Drew Stedman And The Cosmic Nothings Are A Freethinking Joy

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Drew Stedman And The Cosmic Nothings

Freethought music, in my view, tends to sound like warmed over folk music most of the time, so when a singer or group comes along that sounds like something you would hear on a commercial radio station, I get really happy. Drew Stedman and The Cosmic Nothings is such a group. They are releasing their debut self-titled EP and I love the music. Even though the lyrics and themes are specifically about religious dissent and freethought, it sounds polished and modern. Give them a listen.
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Unique Freethought Conference Coming July 19th

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logo for Freethought Blogs networkA unique online conference for freethinkers, sponsored by the Freethought Blogs network, will take place July 19th through the 21st. ‘FtBConscience: Atheism with a conscience‘ will be entirely online and completely free which is unusual for freethought conferences. Although they don’t use the word Humanism, the people behind the conference support many of the ideas and principles we do, so this conference should be a good fit for Humanists in general. Check out the information and if you have time ‘attend’ the conference.
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For Humanists, It Should Be About Community

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Happy Humanist with word CommunityI previously posted about my complaints about some Humanists forming ‘churches’ or creating ‘congregations’. My concern has always been about using warmed over religious words like ‘congregation’ or having ‘services’ on a Sunday. I explained that using religious words for non-religious activities causes confusion and doesn’t explain what we Humanists are really about. So in this post I want to explain how being honest in the terms we use will actually lead more people joining us.
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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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