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. 68, No. 1, January-February

Absolute Infidel: The Evolution of Ayaan Hirsi Ali
"Who is using whom? Has she been captured by the right wing or is she using the right-wing neo-conservatives for her own interests?"--Taslima Nasrin (Infidel review, Outlook, April 2, 2007) AMONG THE MANY Muslim and ex-Muslim women currently commenting...
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Another Successful "War on Christmas" for the Religious Right
ANOTHER HOLIDAY SEASON is soon to pass, and this year, Santa Claus will be very, very good to the religious right--even though the leaders of that movement have been more than a bit naughty. In what has become an annual Yule time tradition, the...
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A Sensible Approach to Islam: A Statement by the American Humanist Association
ISLAM AND THE POLITICS OF VIOLENCE Over a long period culminating in recent years, Muslim fundamentalists dedicated to establishing Islamic theocracies have ascended to power and solidified their authority in several countries. They have also established...
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Collision of Religious and Gay Rights in the Workplace
IN THE CONSTITUTION, the free exercise of religion is an absolute right. However, the right must occasionally be tempered when the exercise of such freedom conflicts with other people's rights. Two bills pending in Congress, the Employment Non-Discrimination...
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Exquisite Debate: Dawkins vs. Gould
ALL TOO OFTEN LOST or forgotten among the mind-numbing, carnivalesque creationist-vs.-evolutionist sideshows currently haunting the popular media's pseudo-intellectual backwaters are the genuinely scientific debates over evolutions varied mechanisms...
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Fighting for Iraq: A Case for Liberation
AS WE APPROACH FIVE YEARS since the liberation of Iraq, it still appears too soon to tell if it's been a success or not. From a humanitarian intervention point of view, the tragedy of death and destruction brought on by the faulty decisions of the...
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From Catholic Priest to Atheist Psychologist a Memoir
ON A VERY HOT SUMMER NIGHT in the depression year 1930, I was born in the same farmhouse bed as my five older siblings. That same bed would also witness the stage entrance of my three youngest brothers. Would you guess this was a Catholic family? ...
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Philip Pullman (1964-Present) International Humanist 2008
"What I care about is whether people are cruel or whether they're kind, whether they act for democracy or for tyranny, whether they believe in open-minded inquiry or in shutting the freedom of thought and expression." --Philip Pullman Philip...
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School Prayer by Any Other Name?
OH, WHAT A DIFFERENCE a moment can make. Or not. This past October Illinois became the latest of several states to impose a moment of silence in public schools. The new law, known as the Silent Reflection and Student Prayer Act, mandated a previously...
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Science & Spirituality: An Interview with Carolyn C. Porco
CAROLYN C. PORCO, PH.D., IS THE LEADER of the Cassini Imaging Science team and the director of the Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for Operations (CICLOPS) at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The Cassini mission has taken breathtaking...
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The Humanist Interview: Ellery Schempp
ON NOVEMBER 26, 1956, sixteen-year-old Ellery Schempp staged a protest against his public high school's daily Bible reading and prayer requirement by bringing a copy of the Quran to class and reading silently from it. After he was reprimanded he and...
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The Issue at Hand
IN HIS 1996 BOOK, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark, Carl Sagan wrote: "If we long to believe that the stars rise and set for us, that we are the reason there is a Universe, does science do us a disservice in deflating our conceits?"...
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The Media and Crass Warfare
A FEW DECADES AGO, upwards of one-third of the American workforce was unionized. Now the figure is down around 10 percent. And news media are central to the downward spiral. As unions wither, the journalistic establishment has a rationale for giving...
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The Post-Theological Umbrella
SURELY ONE OF THE BIGGEST barriers keeping humanism from being a more prominent force in the United States is its nontheistic character. Two relevant surveys provide compelling proof that Americans just don't feel good about openly rejecting belief...
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Would You Buy a Used War from This Man?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] IT'S A TOUGH SELL, to say the least. But with the war against Iraq now entering its fifth year, with it having lasted longer than U.S. involvement in the Second World War, and with no objectives met save for executing Saddam...
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