You’re Against War In Syria? Okay, Then What Is The Solution?

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photo showing vicitims of war in Syria in a graveIn a press statement last week, President Obama indicated that he believed that there should be a military response against the government of Syria. The reason given was intelligence that the Assad government had used chemical weapons against civilians and the rebels in the current civil war. The use of chemical weapons is violation of international law. Many of my friends who are Humanists have been screeching ‘NO WAR!’ yet fail to offer a realistic non-military solution. Sometimes solutions are difficult but a common refrain in Humanism is to tell people what we are for and not just what we are against. If we are going to be against war then we need to offer a viable realistic non-military solution.
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Science League of America Returns

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part of the logo for the Science League of AmericaThe National Center for Science Education (NCSE) has started a blog on their website titled Science League of America: Defending the Teaching of Evolution & Climate Science. The blog will see updated content about the work of NCSE and its friends in promoting science education. The name of the blog is a callback to the work Maynard Shipley who also started a Science League of America back in 1924, a year before the Scopes Monkey Trial. Shipley’s group had the same mission of NCSE – defending science education.
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Humanism Isn’t Just Humanitarianism

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Helping at the soup kitchen

It is fairly easy to make the mistake in thinking that Humanism is just a fancy name for humanitarianism. It is part of Humanism, but even people who label themselves Humanists tend to forget the non-theistic basis for the conclusions we come to that then lead to our humanitarianism. We are “good without God” because we don’t expect any reward in an afterlife. People who are theists may also do humanitarian work but the difference is Humanists don’t give any credit to an irrational belief like religion.
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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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