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
Read “Tolerating the Tolerant” by new poetry contributor, Neil Doherty, an economics professor at the University of Pennsyvania.
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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 email@example.com.
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.
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!
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.
AHA Executive Assistant Meghan Hamilton makes a case for including the Yale Humanist Community in other types of community groups, just not religious ones.
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?