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Summer is finally here! Many of the AHA staffers are back in the office after a reinvigorating Annual Conference in San Diego, California. It was wonderful to meet many of you face-to-face for the first time and catch up with our regular conference attendees as well. Thanks to everyone for helping to make our conference a success!
Big changes are coming to Humanist Network News in the coming months, and we’d like you to be a part of it. We’re seeking volunteer writers and columnists on a range of issues: LGBT rights, feminism, civil liberties, even art, music, and pop culture. If you have what it takes, write to us at email@example.com.
Dr. Marty Klein presented at the recent AHA Annual Conference on sex, how religion harms sexual expression, and what we humanists need to know about sex.
A new anthology entitled “Women of Color Beyond Faith: Feminism, Freethought and Social Justice” is currently being developed and edited by Sikivu Hutchinson, president of Black Skeptics of Los Angeles, and Kimberly Veal, executive director of Black Non-Believers of Chicago.
Generous humanists donated over $30,000 to support Oklahoma tornado victim and atheist Rebecca Vitsmun and shared many kind words.
Spend a week in the mountains with humanist leaders! Participate in a summer retreat jointly hosted by the American Humanist Association and American Ethical Union aimed at building communities.
HNN’s resident book reviewer David Chivers reports on Susan Jacoby’s historical homage to one of most well-known freethinkers in history, Robert Ingersoll.
Joan-Reisman Brill answers your questions this week on how humanists should approach religious battles and advises a man who claims to be persecuted by the government.
Did you enjoy the latest crossword puzzle last month? Find the answers here! Created by Dan Mason.
Read the latest humanist-inspired poem by award-winning poet Ronald Crowe.
We know you missed seeing your favorite comics! Check out the latest from Jesus and Mo, Ape Not Monkey, and The Bad Chemicals!
I live in Washington DC, a city that’s so liberal, 92% of residents voted for President Obama in the last election. It’s a city where, amidst a myriad of political opinions, atheist advertisements hardly bat an eye (the major press comes from the rest of America). That’s why it’s sometimes hard for me to imagine what it’s like living in a small town where coming out as an atheist, or simply standing up for church-state separation, can lead to bullying, losing of a job, or even being kicked out of your own home. Seems silly to think that simply not believing in God can lead to real-life consequences, but it’s worth reminding ourselves of how far we, as members of the freethought movement, still need to go in order to achieve equality for nonbelievers.
That’s why I applaud Gracie Bedi, one of the plaintiffs in the AHA’s lawsuit against a high school in Mississippi that held an unconstitutional Christian assembly and the lead story in this week’s HNN, for coming out publicly on behalf of humanists, atheists and religious minorities at her school. We need more religious allies like Gracie, and humanists like her friend Alexis, who are willing to be brave and stand up for the First Amendment. It’s never easy, but it’s worth it.
The AHA’s Appignani Humanist Legal Center is representing two students in a lawsuit against a public high school in Mississippi that forced students to attend an evangelical Christian assembly. One of the plaintiffs is now “coming out” from anonymity.
Andy Norman participates on a panel sponsored by the Christian Veritas Forum on the topic “Faith: Friend or Foe?” and argues that faith is indeed a friend—but not a good one.
HNN Editor Maggie Ardiente asked readers, “Can humanism be both religious and secular?” and dozens of readers wrote in to share their opinion. What do you think?
AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger participated in the Secular Coalition for America’s Lobby Day last month and reports on the growing lobbying activity of nonreligious Americans.