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. 65, No. 6, November-December

A Humanist in a Hurricane
ON AUGUST 29, 2005, at about 5:00 a.m. I awoke from a restless sleep and checked the Internet for the latest location of "the storm" In just a few hours Katrina had grown to something beyond anything I had ever seen in my many years of living through...
Changing the Lives of Prisoners: A New Agenda
TODAY MORE THAN TWO MILLION people are incarcerated in state and federal prisons, 600,000 are released every year, and within three to rive years 50 to 60 percent return to prison for committing new crimes or for violating their conditional releases....
Dodging the Costs of the Warfare State
THE NEW YORK TIMES BEGAN the week of September 19 with an editorial that typifies the media mindset of the warfare state. The editorial warns of dire consequences from a growing deficit that has been boosted by tax cuts--in combination with "the...
From an Act of Desperation to a Million Hits a Day: An Interview with Dahr Jamail
"I DIDN'T REALLY PLAN TO BE A JOURNALIST. It was more an act of desperation ... desperation I felt as I watched the war coming closer? That's how the most influential independent journalist covering the occupation of Iraq described his entry into...
God and Games
"If God does not exist, everything is permitted." THE ABOVE QUOTE, commonly attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky, not only was never written by him (see a lengthy examination on the Secular Web at www. infidels.org/library/modern/features/2000/cortesil....
How the Free Market Killed New Orleans
THE FREE MARKET played a crucial role in the August 2005 destruction of New Orleans and the death of thousands of its residents. Forewarned that Katrina--a momentous category rive hurricane--might hit that city and surrounding areas, what did officials...
Humanist Profile
Will Durant (1885-1981) Ariel Durant (1898-1981) 1977 Humanist Pioneers "The most interesting thing in the world is another human being who wonders, suffers and raises the questions that have bothered him to the last day of his life, knowing...
Katrina and Rita in Context
There has been something missing from the recent news coverage in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina's and Rita. No one seems to be reporting on the real story--namely the weather. These most recent storms should encourage U.S. citizens to recognize...
Katrina's America: Failure, Racism, and Profiteering
IT'S PAINFULLY DIFFICULT FOR ME to wrap my mind around images of Americans lying dead by the score, their corpses being eaten by rats and dogs. As a brave new America trudges forward into the twenty-first century armed with a new set of national priorities,...
Kennedy, Katrina, and the Role of Government
As we reflect on the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and the role that the U.S. government failed to play in protecting citizens trapped in New Orleans and elsewhere, the words of President John F. Kennedy ring boldly through the decades. In a...
Living with Democracy in Egypt
HOSNI MUBAREK WAS ALMOST elected president of Egypt in September 2005. Not that the seventy-seven-year-old secular autocrat who has ruled that nation for the past twenty-four years lost the election; by the official count, he took nearly 85 percent...
The Global Warming Crisis
THE EVIDENCE IS OVERWHELMING that the Earth's surface is warmer today than it was a century ago. As for why this is so, research by thousands of scientists strongly suggests that the cause is the largely uncontrolled and still increasing release of...
The Issue at Hand
AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA STRUCK the Gulf Coast on August 29, 2005, an e-mail from the furtive Columbia Christians for Life discerned the image of a fetus in a satellite photo of the storm and concluded that Katrina was part of God's plan to destroy...
Will All of Him Be at the Funeral?
WHEN A HOSPITALIZED individual dies, family members usually have too much on their minds to ever think of asking whether the remains of the deceased will be returned intact for the funeral. Yet in every state of the United States, survivors who consent...