Category Archives: Humanist Living

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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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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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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Crowdsourced Commandments Fit Humanism

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created clipart showing book cover with words Guidelines for the Non-BelieverA new book titled ‘Atheist Heart, Humanist Mind‘ by Lex Bayer and John Figdor, included a set of 10 ‘non-commandments’ for the non-believer. The authors also held a contest to crowdsource an alternative set. I was pleased that I agreed with a majority of the items judged the winner. They are good guidelines for living as a Humanist.
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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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