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
Fred Edwords, director of the United Coalition for Reason and a Humanist Celebrant, testified at the March 14 public hearing in Washington DC in support of wedding officiants who do not need a religious affiliation.
Matthew Bulger attends a panel discussion on religious freedom, which included Secular Coalition for America advisory board member and TheAtlantic.com correspondent Wendy Kaminer, in Washington DC.
Humanist and atheist teams participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk raised a record $430,000 in 2012 to fight blood cancers! Our new goal is to raise $500,000 in 2013—learn more and support the team!
Don’t miss the annual Washington DC contest honoring famous freethinker Robert G. Ingersoll! Learn how you can participate.
Our last "Guess the Humanist of the Year" contest was a big success -- but these new photos might trip you up! Guess the awardee’s name and year they received the Humanist of the Year award, and you’ll be eligible to win a free book from Humanist Press!
Joan-Reisman Brill advises a reader who experienced religious intolerance over a family meal. Plus, what should we think about New York’s soda ban?
Most active freethinkers see humanism as secular; as Bill Maher hilariously put it, “Atheism is a religion like abstinence is a sex position.” So it’s not surprising that nine out of ten members said they are not religious. But what about that one—the religious humanist? I occasionally hear from members that say, “Humanism is my religion,” and as a student of The Humanist Institute, I encountered some humanists who were perfectly comfortable using religious terms such as “spiritual” and “worship” even though they don’t believe in a god or anything else supernatural.
It’s why I find humanistic Mormonism—the subject of an article in today’s issue of HNN—so fascinating. How do these folks—who fully subscribe to humanism’s tenets and live their life without regard to a higher power—still continue to call themselves Mormon? How do humanists who call humanism a religion reconcile that with the general public’s view that “religion” indicates a belief in a god? Can humanism can be both secular and religious? Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.