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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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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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Humanists Needlessly Drawn Into Florida’s Amendment 8 Battle

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image showing wall between church and stateThis November, Florida voters will be deciding if they want to gut the state’s Blaine amendment language so it can give money directly to churches. The main benefit would be to allow school vouchers. In the run up to the vote Jon East, writing on the pro-voucher website redefinED had to bring in the evil secular humanists to make a false argument in support for passage of Amendment 8.
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American Secular Census Looks To Count Secular Americans

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logo of American Secular CensusA new group looks to complete a census of secular Americans who are usually under-counted by religious-centric demographic surveys. American Secular Census is an independent national registry of demographic and viewpoint data recorded from secular adult Americans covering those who are skeptical of supernatural claims. One reason such a census is needed and why secular Americans should participate is what happens in a Washington D.C. that is overly influenced by the religious right.
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National Day of Reason 2012

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image of National Day of Reason logoThursday May 3rd 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 need reason to help solve human problems.
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One Humanist You Should Know:
Robert G. Ingersoll

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Robert G. Ingersoll by Brady-Handy

Robert Green Ingersoll (1833 – 1899) was, in his time, the greatest orator in the United States. He was also known as the “The Great Agnostic”. Yes, Ingersoll wasn’t a religious preacher, he was a preacher for freethought. Although he was popular with the public he also had to deal with criticism from the establishment which also included preventing him from trying for elective office. He is one Humanist you should know.
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