Humanism

Counter-protester clergy link arms at Unite the Right rally

While Religious Groups Condemn Trump’s Charlottesville Comments, Evangelicals Remain Devoted

August 27, 2017

After a white supremacist rally resulted in the death of a counter-protester, President Donald Trump has been criticized from religious leaders of a variety of political leanings, but has largely retained the support of white evangelicals, who overwhelmingly voted for him in the 2016 election.

The Saturday, August 12 rally in Charlottesville, Virginia saw the coalescence of assorted white nationalist...

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Protesters gather with signs at March for Science

At March for Science, Debate Over Anti-Evolutionists

April 27, 2017

Last Saturday, tens of thousands gathered in cities around the world to advocate for the value and ongoing necessity of science for human progress.

With the largest group congregating on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., March for Science protesters had a decidedly political aim: to speak out against “policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world.”

Protesters particularly targeted the current administration with criticism. Signs decried President Trump’s...

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Pew Reports Americans Warming Toward Most Religious Groups

February 21, 2017

Americans’ perception of religious groups has increased nearly across the board over the past two years, according to a Pew Research Center report published Wednesday.

The survey ran from January 9 to January 23 of this year. 4,248 adults were asked to rank a variety of religious groups on a “feeling thermometer” ranging from 0 to 100. Although the survey revealed notable differences in perception of religious groups across lines of race, religious identity, and...

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New Executive Action from Trump Targets Refugees, Muslim Immigrants

January 27, 2017

This Wednesday, several major news outlets received a draft of an upcoming executive order instituting a temporary ban on all refugees and on immigrants from some Muslim nations.

Many perceive the order as an amended version of the “Muslim ban” U.S. President Donald Trump proposed in 2015. Because the executive order includes exceptions for individuals who are “a minority religion” in their homeland,...

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American Nones Left Religion Because They “Stopped Believing,” Study Finds

American Nones Left Religion Because They “Stopped Believing,” Study Finds

October 6, 2016

While the rise of America’s non-religiously affiliated population has been the topic of speculation for several years, a study released last month offers further insight into the reasons Americans leave religion.

After conducting a survey of 2,201 adults, the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) distributed their findings in a publication called “Exodus: Why Americans are Leaving Religion—and Why They’re Unlikely to Come Back.”

Among the PRRI’s most significant discoveries was the...

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Humanist Manifestos


Dr. Sakharov, Flickr Creative Commons, http://bit.ly/2aGzs2UWhile humanism, by definition, dismisses set creeds in the name of continuous advancement, over the past 80 years there have been three key documents attempting to outline the general beliefs and goals of the Humanist movement. These “Humanist Manifestos” are not...

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Politics and International Scope

Many humanists share an emphasis on democratic principles such as equality, freedom of speech, and rule of law, but differ in their understanding of how such principles are best implemented and promulgated in society. Author Ayn Rand, for example, was a strong proponent of humanist ideologies, and believed that the principles of democracy are best ruled by individualism and a free market economy. Marxist humanism, on the other hand, understands humans as free producers whose essential natures are alienated by capitalist societies. Within these two widely varying positions on economics,...

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Humanist Communities

Many humanists affirm the goodness of cultures, family structures, and affinity groups as opportunities for individuals to experience the goodness and fullness of life. However, a shared lack of belief in the supernatural has historically not been a sufficient rallying point for humanists interested in gathering and sharing in fellowship. A wide variety of contemporary humanist organizations exist today. Some humanist communities explicitly seek to fill the role that religious services fill for others. Other organizations prioritize political and community organizing, galvanizing...

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Diversity

Contemporary humanist communities vary widely in size, diversity, and practice, but most of them share a commitment to gender and racial parity and various other social justice initiatives. Epicurus, an early humanist thinker, was the first Greek philosopher whose school was officially open to women. While research centers like Pew do not distinguish humanists from others in the “religiously unaffiliated” category, non-religious Americans are consistently the strongest proponents of social issues like same-sex marriage and legal abortion access. However, strong internal critiques of the...

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Source of Ethics

makelessnoise, A Sign for Reason, Flickr Creative Commons, http://bit.ly/2aGxU9cMany humanists are compelled to discuss their philosophy of morality because of the common critique that non-religious humans lack a coherent ethical system. For many humanists, questions of right and wrong can be dealt with through the same...

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Belief in God

Pete Birkinshaw, Unitarian, Flickr Creative Commons, http://bit.ly/2ajkMEzOne of the greatest ongoing debates in humanist communities is whether humanism is fundamentally theistic or nontheistic. Some see humanism as a more human-centered and this-worldly religious ideology. So-called “religious humanists” might believe in...

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History of Humanism

Human-centered ideologies have been popular among various philosophers and religious leaders since at least 1500 B.C.E. While Humanists today might credit any number of these figures as a contributor to contemporary Humanist thought, no one proto-Humanist philosopher is seen as the creator of Humanism. Instead, many Humanists point to the ubiquity of humanist ideologies across time and place as a sign that such a system of looking at the world is natural, rational, and self-evident. ...

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“Reason Rally” Galvanizes Non-Religious Voting Bloc

“Reason Rally” Galvanizes Non-Religious Voting Bloc

June 8, 2016

Last Saturday, over 10,000 people gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. in a show of solidarity for the fastest growing religious affiliation group in the nation: the non-believers.

Sponsored by a coalition of atheist and freethought organizations, this “Reason Rally” was the second of its kind. The first took place in 2012 in an effort to galvanize the non-religious into a cohesive voting bloc before the 2012 presidential election.

Last Saturday’s Rally shared a similar purpose. “We have this community that has the power to move mountains and we just need that...

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Merger Creates America's Largest Secular Humanist Organization

Merger Creates America's Largest Secular Humanist Organization

February 11, 2016

Last month, two prominent atheist organizations announced their plans to merge, creating what is now the largest secular humanist organization in the United States.

The Amherst, New York-based Center for Inquiry (CFI)—an education, outreach, and advocacy organization with a mission of “fostering a secular society based on science, reason, freedom of inquiry, and humanist values”—will keep its name as it joins forces with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (RDF).

While both organizations have working...

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