-state advocates at the 73rd Annual Conference in Philadelphia June 5-8, 2014! More awardees to announce soon!
In response to yesterday’s Supreme Court case challenging prayers before public legislative meetings, AHA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt stated, “Everyone is best served when government doesn't prioritize one religion over another.”
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center may file a lawsuit on behalf of a high school student who carried a Bible with ripped pages—protesting its verses on LGBT people—and was later suspended.
Matthew Bulger, AHA’s Legislative Associate, discovers an amendment that was inserted into the Affordable Care Act that provides funding toward abstinence-only-until-marriage programs for youth.
Will yoga in P.E. class lead children away from Christianity and into Eastern religions? Parents in Encinitas, CA, think so. So they’ve appealed a court ruling in the hopes of removing stretching and mat exercises from public school curriculum. How do you think this will turn out?
AHA Communications Assistant Christian Hagen calls 12 Years a Slave, a new movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Brad Pitt, a “challenging yet utterly essential” film.
HNN’s very own poetry editor Daniel Thomas Moran was the featured poet for Boston’s Sunday Assembly, a godless congregation featuring musician Pippa Evans and comedian Sanderson Jones!
The Ethical Dilemma is one year old! In honor of its anniversary, advice columnist Joan Reisman-Brill turns the tables and asks you, the readers, for advice.
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