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Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transportation District Unfairly Rejected Nontheist Ad, Humanists Say

Posted April 19, 2010 at 9:18am The Santa Barbara Metropolitan Transportation District (MTD) engaged in unconstitutional viewpoint discrimination when it rejected a nontheist advertisement, the American Humanist Association (AHA) asserted today. The statement was made in response to news that an ad for an AHA affiliate group, the Humanist Society of Santa Barbara (HSSB), was rejected by MTD without explanation--even though MTD allows religious advertising.

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Humanists Praise National Day of Prayer Ruling

Posted April 16, 2010 at 8:59am The American Humanist Association praised yesterday's ruling by a federal judge that the National Day of Prayer is an unconstitutional violation of the separation of church and state. U.S. District Court Judge Barbara B. Crabb wrote of the 1952 statute creating the National Day of Prayer that its "sole purpose is to encourage all citizens to engage in prayer, an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function." 

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Nonbelievers Call for Criminal Investigation into Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal, Secular Catholics Invited to Explore Humanism

Posted April 13, 2010 at 11:28am America's oldest and largest humanist organization turned up the heat on Pope Benedict XVI today by calling for a criminal investigation into the pontiff's involvement in mishandling clergy sex abuse. The Washington-based American Humanist Association's call for an investigation comes on the heels of new evidence unearthed over the weekend that Pope Benedict refused to defrock an American priest who had sexually abused two boys, citing "the good of the Universal Church."

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“In Good We Trust,” Says New Humanist Billboard

Posted April 12, 2010 at 11:34am Last week the American Humanist Association (AHA) unveiled a new billboard in Moscow, Idaho, the latest of a series of billboards that have appeared in the in area since last year. The new billboard features the familiar image of a U.S. quarter--but with one important revision: in place of the national motto, the coin reads "In Good We Trust." The AHA's website address also appears in bold letters to the right of the coin's image.

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American Humanist Association Joins Green Day and Lance Bass as a Co-Sponsor of Second Chance Prom in Mississippi

Posted April 09, 2010 at 11:10am The American Humanist Association (AHA) announced today that it, along with the Grammy-winning band Green Day and popular singer and performer Lance Bass, will co-sponsor a prom for Mississippi youth, including students from Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Fulton, MS.

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Humanists Feeling Sting of Rejection by ACLU Chapter, Contribution to Alternate Prom Remains Uncertain

Posted April 01, 2010 at 10:56am Humanists across the nation are still reeling from a surprising refusal of their offered donation of $20,000

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Boy Scouts Can't Force the City of Philadelphia to Support Their Discriminatory Policies, Humanist Say

Posted March 26, 2010 at 10:03am "If the Boy Scouts want to continue to maintain their discriminatory policies they're free to do so, but without government benefit. Or they can revise their policies and continue to enjoy free rent. But they can't have it both ways."

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The American Humanist Association files Amicus Brief in Christian Legal Society v. Martinez

Posted March 17, 2010 at 6:30am "Groups...are not entitled to school sanction of their discriminatory policies."

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Humanists Prepare to Hold LGBT-Inclusive Prom in Mississippi

Posted March 12, 2010 at 6:47am The AHA stepped forward today and offered to plan and fund a prom for the Itawamba County Agricultural High School in Mississippi.

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Humanists Decry Court Ruling 'Under God' Acceptable Government Speech

Posted March 12, 2010 at 4:19am the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled that the governmental use of the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the U.S. Constitution.

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