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Humanism Can Be A Vehicle For Change

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cover for Creating Change Through HumanismI’ve officially been a Humanist for more than 20 years and I can say that “Creating Change Through Humanism” by Roy Speckhardt is a compliment if not an update of the classic introductory book “The Philosophy of Humanism” by Corliss Lamont. I would recommend this to any prospective, new, and current Humanist. It’s also a great read for those wanting more information about Humanism in general.
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Secular Coalition Wants To Put Kids First For Immunizations

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Put Kids First: Repeal Non-medical immunization exemptions

Ohio is one of 47 states to have a religious and reasons of conscience exemption to mandatory child immunization. It is those exemptions that led to outbreaks like the measles outbreak last year that reached 21 states including Ohio. The Secular Coalition for America is starting a new campaign to ‘Put Kids First’ by asking state legislatures to repeal non-medical exemptions to immunizations.
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Did The Federal Prison System Make Humanism A Religion?

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image of the Entrance to FCI Sheridan prisonThe American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit last year on behalf of an inmate at a federal prison in Oregon in order to get Humanism added to the list of recognized religions in the prison system. The lawsuit wasn’t about changing Humanism into a religion, like Islam or Judaism, but to make sure inmates who identify as Humanists can receive the same special treatment members of traditional religions receive. This was all about equal protection under the law.
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If You Have A Problem With #BlackLivesMatter Then The Problem Might Be You

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created image with words I'm Humanist and #BlackLivesMatterThe other day I posted a link to another blog about how #BlackLivesMatter should matter to Humanists on the iHumanism Facebook page (cheap plug for the Facebook page here). Someone left a comment about how ‘all lives matter not just black ones.’ Besides being a ridiculous and in some cases a racist response, if you have a problem with #BlackLivesMatter then the problem might be you.
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Tell Your Representative To Support Global Repeal Of Blasphemy Laws

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created image for repealing Blasphemy LawsOn June 2nd, Representative Joe Pitts (R-PA) introduced a resolution in the US House of Representatives calling for the repeal of blasphemy laws around the world. At least 50 countries have some form of blasphemy law on the books and in some of them the penalty is death. Contact your representative today and ask them to support the resolution.
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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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