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Thanksgiving comics by Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey, and The Bad Chemicals!
As a Filipina, I was particularly saddened to learn about the devastation after Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda hit the Philippines over the weekend. But when disaster strikes, I know I can always rely on humanists who are ready to respond with generous financial donations, knowing that using money to purchase food, water and medical supplies is far more useful than sending prayers, Bibles, or proselytizing materials. As the great agnostic Robert G. Ingersoll said, “The hands that help are better far than lips that pray.”
Humanist Charities, the charitable arm of the American Humanist Association, is partnering with the Philippine Atheist & Agnostic Society (PATAS) to send funds that will bring food and water to victims on the Hilutungan Island of Cebu—an area particularly hit hard by the typhoon. I hope you can give $10, $20, or any amount—it truly makes a difference for those in need. You have my sincerest thanks.
Want to become a Humanist Celebrant but need training in how to officiate a wedding? Courses are now available online through The Humanist Institute, the educational adjunct of the American Humanist Association.
The Appignani Humanist Legal Center successfully stopped an elementary school from continuing to work with the evangelical organization Samaritan’s Purse.
Jason Torpy, AHA’s board treasurer, reacts to the media calling the popular Sunday Assembly an “atheist megachurch” and asks whether there’s room for “spiritual” people in the freethought movement.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.