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. 71, No. 5, September-October

A Costly Chill in the Air
From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, the United States Armed Forces have left bullets and boot prints all over the world, building enough square mileage of domestic military installations to rival the state of Ohio. A smaller but strategically...
A Free Speech Challenge for Parents
Should a thirteen-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without parents' knowledge or consent? The Supreme Court says that freedom of speech requires they do have that opportunity. On June 27, in a 7-2 decision, the court struck...
Editor's Note
DID YOU HEAR THE ONE about the rich getting to keep their tax loopholes and havens while the numbers of poor people in the United States grow and grow? It's no joke. On the heels of the summer blockbuster known variously as the Congressional Budget...
Felix Adler (1851-1933)
The self is precious on its own account. The nonself, the other, equally so. A virtuous act is one in which the ends of self and of the other are respected and promoted jointly. --Felix Adler An Ethical Philosophy of Life (1918) Felix Adler was...
Given the Evidence
2/3rds IS GOOD In July the Fist Amendment Center released it's "State of the First Amendment 2011," which asked whether the First Amendment requires a clear separation of church and state. 67% of respondents said yes (with 48% "strongly" agreeing)....
HJ Resolution 47 and the ERA
Remember in January when Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia wrote that his interpretation of the Fourteenth Amendment-the equal protection clause--does not include discrimination against women? Logically, he's correct. And yet 75 percent of Americans...
Mastering the Camera: Lewis Hine at Ethical Culture School, New York
"He was usually not pictorially dramatic and many of his photographs appeared flat--not shocking enough for his contemporaries. The people in the photographs communicate directly to us as if they were still alive. They spill out of their historic reality...
Raising the Flag
I find myself needing to tell a simple story, one that highlights my family, my community, and the everyday reality of being a humanist at heart and in life. Sitting down for dinner one evening, my eight-year-old son Ari told me, "Some kids at school...
Remembering Lewis Hine
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "KINDLY, TRUSTFUL, WISTFUL, AMAZINGLY INNOCENT, HIS FRONT IS A MASK FOR HIS POWER. He looks like an unworldly schoolteacher, needing protection from the rigors of the everyday world. But behind this disarming apparent naivete...
Standing Up for Science: Taking the Evolution Debate to the Next Level
I recently received an email with a headline that made me do a double-take. It read: "Science Education Triumphs in Texas." These days, I'm not used to science education triumphing anywhere--but in Texas? The Lone Star State doesn't have a good...
Still Enlightening after All These Years: The Continuing Value of the Humanist Institute
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] A TYPICAL sales pitch for the Humanist Institutes graduate study program might go something like this: Do you want to learn the philosophical and scientific secrets that will put you on the cutting edge of modern thought?...
Stop Saying "Same-Sex" Marriage
On July 24 New York became the sixth state to offer officially recognized marriage licenses to same-sex couples; but it didn't recognize same-sex marriage. Why? Because there is no such thing. Though we hear these sexual orientation-oriented matrimonial...
The Humanist Institute: A History
The Humanist Institute is a graduate-level leadership education and training program founded by visionaries across the spectrum of the humanist movement who saw the need to pool resources in order to more effectively promote humanism in the face of...
The Humanist Interview with Leo Behe: Son of Intelligent Design Heavyweight Michael Behe
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] LEO BEHE is not your typical young humanist. He's the son of famed intelligent design proponent, author, and biochemist Michael Behe. Since 1996 the elder Behe, a professor at Lehigh University, has...