Category Archives: Humanist Movement

How To Have A Well Run Humanist Group (Part 1)

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People having a meetingThe point of this blog is to provide an online Humanist community, but I also think that there is a place for local Humanist groups. I’ve been a member and a leader of a group off and on for more than twenty years. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t. Here are some tips and things to look for in a well run Humanist group.
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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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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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4 Holiday Tips for the Non-Religious

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holiday painting by artist Norman RockwellNovember through early January there are several major holidays celebrated in the US. Most of them have some kind of religious context but that shouldn’t hold back the non-religious. Here are four holiday tips for the non-religious.
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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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