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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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New Secular Woman Group Debuts

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image of Secular Woman logoNormally I frown on creating new freethought groups because we tend to see new ones pop-up for no real reason but Secular Woman is a group our community needs to have. It will serve a group of non-religious people that tend to be under served or marginalize even within the freethought movement. I like their mission and value statements and the fact that even as a man I can join if I want to support their goals.

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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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Humanists have fun too

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Last Saturday June 11th, the Humanist Community of Central Ohio held its summer picnic at the Battelle Darby Creek Metro Park near Columbus. Here is a short video I took showing the good time we had. This is typical of our group. We’ve been a group since 1980.

The food was good and we had WAY too many desserts. Along with a strong number of Columbus people we also had visitors from Dayton and Mansfield. Activities included walking on stilts, hiking to see the new Bison, and making S’mores.

Humanist Community of Central Ohio 2011 Summer Picnic

For more info on the group check out the Humanist Community of Central Ohio’s website.