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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.
The latest from your favorites: Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey, and The Bad Chemicals!
By now you’ve probably figured out that Humanist Network News likes to find opportunities to incorporate humanism in all aspects of life, and Halloween is no exception. Looking for a last-minute costume and want to show your humanist pride? Don a turtleneck and blazer while carrying a complete set of Cosmos and go as 1981 Humanist of the Year Carl Sagan. Break out the bowler hat and long white beard to be Charles Darwin. Or wear orange pants, an orange shirt, and go as secular humanist Piper Chapman from the popular Netflix series Orange is the New Black. Whatever your creative mind decides, snap a picture and send it to us at email@example.com. We’ll post it on the AHA’s Tumblr page and inspire next year’s Halloween!
Many of us know Halloween’s Christian and pagan roots, but did you know some organizations want to reclaim it as a religious holiday sans costumes and—gasp—candy? Matthew Bulger writes on the many religious and secular rituals surrounding the holiday.
On November 15, Humanist Press will release its newest book, Holidays and Other Disasters by John G. Rodwan, which examines popular holidays in the U.S. from an atheist perspective. Read Rodwan’s chapter on living in Detroit during Halloween.
Recently Nobel Peace laureate Lech Walesa called for a “secular Ten Commandments,” or universal values that transcend religious beliefs. Sounds like humanism to us! Christian Hagen draws up a set of commandments inspired by humanism.
A grant from the AHA to a local Chapter in Colorado helped purchase materials for tabling at local festivals and farmers markets. Now many members of the community are aware of Humanists Doing Good!
Joan Reisman-Brill offers advice to someone who was infuriated after a non-cancer treatment doctor said cancer is the individual’s fault.