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National Day of Reason Is Today

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logo for the National Day of ReasonToday is the day secular people mark the importance of reason to help humans solve human problems. It is a day opposed to the aims of the National Day of Prayer which promotes magical thinking and doesn’t help address the real basic needs of average Americans.
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Humanists Helping Nepal

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logo for Humanist Disaster Recovery DriveFoundation Beyond Belief’s Humanist Disaster Recovery drive and the Freedom From Religion are raising funds to help victims and families affected by the Nepal earthquake. Those are at least two non-religious groups trying to help Nepal. If you can help out, send some cash through them.
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On Earth Day, We Should Be More Worried About The People

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created image showing Earth Day 45th year 2015Today is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It’s a time to draw attention to climate change and other environmental threats to the planet. That is a good thing to do but the planet doesn’t need all the help, we do. Instead of using economic arguments to explain the harm of climate change, we need to lead with the very real human costs of climate change.
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Denmark Agrees Anti-Blasphemy Laws Need To Be Repealed Except For Its Own Law

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created image with the text No Blasphemy AllowedLast week during the current session of the UN Human Rights Council, when statements were allowed on a special report on Freedom of Religion or Belief, the representative from Denmark agreed with the report that anti-blasphemy laws needed to be repealed but her government elected to leave an anti-blasphemy clause in its penal code. The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) was not amused.
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Would You Risk Your Life For Your Principles?

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As a Humanist, in a generally liberal western nation, the most I ever have to worry about is being called names, smeared as un-patriotic, or being blamed for the ‘ills of the nation’ like abortion and same-sex marriage. It usually is a war of words or debates in comment sections of websites or newspapers. What if the abuse got physical. Would I risk my life for my principles? Would you?

50 years ago, several hundred protesters wanting voting rights for African-Americans and an end to racial discrimination, were attacked in Selma, Alabama by state and local police.

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Protesters attacked during the Selma to Montgomery march for civil rights March 1965

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American Freethought Blogger Murdered in Bangladesh

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Dr. Avijit Roy, murdered freethought blogger

Dr. Avijit Roy, a Bangladeshi-born U.S. citizen from the Atlanta area, was murdered Friday while on a visit to his home country. The murderers justified their actions through their Islamic religion. It’s unfathomable to think, here in the US, that someone could be murdered for their religious dissent but it happens too much in places like Bangladesh. The best way to deal with people who want to murder others because they don’t have the same beliefs is more speech and more dissent.
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