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. 72, No. 1, January-February

A Dangerous Groundswell: Banning Adult Classifieds Is Not a Panacea for Child Sex Trafficking
Attention to the issue of sex trafficking in the United States has risen dramatically over the last few years to the point of a moral panic. As defined by the Department of Health and Human Services, "sex trafficking is a modern-day form of slavery...
An Insider's View from Occupy Oakland
Robyn (who asked that her last name not be used) is a forty-year-old resident of Marin County, California, who is active in Occupy Oakland and Occupy Marin. In early December, she spoke to the Humanist about life in the camp, and what it means--for...
By the People, for the People: A Humanist Pays a Visit to Zuccotti Park
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "MIC CHECK!" calls out a young man from the bottom of the stairs at the southeast corner of Zuccotti Park, or "Liberty Square," as it's been called by the fans and residents of Occupy Wall Street (OWS). "Mic check!" comes...
Candace Gingrich-Jones (1966-Present)
Candace Gingrich-Jones was born on June 2, 1966, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Robert and Kathleen Gingrich. The couple had two other daughters, Susan and Roberta, and an older son from Kathleen's first marriage. Candace's half-brother Newt, the...
Corporations or People? Restoring the Common Good
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] WHEN MAINE governor Paul LePage ordered the removal of a mural depicting the states labor history from the Department of Labor headquarters because it was "not in keeping with the department's pro-business goals" he perfectly...
Divorce Hypocrisy
In what's becoming a rather sad cycle, another celebrity marriage garners countless headlines and wedding photo-ops, the couple cheats or sours on each other, and the marriage quickly implodes under the same spotlight. If nothing else, marriage-equality...
Editor's Note
IS OCCUPY WALL STREET a humanist movement? On the one hand, seeing the Occupy phenomenon as largely an economic protest, how could it be? After all, humanists stand on the forefront of religious liberty and church-state separation issues, not disputes...
Moving from a War Economy to a Peace Economy
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] BEHIND EVERY question about how to get the United States back on track and improve the lives of average Americans (the so-called 99 percent) lies the necessity for economic conversion--that is, planning, designing, and implementing...
Seven Things to Avoid When Talking to Strangers about Humanism
Imagine you've just met someone new and it comes up that you're a humanist. It happens. Perhaps you're at the playground with your child or waiting in line at the grocery store and you let it slip that you're on your way to a humanist meeting. Regardless...
Stuck in the Belly of the Beast: My Trip to the Values Voter Summit
Every fall I attend a large gathering of religious right activists in Washington, DC. Launched in 2006 and sponsored by the Family Research Council and other far-right groups, the Values Voter Summit has become the nation's premier gathering of theocracy-minded...
Tents or Tea? Looking beyond a Movement's Trappings
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] MEMBERS OF the Tea Party love to play dress-up, but not just in those cute costumes from the 1700s they gad about in. No, I mean the so-called Tea Party has been rather successful in dressing up its theocratic values as libertarianism....
The Humanist Interview with Clinical Psychologist Leon F. Seltzer
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE FOLLOWING interview was originally published on the Psychology Today blog, In Therapy. It was one installment in Ryan Howes' series, The Varieties of Religious Therapy," featuring representatives from twelve belief systems...
What about Hope?
The middle-aged woman in a dark red sweater looked withdrawn and forlorn. I had been answering questions from the audience after presenting a talk called "Humanism As a Source of Inspiration and Meaning." She raised her forearm just slightly to indicate...
What Exactly Does the Occupy Movement Want?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] You say you want a revolution? Well, you know, we all want to change the world. ... You say you got a real solution? Well, you know, we'd all love to see the plan. --Lennon/McCartney,"Revolution" OCCUPY WALL STREET...
Why Aren't More Kids Celebrating Darwin Day?
For several years the Ethical Humanist Society of Long Island has celebrated Darwin Day on or around February 12 (Charles Darwin's birthday). Last year's Darwin Day/Stand Up For Science Day was our best yet. Dr. Victor Schuster gave a wonderful demonstration...