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. 6, November-December

Alcohol Treatment: When Faith-Based Options Aren't Enough. (THE CULTURE WAR)
With all the talk about federal support of faith-based initiatives within the Bush administration, it is time to take a look at how we treat alcohol problems in the United States. In many states, drunk-driving offenders continue to be mandated to attend...
A Letter from an Afghan-American. (UPFRONT)
The following essay of September 12, 2001, began as an e-mail message but quickly made its way around the world to become one of the most copied and forwarded e-mails of all time. On September 19, its author was interviewed on PBS television by Bill...
An Ode to Maxy Noble. (the Ghosts of War) (Cover Story)
An autumn chill settled grey and dreary over the harbor as water churned between the U.S.S. Leonard Wood and its ratty old pier. New York City's spires jutted from misty shrouds as wind sliced into the matching cap and coat Mom had bundled me in that...
Another Theocracy: The Ties That Bind. (WATCH ON THE RIGHT)
The greatest danger to democracy in any nation is theocracy. It can occur in any society where a powerful religious group or combination of religious groups is the decisive voice in a ruling political or judicial system. In spite of the constitutional...
Arrest Suffering, Not Medical Marijuana Patients. (ALTERNATIVE VOICES)
A country that prides itself on freedom and justice should not arrest the seriously ill for using marijuana as a medicine. Common sense and compassion for the suffering of one's fellows dictate that they shouldn't be arrested for seeking relief from...
Clash of Civilizations? (UPFRONT)
Farewell to you and the youth I have spent with you. It was but yesterday we met in a dream. You have sung to me in my aloneness, and I of your longings have built a tower in the sky. But now our sleep has fled and our dream...
Horror and Perspective. (CHURCH AND STATE)
As I write a mere week after the horrific events of September 11, 2001, televised and print images from that day are forever scarred into the psyches of people throughout the world. They join remembered pictures of Pearl Harbor, Nazi death camps, lynchings,...
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Invading the Bill of Rights. (Cover Story)
"We can very well accomplish ourselves what the terrorists couldn't do on their own: destroy the United States as we know it. Even if we don't tear up the Constitution explicitly, we can do it one piece at a time." --Lauren Weinstein, moderator...
"I Sing of Arms and the Man." (the Ghosts of War)
It's easy to forget (and always sad to reflect) that male poets have traditionally been shills for the warriors: Homer marveling at Achilles' butchery; Vergil celebrating Aeneas (Arma virumque cano ...); Chaucer admiring his "verray parfit gentil knight";...
Some Thoughts about Tuesday. (THE POPULAR CONDITION)
It's September 13, 2001. For the past few days the skies have been overcast, rainy, and downright gloomy here in the southern New Mexico mountains. The astronomer in me would normally find this rather frustrating, but right now I don't really seem...
Terrorism, TV, and the Rage for Vengeance. (UPFRONT)
We stare at TV screens and try to comprehend the suffering in the aftermath of terrorism. Much of what we see is ghastly and all too real: terrible anguish and sorrow. At the same time, we're witnessing an onslaught of media deception. "The greatest...
The Globalization of a Movement
To terrorists and their sympathizers worldwide, the World Trade Center symbolized the global nature of corporate money and power--a seemingly neverending expansion of capitalism, siphoning funds and resources from people everywhere and fostering gaps...
The Importance of Religious Tolerance. (FIRST PERSON)
You're going to hell," my best friend old me, her eyes fierce. "You don't believe in God, so you're going to die and go to hell." I was nine years old. Eight years later, I stood in the library of my suburban public high school, wrestling with masking...
The Positive Virtues of Physician-Assisted Suicide: Physician-Assisted Suicide Is among the Most Hotly Debated Bioethical Issues of Our Time
Every reasonable person prefers that no patient ever contemplate suicide--with or without assistance--and recent improvements in pain management have begun to reduce the number of patients seeking such assistance. However, there are some patients...
Views Unconsidered, Remedies Untried. (UPFRONT)
More than a month has passed since the horrifying events of September 11, 2001, took thousands of human lives: Americans as well as people from eighty other nations. Our media permitted us to live the catastrophe as it unfolded, witness the fear of...
Who Is Osama Bin Laden?
A few hours after the terrorist events in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania, the Bush administration concluded without waiting for supporting evidence that "Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida organization were prime suspects. George Tenet,...