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. 62, No. 6, November-December

A Human Manifesto
Human life on our planet is in jeopardy. It is in jeopardy from war that could pulverize the human habitat. It is in jeopardy from preparations for war that destroy or diminish the prospects of decent existence. It is in jeopardy because...
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Baghdad, Autumn 2002: City of Doom. (Upfront: News and Opinion from Independent Minds)
BAGHDAD, 18, 2002--September When Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz described the box that Washington had meticulously constructed for Iraq, he put it this way: "Doomed if you do, doomed if you don't." It would be difficult to argue the...
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Bush and Clausewitz
With respect to world affairs, one can reasonably ask if George W. Bush knows what he is doing. He has refused to permit the United States to participate in a number of multinational accords that received overwhelming international approval, such...
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Dangerous Lessons. (Civil Liberties Watch)
The Supreme Court's ruling on June 27, 2002, giving public school authorities the green light to conduct random, suspicious drug testing of all junior and senior high school students wishing to participate in extracurricular activities, teaches...
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Death and Resurrection. (First Person)
I've only died twice. This happened six ears ago when I was forty-five--and both times it was painless. I was in San Diego, California, visiting a coauthor on the morning of September 11, 1996, when I awoke with the beginnings of a migraine. Mentioning...
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Humanism Unmodified
Humanism is a progressive lifestance that, without supernaturalism, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity. It is a complete approach to life, a living philosophy...
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Instead of Cursing the Darkness, Light One Small Blowtorch. (A Speech in Acceptance of the 2002 Humanist Pioneer Award of the American Humanist Association)
Welcome to the state of Texas: the home of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the home of Phil Graham and Tom DeLay, the home of the man who invented voicemail, and the home of all the sons of Bushes. But before you pass judgment, I would also say it's...
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Milllennium: Status and Vision
It seems it was only yesterday that millennium celebrations around the world were expressing optimism for a new age. Yet already that hopeful mood has changed to disappointment, trepidation, and, in much of the developing world, despair. Furthermore,...
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Paper or Plastic? (Environmental Watch)
Paper or plastic? You hear this very question every time you go to the grocery store. Which should one choose? While some might prefer the moisture-proof nature of plastic or the straight-edged neatness of paper, we all know that the question is...
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Perpetual War. (Upfront: News and Opinion from Independent Minds)
On September 14, 2001, a few days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Congress passed a joint resolution authorizing the president "to use all necessary and appropriate forces against those nations, organizations or persons...
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Practical Pacifism and the War on Terror
Most of us would intuitively agree that violence is evil, that terrorist assaults on innocent civilians are wicked, and that war is something to be avoided. But why are violence, terrorism, and war so bad? If they are so bad, what can be done to...
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The Demystification of Islam
Slowly but steadily the realization is setting in among Muslims that the glory days of Islam are over--that whereas it once led the world in science and culture, since the Renaissance it has fallen behind drastically. What happened? It now seems...
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The Global Reach of Privacy Invasion
In the aftermath of September 11, 2001, civil liberties have been compromised not only in the United States but in countries all over the world. New anti-terrorism laws, particularly those which expand the surveillance authority of the state, now...
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Triumph and Catastrophe: In Continuing the Discussion Begun in the July/August 2002 Humanist regarding the Origins of the Strife between Israelis and Palestinians, Events in Israel's First Decade as a Nation Firmly Drew the Lines of Conflict. (Origins of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict)
On May 15, 1948, the sun rose for the first time on Medinath Yisrael, the infant state of Israel, and widespread Zionist rejoicing was accompanied by wailing, rage, and utter disbelief of the Palestinians, already demoralized by their crushing defeat...
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Unilateralism Is It Necessarily Bad?
A Council on Foreign Relations report finds that the rest of the world sees the U.S. government as "arrogant, self-indulgent, hypocritical, inattentive, and unwilling or unable to engage in cross-cultural dialogue." The report found negative stereotypes...
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What Next? (Church and State)
What next?" is the question many are asking in the wake of the Supreme Court's June 27, 2002, five-to-four ruling in favor of Cleveland, Ohio's, school voucher plan--a move that largely trashes the First Amendment. What's next is a full-scale attack...
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