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American Humanist Association Supports International Day Against Stoning

Posted July 11, 2011 at 8:37am

Today, on the International Day Against Stoning, the American Humanist Association is raising awareness of the brutal practice of stoning and demanding the end of stoning as a form of punishment around the world. 

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Humanists File Amicus Brief Opposing Public School Credit for Religious Classes

Posted July 01, 2011 at 12:05pm

The Appignani Humanist Legal Center has filed an amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Humanist Association and the Secular Student Alliance with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which is hearing an appeal of a case challenging the issuance of academic credit for religious classes taught as part of the "released-time" program in Spartanburg, South Carolina's public schools, as a violation of the separation of church and state.

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In Defense of the Original Pledge: An Open Letter to NBC

Posted June 27, 2011 at 10:36am

(June 27, 2011, Washington D.C.)I am writing regarding the controversy over your network airing a version of the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag that did not include the wording “under God.” Based on news accounts, it appears that certain religious conservatives are overreacting to your network’s actions, bombarding your network with telephone and email complaints even though your network has already apologized for the incident. I would like to convey the sentiments of millions of other Americans who, while less vocal about the issue, should be heard.

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Humanists Mourn Death of Jack Kevorkian, Advocate for Death with Dignity

Posted June 03, 2011 at 10:49am

(June 3, 2010, Washington D.C.)  Today, leadership at the American Humanist Association mourned the death of Dr. Jack Kevorkian, a physician, humanitarian, and brazen advocate for end-of life choice. Dr. Kevorkian was given the Humanist Hero Award by the American Humanist Association in 1994.

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Humanists Denied Advertising Space, File First Amendment Suit

Posted June 01, 2011 at 10:24am

(Washington D.C., June 1, 2011) Today the Appignani Humanist Legal Center filed a lawsuit on behalf of the United Coalition of Reason (UnitedCoR) in response to an Arkansas transit organization’s refusal to lease advertising space on account of the proposed ad’s atheist and humanist content, violating of the Free Speech Clause of the First Amendment.

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Supreme Court Refuses Hearing of “So Help Me God” Case

Posted May 17, 2011 at 12:24pm

(May 17, 2011, Washington, DC)  Leadership at the American Humanist Association expressed disappointment today with the US Supreme Court’s refusal to hear a case challenging the inclusion of the phrase “So help me God” within the Presidential oath of office. The Appignani Humanist Legal Center was one of the co-plaintiffs along with atheist Michael Newdow in 2008.

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Humanists Advocate Alternative to National Day of Prayer

Posted May 04, 2011 at 10:34am

(Washington, D.C., May 4, 2011) “The continued government sponsorship of the National Day of Prayer threatens the foundation of church and state separation that this country thrives on,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association, "the President of the United States has no business recommending prayer to a diverse nation, many of whom do not rely on prayer."

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American Humanist Association Proudly Launches Redesigned Humanist Website

Posted May 03, 2011 at 1:06pm

(May 3, 2011, Washington, DC) The American Humanist Association (AHA) is proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Humanist Magazine website. The launch marks the beginning of a more user-friendly interface, creating greater opportunity for humanists to exchange ideas and connect. The Humanist, which was introduced in 1941, recently transitioned to a full-color print format.

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Evangelical Chaplain Endorser Shows Ignorance, Hostility toward Military Humanists and Atheists

Posted April 28, 2011 at 1:44pm

Leadership at the American Humanist Association expressed frustration with comments made by Paul Vicalvi, executive director of National Association of Evangelicals Chaplain Commission, who brusquely dismissed the need for atheists and humanists serving as military chaplains, believing that humanists don’t qualify to serve as chaplains in the military and atheists are a “militant minority … specifically against evangelical Christianity.” The remarks were made in response to a recent New York Times article reporting the growing non-believer chaplaincy movement within the military.

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Humanists Respond to National Day of Prayer Case Setback

Posted April 15, 2011 at 12:45pm

(April 15, 2011, Washington, DC) Leadership at the American Humanist Association expressed  anger today over the decision by a federal appeals court to overturn last year’s ruling which declared the National Day of Prayer unconstitutional. 7th Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook overturned the ruling, saying that the plaintiff, the Freedom from Religion Foundation, lacked standing to bring the suit.

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