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
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.
Read “Tolerating the Tolerant” by new poetry contributor, Neil Doherty, an economics professor at the University of Pennsyvania.
The latest from your favorites: Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey, and The Bad Chemicals!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.