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. 63, No. 4, July-August

2003 Essay Contest Winners
The Humanist; essay contest is geared toward helping students grow and advance in their studies. Submissions are judged on originality of thought, sense of emotional engagement, clarity and quality of presentation, amount of research evidenced, and...
Alas, Babylon! How the Bush Administration Allowed the Sack of Iraq's Antiquities. (Arts)
From April 8-11, 2003, U.S. armed forces rolled through Baghdad, Iraq, meeting only sporadic resistance. The looting began before the fighting ended. Former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's palaces and the houses of his cronies were only the beginning....
Another Wall Falls: Turkey Lifts the Barrier That Cuts Cyprus in Two. (Up Front: News and Opinion from Independent Minds)
It's a pity that everybody used up all their Berlin Wall analogies on April 9, 2003, when the statue of Saddam Hussein came crashing from its pedestal in Fardus ("Paradise") Square in Baghdad. (By the way, April 28 was Saddam's birthday. Many happy...
Celebrities Counter the War
The few celebrities who have boldly spoken out against the U.S. war on Iraq function as the only voice the Democratic Party has, since congressional democrats were mostly silent during the war. Perhaps politicians are wary of the extreme criticism...
Child Labor: The Real Solution. (2003 Essay Contest Winners)
What brand of clothing are you wearing right now? Where was your shirt made? Do you know what went into the making of your clothes? It could be the blood of a child, the sweat of a child, the tears of a child. Now, as I read about child labor, I...
Critical Commentary on Humanist Manifesto III
In the brief time since the release of Humanism and Its Aspirations, and prior to any public signature campaign, numerous positive comments have been received in addition to a flurry of endorsements now approaching the first thousand. One of these...
Damascus Sighted: Where's the Next Distraction War? (Up Front: News and Opinion from Independent Minds)
It didn't take long at all, did it? Within hours of seeing footage of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein's smiling, hand-waving statue falling from its perch above the streets of Baghdad, U.S. president George W. Bush's administration was already...
Deserts Advancing, Civilization Retreating. (Environmental Watch)
The coalition forces which advanced northward from Kuwait to Baghdad traversed the site of the world's first civilization--ancient Sumer. More than five thousand years ago, the Sumerians inhabited the rich land between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers--part...
Dispelling the Illusion of Lifejackets: The First Step toward a Healthy Earth Canoe. (2003 Essay Contest Winners)
"All the world is a canoe, and whether paddlers or passengers, we are all one people together in that vessel." Chumash proverb All the world is a canoe, yet too often it is easy to see the world as a backdrop for a canoe. The difference between...
Embryonic Stem Stem Cell Research. (Technology & Society)
Millions of Americans suffer from debilitating diseases like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, and it is unfortunate that Congress is prolonging their suffering. In late February the U.S. House of Representatives approved the Human Cloning Prohibition Act...
Endangered Humans. (Human Rights Watch)
When most people refer to threatened or endangered species, they likely think of plants and animals. Certainly, in looking around or taking a drive through a * major city filled with millions of people, it is indeed hard to believe that them are human...
How Should We "Support" Our Troops?
Most Americans agree that, regardless of whether they support a war, they should support U.S. troops. Just as in the months following September 11, 2001, a preponderance of American flags and signs can be found at the checkout counters and on the backsides...
Humanist Profile
Author, philosopher, and teacher H. J. Blackham celebrated his one-hundredth birthday on March 31,2003. Commonly called the father of modern British Humanism, he helped to found the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) in 1952, serving as...
Lessons from the U.S. War on Iraq
Unpopular during even the happiest of stock-market booms, in time of war dissent attracts the attention of the police. The parade marshals regard any wandering away from the line of march as unpatriotic and disloyal. --Lewis Lapham ...
Progressing Humanism
On April 23, 2003, in a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, the American Humanist Association released Humanism and Its Aspirations to the media. The next day the Religion News Service wire sent out multiple articles about...
Rick the Lip, Wrong Paige, and the Plumed Knight. (Church and State)
Republican Senator Rick Santorum is an embarrassment to the state of Pennsylvania. In an April 21, 2003, Associated Press interview, Santorum compared homosexuality to bigamy, polygamy, incest, adultery, and bestiality. His remarks drew comment both...
The Advent of Self-Healing Mines. (Skeptical Eye)
In the recent war with Iraq, the U.S. military demonstrated its overwhelming technological superiority by attacking Iraqi military positions with extreme accuracy and discretion while attempting to minimize so-called collateral damage (killing civilians)....
The Issue at Hand
Has the cure been worse than the disease? The U.S.-led war on Iraq clearly succeeded in dethroning a vicious tyrant. Iraqi citizens who formerly feared to express their religious and secular views have now been voicing their beliefs. And humanitarian...