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. 60, No. 6, November

A New Sense of the Sacred Carl Sagan's "Cosmic Connection"
Join me in my mind's eye for a sense I have imagined many times.... We are floating down past the sooty rooftops of the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York, in the spring of 1941. As we descend, the express train from Manhattan shocks us with...
Discrimination by Senator Joseph Lieberman against Nonbelievers
by the Coalition for the Community of Reason The following public statement was issued September 8, 2000, by the Coalition for the Community of Reason on behalf of its member organizations: the American Ethical Union, the American Humanist Association,...
Dr. Laura Goes TV-But at What Cost?
After many months of controversy over her anti-gay statements to millions of radio listeners, Dr. Laura Schlessinger ascended the airwaves to an even higher and mightier pulpit. Her crusade reached televisionland. Over the past summer, Schlessinger...
Humanism in the Twenty-First Century
I believe when we refer to humanism we are thinking of that modern lifestance which is rooted in rational thinking and provides a way of understanding our universe and our place in it in naturalistic rather than supernatural or theistic terms. By humanism...
Humanity's Challenge What Each of Us Must Do about the African AIDS Crisis
Twenty-two million to 25 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are infected with HIV. About 14 million have already died. Millions more will die in this decade. In some African countries, newborns have a 30 percent chance of being infected at birth,...
Invisible History
Of all the moments in the history of Breslau/Wroclaw, the Nazis' building of the airstrip during World War II stands alone in its unique perversity, demonstrating how amoral motives of self-preservation surpassed even the racist principles of the Third...
LETTRS to the Editor
Special Award You cannot imagine how excited I was to receive your letter this past May telling me that I was one of your "educator prize" winners! For the last several years I have urged my students to participate in your Humanist Essay Contest...
Love, Lust, and Marriage
One day my wife called me at work and asked how I felt about her. A good question. I know sometimes I can be indifferent and quite inarticulate when it comes to sharing my feelings for her. However, at that moment, I experienced a revelation. It was...
National Action Appeal on Housing
from Religious and Organizational Leaders On September 9, 1999, an open letter entitled "Religious Leaders' National Call for Action on Housing" was sent to President Bill Clinton. The letter was cosponsored by Religious Witness with Homeless People,...
School Vouchers: No End in Sight
As I am writing this column in September, the outcomes of the November elections can't be predicted. The next occupant of the White House will be in a position to shape the Supreme Court, and thus the Constitution and Bill of Rights, for possibly generations...
The Big Tent: Too Small for Women?
The elephant's in the bedroom, throwin' all his weight around. --Mick Jagger Despite the fact that the gender gap has widened, one of the first pieces of business at the 2000 Republican National Convention was the ratification of a long-standing...
The Federal Government: Moral Guardian of the Internet
Your local public library or school may need your help. Already, many educators and librarians are alarmed and working to defeat federal legislation that would require the installation of filtering software on all school and library computers connected...
The Network of Righteousness
Right-wing politics in the United States is not monopolized by Vatican loyalists and Protestant followers of such leaders as James Dobson, Pat Robertson, and Jerry Falwell. Add to the mix the Federalist Society, with its membership of 25,000--composed...
The Politics of Homework
My father went to medical school during the Depression on $4,000 in gold his grandfather had stashed under a bed many years before. During my childhood, I was constantly admonished that the only way to avoid poverty was to "study hard." Etched as these...
U.$. PRISONS Mean Money
Prisons are being built in the United states at a rate never before seen. It has been said that, because of the time it takes to fund, plan, and build a new prison, we are building prisons for today's fourth graders. During childhood, most people are...
Vatican Disconnect
Shifting gears, I have written in various places about the significant disconnect between the hierarchy of the Roman Catholic church and the views of most ordinary Catholics. By most indices, since 1965 there has been an implosion in the Catholic church...
When Faith Fails Children
Religion Based Neglect: Pervasive, Deadly ... and Legal? My husband Douglas and I were devout, lifelong Christian Scientists until 1977 when we lost our only son Matthew as a result of our religious beliefs regarding medical care. It's hard for...