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Carl Sagan – A Humanist You Should Know

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poster version of Carl SaganNovember 9th is the birthday of Carl Sagan (1934-1996), an American astronomer, astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences. He is best known as creator and host of the seminal science TV show Cosmos: A Personal Voyage (1980). Sagan was known as a skeptic and freethinker. That is why today is considered Carl Sagan Day by many in the freethought community.
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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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This Week Support The Secular Student Alliance

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image with the words SSA WeekThis week is ‘SSA Week': a fundraiser for the student freethought group Secular Student Alliance (SSA). During the week bloggers and others online will be posting special content to encourage donations. The SSA does special work and needs your support to continue and expand its outreach to students across the country.
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IHEU Statement To The United Nations Points Out Criminalization Of Freethought Around The World

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image of a Holy Bible with a warning stickerThe International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) gave a report to the United Nations detailing that Atheists, humanists, freethinkers and other non-religious people are discriminated against around the world, where expression of their views is often criminalized and subject to capital punishment. The report was in response to efforts by Islamic countries to obtain a world ban on “defamation of religion”. Freedom of Religion and freedom of expression shouldn’t be in conflict.
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Happy International Blasphemy Rights Day

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Protests by Malaysia Muslims over Innocence Of Muslims film September 2012

September 30th is designated as International Blasphemy Rights Day. This is when we bring awareness to efforts to censor dissent using the false cover of “protecting religious beliefs”. Although very rare in the US, jail time and even death comes to people deemed to have committed Blasphemy. In the US, public bullying sometimes results in “voluntary” self-censorship. Blasphemy laws are bad for freedom. A vibrant society needs and allows dissent in all forms so that the people are able to make informed choices in their lives. And how tolerant we are of dissent says a lot about how we view our country and our freedoms.
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