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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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This Friday, June 21, international freethought organizations around the world will be celebrating World Humanist Day, an annual event celebrating the global humanist movement. World Humanist Day originated with the American Humanist Association and the International Humanist and Ethical Union, whose leaders decided to promote humanism in conjunction with the summer solstice. Humanists can use this significant date as a time to educate the public about humanism and to gather as a community that celebrates progressive values. Find out if your local humanist chapter is holding a World Humanist Day event and join in the fun.
Next week, I will represent the American Humanist Association on Capitol Hill as part of a panel discussion on the status of religious freedom internationally. Despite what Governor Rick Perry would tell you, freedom of religion also means freedom from religion, and AHA is joining other organizations in the international religious community to defend humanist and atheist rights. In honor of World Humanist Day, I hope you will consider becoming a member or donating to support the American Humanist Association’s important work on behalf of millions of nonbelievers everywhere.
50 Years of Church-State Separation in Public Schools: An Interview with First Amendment Champion Ellery SchemppPosted June 19, 2013
Fifty years ago, a brave student decided to stand up against mandatory Bible readings in his high school. Today, that student, Ellery Schempp, shares his views on the future of the church-state separation movement.
Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, examines Bradley Manning’s humanism, which is being used to justify Manning’s leak of classified information.
In a victory for the women’s right movement, Plan B will now be available over-the-counter for girls under 17 without parental permission. AHA Communications Intern Sam Mauceri examines the Religious Right’s unreasonable reaction to the good news.
"Gay Marriage? Same-Sex Marriage? Marriage Equality?" Examining the Media's Language on LGBTQ IssuesPosted June 19, 2013
AHA Advocacy Intern Mallory Kruper attended a recent panel discussion hosted by the ACLU on how the media’s reporting on LGBTQ rights, particularly related to the issue of marriage, changed with the culture.
Rapper Kanye West’s latest album takes on God imagery like never before. Christian Hagen, editorial intern for The Humanist, examines the role of religion among hip hop artists and their music.
The International Criminal Court prosecutes individuals who have committed genocide and other major war crimes. Over 120 countries support it, but the United States is not one of them. AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger theorizes on why.
Learn more about our summer interns: Christian Hagen, Mallory Kruper, and Sam Mauceri!