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. 2, March-April

Black Churches and Blue-Eyed Jesuses: This Article Is Adapted from Chapter Five of the Author's 2011 Book, Moral Combat: Black Atheists, Gender Politics, and the Values Wars
THE FIRST FEW minutes of the revival movement film Elmer Gantry (1960) are a paean to the spit and gleam of Burt Lancaster's Klieg-light teeth. Dancing shamelessly like a character unto themselves, they tell you everything you need to know about twentieth-century...
Editor's Note
"OFTEN AMERICA is celebrated as a place that forgets;' writes Lonnie G. Bunch, director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). "This museum seeks to help all Americans remember ... This is not a museum that celebrates...
Going Anti-Postal: What Kind of Nation Won't Fund a Post Office?
There was a time not too long ago when mantels lined with Christmas cards were as ubiquitous as Christmas trees, when birthdays bestowed us with similar arrays, when the letter carrier would regularly visit our homes and drop off tangible graphic reminders...
Humanist Profile: Zora Neale Hurston (1891-1960)
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Why fear? The stuff of my being is matter, ever changing, ever moving, but never lost; so what need of denominations and creeds to deny myself the comfort of all my fellow men? The wide belt of the universe has no need for...
Jefferson's Women: Sexual Enlightenment and Racism in the Life of a Secular Hero
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THOMAS JEFFERSON was a private man who kept his personal life to himself, and yet today 18,000 of his letters exist in the public forum. In them, this farmer, architect, inventor, philosopher, politician, attorney, and "man...
Now about Planned Parenthood and the Bishops
In early February we all learned a lot about Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Planned Parenthood, and breast cancer. Komen, the successful breast cancer research fundraiser known for its pink-ribbon campaigns, announced it would not renew grants for breast-cancer...
Overcoming Hidden Biases
On the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination on April 4, 1968, an unintended consequence of the Civil Rights movement still gets little attention. The movement so transformed the way we thought about the relationship between blacks...
The Bible According to Thomas Jefferson
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] THE PRESIDENT sat at his desk in the White House on a winter evening. He'd finished his work for the day and was ready for something more enjoyable. He took out two Bibles and opened them to the story of Jesus. Then he grabbed...
The Hidden Hues of Humanism
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR YEARS it has been lamented that humanist groups and events lack adequate participation by racial minorities. "Our philosophy is inclusive," goes the refrain. "Our doors are open. Anyone can come." Nonetheless, the usual...
The Inner Life of Humanists
I see humanism as having four dimensions; the intrapersonal, the interpersonal, the societal, and the global. We may gravitate toward one dimension or another, but a mature humanism asks us to consider all the dimensions that make up a balanced, whole,...
We Are All Where We Belong: An Interview with Quiet Company's Taylor Muse
MUSIC WITH obvious humanistic themes is a rare find in today's indie-rock scene. Of course, messages of reason and compassion appear in small doses across popular culture. But entire concept albums featuring great rock music intended to advance secular...
"You're Fired!" the Supreme Court's Narrow Ruling on Religious Organizations' Right to Fire
Catholic churches are under no obligation to hire women priests, and if a Presbyterian pastor suddenly decides to start frequenting a Mormon temple, the church can fire him. No questions asked. But what if a church decides to fire a minister simply...