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. 61, No. 2, March

10 Years Ago ... THE HUMANIST AGENDA
from the January/February 1991 issue There are times when I look back over human history and am amazed and moved at the tremendous growth in human rights that has taken place over the past centuries. Such growth is part of our rich humanist tradition....
20 Years Ago ... THE MORAL MAJORITY VS. HUMANISM
from the March/April 1981 issue Humanists and humanism are no strangers to attack. In the 1960s, Max Rafferty, then superintendent of Public Instruction of California, was criticized for the failure of schools to educate. "I am not to blame....
30 Years Ago ... WOMEN AGAINST THEMSELVES
from the January/February 1971 issue "Women were better off when the only taste they got of the competitive world was in cutting each other's throats over a cup of tea." "Women are already ahead, and the best they can get out of `liberation'...
40 Years Ago ... HUMANISM AND PEACE
from the March/April 1961 issue What have we, as human beings, to hope for? We suffer from attacks by the vectors of disease; from accidents, striking with the blind malevolence of chance; from the ills accompanying the deterioration of age; and...
50 Years Ago ... CIVIL RIGHTS AND ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITIES
from the March/April 1951 issue The first ethical duty upon each of us is that of ethical growth--ethical growth in our understanding of ourselves and in the rounded and integrated development of our own physical and intellectual, aesthetic and...
60 Years Ago ... SOURCES OF HUMANISM IN HUMAN NATURE
from the spring 1941 issue Those who cannot accept the traditional belief in a God in social relation with man lose the experience regarded by the believer as the presence of God and communion with him. Those experiences bring peace, strength, and...
A Lesson before Living
A coworker asked what I thought of the societal disparities in the application of the death penalty in the United States. Too difficult to summarize in a fifteen minute coffee break, I answered, "It's one piece of a mountain of evidence that the United...
Body Knowledge, Empathy, and the Body Politic
When I was born, Franklin D. Roosevelt was head of state in the United States and Adolf Hitler was head of state in Germany. I was, of course, blissfully unaware that a country's leader was the "head of state," that I was part of a "body politic" --or...
Church and State
Post-Election Reflections As far as religious liberty and church-state separation issues go, the contrast couldn't be greater. Outgoing President Bill Clinton, so popular in the last year of his term that he could have been reelected if the Constitution...
Exorcism Lives!
Devils, imps from hell, demons, and others of such ilk have had a tough time lately--and things can only get worse for them. Until the 1960s, they could carry on their satanic responsibilities with almost no interference because there simply weren't...
Fences
Looking out my front window, I see the wrought iron fence my husband lovingly built to accent our Williamsburg-style home. I remember growing up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and watching out the school bus window as the snow fence appeared...
Fundamental Flaws in the U.S. Electoral Process
Humanists believe that every U.S. citizen's right to vote is inviolable --the result of long struggles to achieve voting rights for non-property owners, women, African Americans, and eighteen- to twenty-year-olds. Some among us participated in the...
Global Warming an Opportunity for World Response
During November 2000, while most U.S. citizens were preoccupied by questions of rigged elections, representatives of 170 countries met in the Hague, the Netherlands, to tackle what is arguably the biggest environmental problem society faces: global...
Hard on the Stomach
President George W. Bush seemed, in his boyishly sly way, to be following in his early cabinet appointments the nanny's dictum that "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down in the most delightful way." However, some have a truly bitter taste....
LETTERS to the Editor
Thistles and Roses Kudos for the great cover photo on the January/February 2001 issue! The cover stories on "Nurturing a Healthier Society" were excellent. As the nursing mother of baby number four, I can attest to the truth of the articles. ...
Stopping the New Nuclear Arms Race
If terrorism is the threat to injure or kill the innocent, then nuclear weapons are the ultimate instruments of terrorism. They are held on constant alert, ready to destroy whole cities, whole populations. They corrupt by their very presence in society....
The Coup D'etat at Pacifica
One of the most crushing blows to both the left and democracy in the United States has been the gradual transformation of the five-station Pacifica Radio network from locally based and left-oriented into a centrally controlled, mainstream institution....
The Narrow Separation of Press and State
It was a remarkable comment that passed without notice. After interviewing the new White House chief of staff, a network anchor bade him farewell. "All right, Andy Card," said CNN's Judy Woodruff, "we look forward to working with you, to covering your...
The New Agenda Coalition for Nuclear Abolition
The New Agenda Coalition came together more than two years ago to pressure the nuclear weapons states to take tangible steps toward fulfilling the obligation they undertook thirty years ago in Article VI of the 1970 Non-Proliferation Treaty to eliminate...
To Bind Again
In keeping with the policy of the Humanist to accommodate the diverse social, political, and philosophical viewpoints of its readers, this occasional feature allows for the expression of alternative and dissenting views on issues previously or commonly...
Vouchers, Lies, and Public Schools
In the war to dismantle the public schools for their business and religious constituents, the weapons of choice among most conservatives are sensationalism and subterfuge. Rather than accurately report the failures of voucher plans--now euphemistically...
Worth Noting
* Human rights activists might have prematurely celebrated the closing of the School of the Americas at Fort Benning, Georgia. The target of growing protests and media attention (including an article in the July/August 1999 Humanist), the military...