AHA News |  

Humanists Claim Numerous Election Victories

Cheer Dole's defeat, praise right-to-die victory in Washington, take heart in Obama's humanist upbringing

November 5, 2008

For Immediate Release - Contact Fred Edwords at (202) 238-9088
fedwords@americanhumanist.org - www.americanhumanist.org

Among a flurry of causes for optimism in reviewing Tuesday's election results, the American Humanist Association today cheered the resounding failure of Elizabeth Dole's concluding attacks on opponent Kay Hagan. The Republican incumbent lost her Senate seat to Hagan in the highly-publicized U.S. Senate race in North Carolina by a nine point margin in a region that almost always votes GOP.  
 
"There's a moral lesson here," said Fred Edwords, director of communications for the American Humanist Association. "Elizabeth Dole had to learn the hard way that it isn't fashionable anymore to demonize people who don't believe in a god. Nor should it have ever been. People know better than to attack Catholic or Jewish Americans for their religious beliefs--now they're learning how wrong it is to visit similar bigotry on nontheistic Americans."
   
American Humanist Association Executive Director Roy Speckhardt added:
“Although we’re pleased that Dole’s despicable tactics proved not just unsuccessful but counterproductive to her aim of winning votes, it would have been terrific if Hagan had stood up for nontheistic Americans when she denounced the attacks. Nonetheless, we now have another elected official who has become sensitized to the discrimination and bigotry that nontheists face."

Humanists had a number of other causes to celebrate. These include the resounding reelection of U.S. Representative Pete Stark, the first openly nontheistic member of Congress; the nearly 60-40 passage of Initiative 1000 in Washington State, allowing physicians to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally-ill patients; and the near-landslide victory of presidential candidate Barack Obama, a man raised as a humanist who is now
at the liberal end of the Christian spectrum.

"The tide is turning. Americans proved yesterday that progress can come not only in incremental steps but also by leaps and bounds," Speckhardt said further. "We humanists are optimistic about the change that will be brought to Washington and the change that is already evident in the nation. We will work in the months and years ahead to consolidate those gains."

# # #

The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.

Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.

American Humanist Association

While vandalism may not be the technique I would use to express my views, some...

13 hours ago

American Humanist Association

In his new Huffington Post article, Roy Speckhardt discusses prejudice and the k...

14 hours ago

American Humanist Association

Sonja Eggerickx, president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU...

17 hours ago

American Humanist Association

We just got a nice donation from the AmazonSmile Foundation thanks to people lik...

20 hours ago

American Humanist Association

The American Humanist Association stands up for the rights of teachers of minori...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger responds to some recent comments by U.S...

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

We need more nontheistic politicians in the United States!

1 days ago

American Humanist Association

Happy Friday!! Here is a wonderful poem from Dan Moran. Check It Out!

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Well, I am not so sure how common this dilemma is, but it is interesting anyway!

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Hooray! Florida's same-sex marriage ban struck down! Check it out! http://hmn.s...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

New evidence supporting the theory of evolution has been found in parasite ants...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Here is the newest episode of The Cartoon History of Humanism. Enjoy! Get TheH...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

An easy to follow video illustrating the separation of church and state and the...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Words are commonly used improperly. Here is one example of why you should actual...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

To some, Humanism and Hedonism are one in the same. Is that really all there is...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week's Humanist Hour Podcast features Bob Ready and Sarah Henry as they tal...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Update to the football prayer controversy happening at a Gainesville, GA High Sc...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

Fred Edwords reports from this year's Colorado Secular Conference! Get TheHuman...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Two weeks ago, AHA's Maggie Ardiente and Roy Speckhardt traveled to Oxford, Engl...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

The United Coalition of Reason is a national non-profit organization that helps...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Is it really that "tragic and bizarre" to remove bibles from hotels rooms in ord...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Throwing some separation of church and state history at you!

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Why does the media usually portray atheists as pretentious, white men? Time to c...

9 days ago