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’s poem is by HNN poetry editor, Daniel Thomas Moran.
It’s hard to convey the sadness and anger many of us are feeling right now in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings. But one of things I can always rely on as a humanist is that I have hope that human beings will be quick to respond with compassion and action. Rather than focusing on blame and hate, people have donated blood and opened up their homes. Twitter users are using hashtags like #ActForBoston rather than #PrayForBoston to raise awareness. Boston area chapters of the American Humanist Association, such as the Humanist Community at Harvard, and other local atheist groups are lending their support, and the charitable group Atheists Giving Aid has already raised over $7,000 for the victims. The American Humanist Association encourages all our members to help where they can—giving to the American Red Cross is a great first step (Red Cross reports that they already have enough donated blood, but financial donations are always needed).
Comedian (and atheist) Patton Oswalt said it best: “We would not be here if humanity were inherently evil. We'd have eaten ourselves alive long ago. So when you spot violence, or bigotry, or intolerance or...hatred...just look it in the eye and think, 'The good outnumber you, and we always will.”
A Note to Readers: HNN is taking a brief hiatus (your editor will be getting married and honeymooning next week!). The next issue of HNN will be published on May 8.
AHA Communications Assistant Sarah Anne Hughes interviews the creator of a visually-effective Tumblr that encourages atheists to share their stories.
William Burgess of the AHA’s legal center sends a letter to administrators at a Mississippi high school for holding a Christian assembly during public school hours.
The AHA’s advocacy team sent a letter to all U.S. House of Representatives urging them to join the House Science and National Lab Caucus to protect funding for science research.
The American Humanist Association joins over 100 secular organizations and freethought leaders in taking action on behalf of atheist bloggers that have been arrested or killed in Bangladesh.
AHA Legislative Associate Matthew Bulger attends a panel in Washington DC on the current state of the world’s population hosted by Population Action International.