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Unitarians Throw Atheists And Humanists Under The Bus

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logo for the Unitarian Universalist AssociationLate last week, I got what could only be described as a gut punch when I learned that the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), the group that governs all the Unitarian Universalist churches in the country, had signed a new affiliation agreement with the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The UUA had broken with the BSA over its policy of excluding atheists and LGBT scouts and leaders. The agreement is just more proof that the so-called non-creedal religion really dislikes atheists.
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Science Isn’t A Matter For Public Opinion

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scene of science people doing scienceThis past week, the Tribeca Film Festival tried to show a film about the ‘bad effects’ of vaccinations on children. The film was written and directed by the scientist who was rebuked for making false claims in a paper he wrote. The festival rightly was pummeled in the press for giving the charlatan a platform to spew his false narrative. When it comes to settled science there is no room for public opinion.
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Humanism Has A Broad Purpose

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A hand reaching out to another handOne area of Humanism that generates discussion and comment within the movement is what is the scope of our worldview. Should we try to solve all the problems we see in the world or should we focus on only a few narrow concerns? One primary purpose is opposing religion but a debate shows up when one wants to go beyond that one issue. Humanism should and does have a ‘broad purpose’ because humans solving human problems is a broad topic and religion could even be connected tangentially to those problems.
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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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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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A Humanist You Should Know: Dr. Henry Morgentaler

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Dr. Henry Morgentaler – 1975 AHA Humanist of the Year

Dr. Henry Morgentaler, 1975 American Humanist Association Humanist of the Year, signer of Humanist Manifesto II (1973) as well as being the first President of the Humanist Association of Canada, died Wednesday at age 90. He profoundly changed Canada by challenging and eventually winning against anti-abortion laws. Morgentaler, risking his career, safety, and personal freedom, used Humanist principles in a way that helped women who needed their rights protected.
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