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Carl Sagan – A Humanist You Should Know

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poster version of Carl SaganNovember 9th is the birthday of Carl Sagan (1934-1996), an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. He is best known as creator and host of the seminal science TV show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980). Sagan was known as a skeptic and freethinker. That is why today is considered Carl Sagan Day by many in the freethought community.
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World Humanist Congress: There Is No Right Not To Be Offended

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Logo for the 2014 World Humanist CongressBack in early August, delegates from around the world convened the World Humanist Congress at Oxford in the United Kingdom. One major activity was adopting and announcing the Oxford Declaration on Freedom of Thought and Expression. Even in our advanced modern era, we still need to point out the need for freedom of thought and expression.
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Michael Brown Was A Human Being

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Why would police in Ferguson, Missouri need a sniper on an armored truck for an unarmed non-violent protest?

Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. His shooting led to several weeks of protests, which sometimes got violent. His shooting illustrates not just racism but much worse. The treatment of Michael Brown and African-Americans like him shows a general attempt to dehumanize a group of people. If we stay silent about it, how long before we are next?
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Soyinka: Moderate Religious Leaders May Be Liable For Sectarian Hatred If They Have Failed To Argue Against It

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Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka

When I’ve had discussions about religion and the bad parts of religion with some of my liberal religious friends, I point out that I don’t hear their leaders speaking out against the bad actions made in their religion’s name. If they fail to speak out against the extremism, it gives their religions a black eye. Nobel prize-winning author Wole Soyinka seems to agree with me.
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James Croft Is Bothered By Secularism

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James Croft

I read an essay last night from James Croft about his thoughts after attending the recent American Humanist Association (AHA) convention. Titled ‘Beyond Secularism’, Croft complains that the AHA focuses too much on secularism and not enough on the issues he feels are more important. While I agree that we should be addressing more than ‘just’ secularism. I disagree with Croft’s assessment of the problem – if there is one.
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