American Humanist News and Actions
(Washington D.C., March 28, 2011) The American Humanist Association has unveiled its newest advertisement in light of the 70th Anniversary National Conference, to be held April 7-10, 2011 in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The ads, which feature 1996 Humanist of the Year Richard Dawkins, address a common fallacy of organized religion.
“We are all atheists about most of the gods that societies have ever believed in,” reads Dawkins’ quote in the ad. “Some of us just go one god further.” The ads will be featured in the Harvard Crimson, the MIT Tech, and a billboard near Harvard Square.
“People don’t realize how common it is to reject the principles of other faiths,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “Dawkins illuminates this point, drawing attention to this universal truth that many choose to disregard out of ignorance or pure convenience.”
The conference will feature guests Richard Dawkins, Rebecca Goldstein, Steve Wozniak, Bart Ehrman, Steven Pinker, Roy Zimmerman, Jeff Sharlet, Bill Baird, Judy Norsigian, and Candace Gingrich-Jones, as well as break-out sessions, plenaries, and awards banquets. For more information, please visit http://www.americanhumanist.org/conference.
The American Humanist Association (www.americanhumanist.org ) advocates for the rights and viewpoints of humanists. Founded in 1941 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., its work is extended through more than 100 local chapters and affiliates across America.
Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism, affirms our responsibility to lead ethical lives of value to self and humanity.
American Humanist Association leadership expressed disapproval today of the House Judiciary Committee passage of H. Con. Res 13, which reaffirms the official motto of the United States as “In God We Trust.” The resolution, if passed in the House of Representatives, would encourage the display of “In God We Trust” on public buildings, including government institutions and public schools.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) is proud to announce Representative Pete Stark’s (D-CA) proposal of H. Res. 81 calling for the designation of February 12, 2011 as Darwin Day.
Leaders at the American Humanist Association (AHA) were pleased today with remarks made by President Obama at the Annual National Prayer Breakfast recognizing his nontheistic family upbringing.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) applauded the decision of an Ohio appeals court to remove a Ten Commandments display from the courtroom of an Ohio state judge. The poster display, which appeared in the courtroom of Judge James DeWeese, juxtaposed the "moral absolutes" of the Ten Commandments with the "moral relativism" of humanist principles.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) was dissatisfied with Governor Bentley’s apology this morning for the comments made dismissing non-Christians as not part of his “family.” Governor Bentley said to reporters Wednesday, “If anyone from other religions felt disenfranchised by the language, I want to say I am sorry. I am sorry if I offended anyone in any way.”
The American Humanist Association (AHA) responded today to Sen. Chuck Grassley’s (R-Iowa) report on the financial practices of mega-churches, pressing for greater accountability for churches.
Today the American Humanist Association cautiously commended the reversal of a 2008 U.S. District Court ruling that the 43-foot Mt. Soledad cross war memorial was representative of all veterans, regardless of religion. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found the presence of the cross to be unconstitutional, but left open the issue of whether a modified version of the memorial that included some form of a cross would pass constitutional muster.
The American Humanist Association (AHA) hailed the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell” Saturday when the Senate’s bill to allow gays to serve openly in the military was successfully passed. The House passed the measure on Wednesday.
The American Humanist Association today blasted the Congressional Prayer Caucus (CPC) for criticizing President Barack Obama for using the motto "E Pluribus Unum." The CPC, a group of about 68 legislators, wrote a letter to Obama on Tuesday condemning his use of "E Pluribus Unum" in a recent speech, saying that he instead should be referring to "In God We Trust." The CPC also said Obama is not referring to God enough in his speeches, adding that he has repeatedly mentioned "inalienable rights" without giving credit for those rights to a divine authority. For these offenses, Obama should "issue a correction," the CPC said.