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
This week we’re featuring an original sonnet by the beloved humanist poet, Philip Appleman.
It’s starting to get scary out there for nonbelievers. Mainstream media is taking note of atheist bloggers who have been arrested—one was even killed—in Bangladesh for the “crime” of blasphemy against Islam (the American Humanist Association is asking all members to write to the country’s U.S. Ambassador). Shipping boxes labeled “atheist” sent through the United States Postal Service apparently take longer to arrive to your home. And I just read yesterday about Camp Quest Oklahoma which tried partnering with a local restaurant to raise funds to send kids to its excellent summer camp program for freethinking children, but was refused because Camp Quest’s “beliefs do not align with the Christian philosophy of our organization.”
It’s hard to believe, in the 21st century, people can experience discrimination just because they happen to not believe in a god. It makes our work for humanism all the more important. If you’re not a member already, I hope you will join the American Humanist Association to enable our resources in Congress, in the courts, and through local communities across the country to end discrimination against atheists once and for all.
Stand up against the Congressionally-mandated National Day of Prayer! Host an event, lobby your local government, and support a Day of Reason!
Yes, there are nontheists serving proudly in public office! Learn more about Ron Barnette, a Florida city commissioner who teaches philosophy, supports his community, and is friends with Daniel Dennett.
Nonbelievers are considered the least trusted minority in the United States. AHA Communications Assistant Sarah Anne Hughes researches instances of atheist discrimination, ranging from the silly to the serious.
Jason Torpy, president of the Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers, reflects on his recent wedding ceremony and the need for all engaged couples to consider sincere and achievable vows, rather than false promises.
A bill granting legal status for humanist and other non-religious weddings in Ireland was recently passed. Tricia Tongco writes on the increasing number of humanist weddings in a largely Catholic country.
A special election for a city council seat in Washington DC is being held this month, and the Washington Area Secular Humanists have organized a forum for secular voters in the area.