Dr. Ellery Schempp – A Humanist You Should Know

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Ellery Schempp’s protest of required Bible reading in his High School lead to the case Abington School District v. Schempp being decided in 1963

Fifty years ago today, the US Supreme Court handed down their landmark decision Abington School District v. Schempp that struck down a Pennsylvania law that mandated Bible reading in the public schools. The case started with a protest in 1956 by then High School student Ellery Schempp. His case showed us the importance of dissent and that mandatory Bible reading, in public schools, infringes on religious liberty. It’s great that Dr. Schempp is still active in the struggle to protect the 1st Amendment and he is definitely a Humanist you should know.
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We Humanists, Young and Old, Need Each Other

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How I imagine older Humanists passing on their knowledge to younger Humanists

I wrote an essay on my personal blog Doug’s Views about the relationship and sometime conflict between young people in the secular movement and those of us who are older and have been down the road awhile. I explore that relationship and connect it to a change in the energy I have for Humanist activism. My conclusion is we seculars, young or old, need each other to make the movement a success.
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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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Check Out Our New Resources & Groups Page

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created image for the iHumanism blogWhile doing some housekeeping on the blog, I elected to remove the blogroll previously found in the sidebar of each page and put those links on a new separate page you can get to through the menu bar just below the masthead image. This page includes all the links that had been on the blogroll and I checked them to make sure they were still correct, active, and if I would still recommend them.
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Greg Epstein, Humanists Don’t Need Congregations We Need More Communities

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Greg M. Epstein serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University

The other day a friend sent me a link to an announcement that Greg Epstein, who serves as the Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, and James Croft, a Research and Education Fellow at the Humanist Community at Harvard, are writing a book titled “The Godless Congregation”. While it didn’t surprise me coming from Greg Epstein, the title and idea behind the book made me cringe. He and Croft plan on traveling the country to write about people who form godless churches and how “we” nones need such places. This isn’t the first time I disagreed with Epstein’s equivocations and his thinking there are no other godless communities outside his bubble.
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First Thursday In May Is The National Day of Reason

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National Day of Reason: May 2nd 2013

May 2nd is the National Day of Reason in the United States. The day is a secular celebration for humanists, atheists, and other secularists and freethinkers in response to the National Day of Prayer, that is unfortunately a legal holiday in the United States. This country has many issues from high unemployment to religious conservatives attacks on women’s rights. The government shouldn’t be holding national days of prayer, we should be using reason to help solve human problems.
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