Category Archives: Intro to Humanism

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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If You Plan On Opposing Secular Humanism, Do Your Homework

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created image of guy shouting Atheists!I have a news alert setup to let me know whenever something is published on-line about secular humanism. As you can imagine there are far more negative articles written about it than positive – which is okay. It’s also pretty easy to spot when someone hasn’t really done any research about secular humanism and just repeats false or misleading information. Usually such articles come from religious conservatives like the minister from Iowa Park Texas. I would say, if you plan on opposing secular humanism, at least do your homework.
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A Humanist You Should Know: Paul Kurtz

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Dr. Paul Kurtz

If you talk to older Humanists who have been part of the movement for a long time and ask who has done much in advancing secular humanism in the United States many people will mention Paul Kurtz. His energy and one could say his ego helped propel Humanism into the mainstream in the period before the Internet and social media. Rightly or wrongly he had a vision for secular humanism and due to his tireless work we have the movement we have today. Dr. Kurtz passed away on October 20th, 2012 at the age of 86.
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Isn’t Atheism Plus Another Name For Humanism?

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image of Atheism+ Equals HumanismIn the wake of some very public and nasty debates about diversity and lack of respect for women in the freethought community, Jen McCreight, author of the blaghag blog on the Freethought Blogs Network created what she is calling a “new wave of Atheism” whose name evolved into Atheist+. Her goal was to move Atheism from just dealing with the god question – Atheists don’t believe in a god – but to also deal with issues like diversity and social justice. It seems to me that Humanism addresses all the issues McCreight feels is missing from Atheism and Humanism is non-theistic. One question I have is why not be a Humanist?
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A Humanist You Should Know:
A. Philip Randolph

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A. Philip Randolph

Asa Philip Randolph (April 15, 1889 – May 16, 1979) was a leader in the African American civil-rights movement, and the American labor movement. He organized marches on Washington DC that led to integration in war industries during World War II, integration in the armed forces at the end of the 1940′s, and the 1964 Civil Rights Act. He was named Humanist of the Year in 1970 by the American Humanist Association and he signed on to the Humanist Manifesto II in 1973.
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A Humanist You Should Know: Corliss Lamont

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image of Corliss Lamont Corliss Lamont (1902 – 1995) was born into wealth but spent his life fighting for people who weren’t wealthy. He fought and won battles over civil rights and added his voice to the Humanist consensus. He authored the seminal introductory book about Humanism titled “The Philosophy of Humanism” in 1949, which at the time of his death, was in its eighth edition. He didn’t just talk about Humanism, he lived the philosophy.
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