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. 64, No. 5, September-October

A Greatness Reborn
It's 2,000 years ago, and a visitor to Egypt is lost. He was visiting the city of Alexandria, a teeming metropolis set in the green, wet Nile Delta overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. Now he's stumbling through a maze of dark corridors inside the city's...
Bush's Faith-Based Legacy
On June 1, 2004, at the first White House National Conference on Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, President George W. Bush delivered a revealing speech to an audience of more than 1,500 religious leaders and social workers from across the United...
Does Transhumanism Mesh with Humanist Values?
the articles Better Living Through Transhumanism" and "The Future of Immortality" (Humanist, May/June 2004), highlight a problem that has plagued me since the day I first realized I was a Humanist: how exactly does one combine a concern for the environment...
Fighting World Poverty: Count the U.S. Out
Now that the United States has taken some steps to repair its wrecker image at the United Nations--patiently negotiating one resolution giving Security Council backing to international intervention in Iraq and gracefully withdrawing a more contentious...
For a War Powers Relinquishment Act
the long presidential election campaign ahead comes at an especially inopportune time for American politicians, particularly those serving in the U.S. Congress. Considering that the United States is embarked on a presidentially proclaimed global war...
Guilty until Proven Innocent: What's Missing in the Analysis of the Hamdi Ruling
the Supreme Court's recent decision in the Hamdi v. Rumsfeld case regarding the detention of an American citizen as an "enemy combatant," along with its sister cases, is being hailed positively as the most significant civil liberties opinion in a half...
High on Hemp
it was country music legend Willie Nelson who first suggested to me that hemp is "not just for breakfast anymore." And Willie is a fellow who knows quite a bit about the plant called cannabis, marijuana, pot, reefer, or whatever you choose to call...
Humanist Profile: Francis Crick 1986 Humanist Distinguished Service Awardee
"We must face the fact that scientific knowledge has led us into ways of thinking which are only partly in harmony with our genetic heritage. Are we prepared to face up to this very difficult problem?"--Francis Crick in the July/August 1986 Humanist...
Is Scientology in Your Schools?
For obvious reasons, the lauding of religious leaders isn't supposed to be practiced in U.S. public schools, at least not as a class activity. Yet one widely used school program concludes by having students applaud Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard....
Jesus, Mel Gibson, & the Demon Jew
In the spring of 2004 Mel Gibson's film The Passion of the Christ was all the rage--hailed by Christian groups for its unsparing rendition of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and denounced by less enthusiastic viewers for implicitly blaming the Jews...
November 2, 2004
Clearly, November 2, 2004, will be the most pivotal day in many Americans lifetimes and perhaps even in the history of the United States. On that day voters will go to the polls and decide (hoping that the Supreme Court doesn't mess things up as it...
Pay No Attention to That Man Behind the Voting Booth Curtain
much is at stake in this year's presidential election; millions of voters across the country are itching to exercise the muscle of the majority to oust an administration they feel isn't being held accountable for its actions. But as Americans discovered...
Poll Shows Catholics Ignoring Church on Election Issues
A survey of the concerns of U.S. Roman Catholics this political season shows that the vehement opposition by the church to same-sex marriage will have little effect on how Catholics will vote in the coming elections. Commissioned by Catholics for a...
Taking Radical Responsibility to Create a Humanized World
As the war in Iraq worsens, approval of George W. Bush fades, and criticism of his administration mounts, conservatives who supported Bush in 2000 are denouncing him today. Pat Buchanan, Christopher Layne, and Scott McConnell of the American Conservative,...
The Atomic Fish: The Rising Controversy of Genetically Modified Pets
Humans and fish have participated in a cultural coevolution no less complex than their ecological one. Our evolutionary roots--the amniota-began a great divergence when a few amniotes crawled out of a primordial sea and left their finned relatives...
The Issue at Hand
When President George W. Bush first pushed for his faith-based initiative, the issue of church-state separation became a hot topic in the mainstream media. But now--in the face of continuous terror alerts, the 9/11 Commission report, insurgency in...
The Moon's the Limit
Anyone can proclaim to be the messiah. It's easy: find a public place, a corner outside a liquor store, a city square, and start preaching the gospel. Provided such individuals are not inciting violence, they're entertaining and, at most, mildly annoying...