The Humanist

The Humanist is a magazine focusing on critical inquiry and social concern from a humanist perspective. Published by the American Humanist Association, The Humanist covers everything from science and religion to politics and popular culture.

Articles from Vol. 58, No. 1, January-February

A League of the Pope's Own
One of the least known and most dangerous of the far-right organizations is the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. It is little known because it masquerades as a civil rights organization; it is dangerous because it redefines religious...
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Combating the Crisis of Civil-Military Relations
Denial is a powerful psychological weapon, and a disturbing common political one. No less than it protects individuals and institutions from the hurtfulness of truth does it shield those in authority from accountability and responsibility. Thus it has...
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Global Illusions
Global warming has become the most sweeping, tangled, and contentious environmental issue of modern times. To many business leaders, it suggests the willingness of environmentalists to employ dubious science in the interest of draconian initiatives....
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I Cannot Forget
Each year the world pauses to mark the anniversary of the end of World War II. Running through most public activities is an attempt to bring about a sense of closure to the trauma of the war. For a short while it seems to work, but the enormity of...
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Medical Student Abuse: A Student's Perspective
I was forty years old, the offspring of a family in which there had never been a physician, when I was offered admission to medical school. Since I was interested in making a career change, I accepted the admission offer eagerly. During the last few...
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Shades of the Gulag
0n June 23, 1997, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Kansas v. Hendricks that the state may brand sex offenders as "violent sexual predators" and commit them indefinitely after they have served their full prison sentences, based on speculation about...
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The NAACP at the Crossroads
The advent of Black History Month in February will bring the usual spurt of debates about civil rights. The problem with such reflection, however, is that, while it may be entertaining and useful for venting steam--like President Clinton's advisory...
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The Once and Future Humanist Institute
Those who hold minority philosophical views--including North American nontheistic, naturalistic humanists--have traditionally been prone to disagree with all who don't think exactly like themselves. Thus, the varied trajectories of modern humanism...
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What Hasn't Been Said about the Ten Commandments Controversy
The Ten Commandments have been in the news lately Most prominent is the case involving Alabama Circuit Judge Roy S. Moore. Moore insists on hanging the redwood plaque on which he carved the Ten Commandments in his courtroom as a support for the proclamation...
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Witness and Victim
Yamato Ichihashi was born into a former samurai family n 1878 in Nagoya, Japan, and arrived in the United States on a student visa in 1894. After attending public school in San Francisco and graduating from Lowell High, Ichihashi entered Stanford...
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Women and War; How 'Power-Over' Politics Silenced US Congresswomen in the Persian Gulf War
Recent tensions between the United Mates and Iraq over U.N. weapons inspections recall a period seven years this January when the U.S. Congress spent three days intensely debating several resolutions that would have either authorized the use military...
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