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Humanist Chaplain Briefing in Congress: Urge Your Representative to Attend!

Posted July 08, 2014 at 12:06pm

Dear Friend,

I’m proud to announce that the American Humanist Association will be holding our first-ever congressional briefing on July 22nd at 12:30pm in Rayburn 2103 regarding the need for Humanist Chaplains in the U.S. military.  

We have some fantastic speakers lined up for the event, including:

  • Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers and endorsing agent for the American Humanist Association’s Humanist Society
  • Stephen Boyd, a retired colonel and military chaplain and endorsing agent for the United Church of Christ
  • Major Ryan Jean, a member of the military and active humanist.

Since the defeat of the Polis Amendment last year, which would have allowed the military to appoint Humanist Chaplains, humanist soldiers remain chronically underserved.

Tell your Representative to attend the congressional briefing on Humanist Chaplains in the U.S. military and support a chaplaincy that represents soldiers of all faiths—or none at all.

Our experts will provide crucial testimony to educate members of Congress about the importance of including Humanist Chaplains in the U.S. military. Nonbelievers outnumber all non-Christian faiths in the military, and nontheist military members can benefit from the confidential guidance and comfort provided by humanist chaplains as they endure the stresses of combat and separation from their families.

But this important testimony won’t affect serious change unless members of Congress and their staffers attend the briefing. I need you to take a second right now to contact your Representative and ask that she or he attend this briefing on Humanist Chaplains in the military.

This briefing has the potential to ensure that our military respects the beliefs and nonbeliefs of all of its members. Thank you for standing up for our nontheistic soldiers.

Sincerely,

Roy Speckhardt
Executive Director

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Posted July 08, 2014 at 12:02pm

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Posted July 08, 2014 at 12:02pm

The Humanists of the Palouse and the American Humanist Association launch new billboard campaign.

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Secular Invocation and Press Conference at Town of Greece Board Meeting

Posted July 01, 2014 at 9:00am

David Niose, AHA legal director, to attend historic secular invocation in Greece, NY, and press conference.

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Nonbelievers Denounce Supreme Court Decision Allowing Special Religious Privileges for Hobby Lobby

Posted June 30, 2014 at 11:17am

American Humanist Association criticizes decision that corporations have religious convictions.

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Atheist to Offer Secular Invocation at Veterans Ceremony

Posted June 25, 2014 at 9:00am

Humanist celebrant speaks at Southport, North Carolina, 4th of July Festival.

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AHA Joins Groups Opposing Public Funding of Private School Voucher Program

Posted June 23, 2014 at 3:31pm

National Coalition for Public Education asks US Senate to remove funding of DC private school voucher program.

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Godless Group Seeks to End Graduation Sermons

Posted June 20, 2014 at 9:00am

American Humanist Association warns public charter school of Establishment Clause violation.

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Humanist Group Calls on Colorado Public School to Cease Sponsorship of Christian Mission Trip

Posted June 18, 2014 at 9:03am

American Humanist Association sends warning letter to school in violation of the Constitution.

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Humanists to Offer Secular Invocations at Florida Government Meetings

Posted June 13, 2014 at 9:02am

Secular invocations speakers ensure nontheists' voices are heard in Florida local governments.

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