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A Catholic school in Queens, N.Y. recently fired an unmarried 26-year-old teacher for becoming pregnant. Dr. Tim Gordinier, public policy director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, remarks on this issue. MORE: [read...]
Lori Lipman Brown, director and lobbyist of the Secular Coalition for America made her second appearance on The O'Reilly Factor last night. This time she was there to speak to the Fox News talk show host about how secularists view Christmas. As with her first two appearances on Fox the hate mail flowed into the SCA. But so did the positive messages. MORE: [read...]
Last week the Institute for Humanist Studies releasted the first-ever audio version of Humanist Network News. There's still time to listen. MORE: [read...]
A new report has revealed a significant increase in the number of people in Northern Ireland who now see themselves as having no religion. The National Secular Society Newsline (U.K.) reports. MORE: [read...]
Matt Cherry, executive director of the Institute for Humanist Studies, will chair the 2005 Annual Day for Freedom of Religion or Belief at the United Nations on Thursday, Dec. 1. Cherry will be overseeing the event in his capacity as president of the United Nations NGO Committee on Freedom of Religion or Belief. HNN readers are welcome to attend. MORE: [read...]
Rebecca Watson describes Skepchicks, an organization of smart, skeptical women who are dedicated to the promotion of critical thinking. By sponsoring initiatives, funding scholarships, and encouraging discussion and debate, they hope to increase the number of women in the community of skeptics. This column is reprinted from eSkeptic. MORE: [read...]
Rationally Speaking columnist Massimo Pigliucci just "happened to be mulling over the fairly well known relationship between Plato's idea of the tripartite soul and Freud's theoretical framework for understanding our mind." SEE WHAT HE CAME UP WITH: [read...]
Columnnist Martin Foreman writes: "Top of the class, in both atheism and good behavior, come the Japanese." MORE: [read...]
Canadian columnist Doug Thomas writes: "...the crosses worn by some students have been becoming larger and male students often wear them hanging outside their sweaters or shirts. Given that there have been incidents in our school of Christian students challenging students of other faiths and as well as non-believers about their personal philosophies, I wonder if there is a connection. When does a simple expression of personal faith become a symbol of intense loyalty to a group and when does the group become a gang?" MORE: [read...]
A reader asks: "I've always tried to be involved and do what I can to support humanistic causes and organizations but I'm afraid of becoming burned out." READ SWEET REASON'S ADVICE: [read...]
Penn Jillette reads his essay "There Is No God" on NPR's "This I Believe" series. The Pope plans to abandon idea of unbaptised babies forever in limbo. A school runs a contest for best anti-gay essay. A 15 year old girl is suspended from high school for not praying. And a Darwin exhibition is frightening off corporate sponsors. DETAILS: [read...] assortment of cartoons and comic strips about humanism, atheism, religion, science and freethought. READ THEM: [read...]
The Discovery Institute has announced its public policy agenda for 2006. It will now be promoting a few more not-so-intelligent ideas along with "intelligent design". MORE: [read...]
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