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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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Secular Groups Jump On Prayer Bandwagon After Town Of Greece Decision

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City council members praying before a meetingThe recent US Supreme Court decision in Town Of Greece v. Galloway, opened the door to ‘legislative’ prayer that can be said at the beginning of a government meeting or event. Although the decision disappointed many secular people, some secular groups have decided to join in and encourage seculars to participate in the ‘prayers’ so that our point of view is represented. It isn’t the best solution to the divisiveness of government prayer but it may help show the court was wrong to allow prayer in the first place when the Christian’s true colors come out.
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For The Good Of Democracy, Corporations Shouldn’t Have Human Rights

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We don’t want this

Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, decided in the US Supreme Court in 2010, struck down laws that tried to control money given by corporations and other artificial entities in elections. The ruling essentially gave corporations free speech rights. It conferred personhood under the law for corporations. There are currently cases in the courts that could give religious freedom rights to corporations and remove any limits on the amount of money individuals could spend on election campaigns. Giving human rights to corporations or saying that money equals free speech is bad for actual humans. The Move to Amend group is working to change this terrible trend toward Corporate personhood.
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Chomsky: Human Aspirations Depend On Concern For The Common Good

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Noam Chomsky and John Dewey

The other day I read an essay by Noam Chomsky that contained some obvious Humanist principles we should all support. The title caught my eye ‘What Is the Common Good?’. I was interested in Chomsky’s idea that a reasonable definition of the common good was a democratic social order based on workers’ control, respecting the dignity of the producer as a genuine person, and not a tool in the hands of others. In this way humans would be fulfilling our just aspirations. It isn’t currently what we have in the United States.
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In Some Countries Atheism Is A Death Sentence

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cover to The IHEU Freedom of Thought Report 2013On Tuesday December 10th, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) released a report titled ‘The IHEU Freedom of Thought Report 2013′ which focused specifically on the rights, legal status, and discrimination against Humanists, atheists and the non-religious in every country in the world. While the worse result of being a freethinker could be death, there was some kind of discrimination in most countries including the United States.
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The Religious Should Not Define Humanism

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image showing an abstract word cloud focused on Secular HumanismOne of my pet peeves about the Humanist movement is that some support the use of religious words or activities in Humanist settings. Using such words in the context of a nontheistic philosophy like Humanism not only causes public confusion but also dilutes our message and shows a lack of conviction of our own principles, not to mention it is a bit silly. We should define ourselves and not let the religious do it.
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