Humanist Network News
Humanist Network News, or HNN, is a weekly Internet magazine produced by the American Humanist Association (AHA). A typical edition of HNN contains news, opinion, lifestyle pieces, cartoons and humor...just like a regular newspaper except each piece addresses the nonreligious philosophy of humanism. HNN articles are written by the staff of the AHA and a variety of guest writers. HNN is published every Wednesday.
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Recent HNN Articles
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.”