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Bibles Instead of Candy? Halloween’s Religious History

Posted October 30, 2013

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. 

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An Atheist’s Halloween: Excerpts from John G. Rodwan’s Holidays and Other Disasters

Posted October 30, 2013

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.

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The Humanist Ten Commandments

Posted October 30, 2013

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.

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AHA Chapter, Humanists Doing Good, Receives $800 Grant, Expands Community Outreach

Posted October 30, 2013

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!

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The Ethical Dilemma: A Person Told Me My Cancer Is My Fault! Should He Apologize?

Posted October 30, 2013

Joan Reisman-Brill offers advice to someone who was infuriated after a non-cancer treatment doctor said cancer is the individual’s fault.

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Humanist Voices in Verse: Tolerating the Tolerant by Neil Doherty

Posted October 30, 2013

Read “Tolerating the Tolerant” by new poetry contributor, Neil Doherty, an economics professor at the University of Pennsyvania.

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The Comics Section: Interfaith Dialogue, Holy Ghost, Career Ambitions

Posted October 30, 2013

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

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MESSAGE FROM THE EDITOR: Can Atheists Experience Awe and Wonder?

Posted October 16, 2013

Can atheists experience awe and wonder? Of course we can! That’s why humanists are understandably peeved with Oprah Winfrey right now after interviewing famed marathon swimmer Diana Nyad. Clearly identifying herself as an atheist, Nyad stated, “To me, my definition of ‘God’ is humanity, and the love of humanity,” but Oprah seemed unable to accept the atheist label, implying that Nyad’s belief in the “awe, wonder and mystery” of the world equals belief in God. We’re pleased with Nyad’s views, which sounds like humanism to us, but Oprah’s attempt to make a believer out of an atheist is unnecessary, even harmful.

Oprah’s words matter to millions of people, and her unfortunate comments are exactly why we need to educate the general public about what humanism is all about. And we should speak out when negative assumptions about and prejudice against atheists happen in the media. Tell Oprah what you think via Twitter or her website. And tell us your thoughts at hnn@americanhumanist.org.

Maggie Ardiente
Editor
@MaggieArdiente

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Humanist Advertisements That Didn’t Make The Cut

Posted October 16, 2013

The AHA is famous for its provocative advertising campaigns promoting humanism on billboards, buses and newspapers. But some of our ideas aren’t always the best. Here we highlight a few ads that weren’t quite ready for prime time. 

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The Great Humanist Debate: Should the Yale Humanist Community Be Recognized by the University’s Ministries Group?

Posted October 16, 2013

Recently the Yale Humanist Community applied for recognition from Yale Religious Ministries, a group of religions organizations that serve Yale students and faculty. Do you think a humanist group can be a part of a larger religious community? Take our poll!

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Yes—Humanism Can Be Religious and Nontheistic

Posted October 16, 2013

AHA Communications Associate Brian Magee argues that the Yale Humanist Community should be a part of the university’s ministries group because humanism can be religious without being supernatural.

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No—A Ministry Community is Not a Place for Humanists

Posted October 16, 2013

AHA Executive Assistant Meghan Hamilton makes a case for including the Yale Humanist Community in other types of community groups, just not religious ones.

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Should Humanists Eat Synthetic Meat?

Posted October 16, 2013

AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger says synthetic meat is a win for the environment and supporters of animal rights. As a humanist, would you replace real meat with synthetic meat?

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AHA Awards the Humanist Community of Ventura County with $500 Grant

Posted October 16, 2013

A grant from the AHA to a local Chapter in California helped create a popular new tradition: Humanist Sunday Brunches! Learn how $500 can go a long way for local groups, and how your group can become a Chapter of AHA.

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The Ethical Dilemma: I’m an Ad Man Lying to the Public. What’s the Ethical Thing to Do?

Posted October 16, 2013

Joan Reisman-Brill offers advice to an employee in an ad firm who needs the job, but doesn’t want the guilt.

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