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. 66, No. 1, January-February

Art as Truth
"Knowledge of the world is derived by observation, experimentation, and rational analysis. Humanists find that science is the best methodology for determining this knowledge.... We also recognize the value of new departures in thought, the arts, and...
Bush's Implicit Answer to Cindy Sheehan's Question
PRESIDENT BUSH HAS evaded Cindy Sheehan's question: "What was the noble cause that my son died for?" But he provided a partial answer on the day the New Orleans levees gave way. The media coverage was scant and fleeting, but we shouldn't allow the...
Controversy: In Keeping with the Policy of the Humanist to Accommodate the Diverse Cultural, Social, Political, and Philosophical Viewpoints of Its Readers, This Occasional Feature Allows for the Expression of Alternative, Dissenting, or Opposing Views on Issues of Importance to Humanists
Beyond the Alito Battle: Creating Democratic Change AS CONSERVATIVES PREPARE to seize control of the Supreme Court with the nomination of Samuel Alito, liberals realize that the reproductive freedoms guaranteed by Roe v. Wade are endangered. But...
Death in Perspective
THE ANNUAL DEATH RATE from maternal mortality is three times greater than from the December 2004 Asian tsunami. In the year since the tsunami struck the world has seen a tremendous outpouring of aid and money to the survivors in South Asia as well...
Designed for Controversy: The Religious Right's New Creationism
A TRIAL IN THE NATION'S first legal challenge to "intelligent design" (ID) drew to a close in early November--the result of a lawsuit brought against the Dover, Pennsylvania, School Board by the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania and Americans...
Everything but the Truth: Allegations of Abuse and Torture at Guantanamo Bay
ON MAY 25, 2005, Amnesty International published its annual report on the state of human rights in 149 countries. The United States received a scathing criticism regarding prisoners being held without trial at the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay,...
Humanist Profile: John H. Dietrich 1878-1957 1976 Humanist Pioneer (Posthumous)
John H. Dietrich 1878-1957 1976 Humanist Pioneer (posthumous) "Humanism recognizes that if there is any supernatural world which lies beyond the range of human experience, it possesses no practical use for man, because what he cannot know he...
Lost Perspectives in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
THE CEASEFIRE AGREEMENT OF February 8, 2005, between Israel and the Palestinians, followed by Israel's momentous withdrawal from Gaza, completed on September 12, has since substantially reduced the level of violence. It has failed, however, to produce...
The African AIDS Crisis and International Indifference
THESE WORDS by Joel Pauls Wohlgemut, appearing in his 2002 prize-winning Canadian Medical Association Journal article, "AIDS, Africa and indifference: A confession," are arguably some of the most courageous to appear in the academic literature in recent...
The Emergence of the Religious Left: An Opportunity for Religious Liberals and Humanists to Unite
IN 1689 THE DEDICATED Protestant philosopher John Locke famously wrote: "And upon this ground I affirm that the magistrate's power extends not to the establishing of any article of faith, or forms of worship, by the force of his laws." Locke's precedent-setting...
The Extraordinary Cruelty of "Extraordinary Rendition"
"For sometime now I have thought it possible to believe that America was going insane. In her own way." --Martin Amis, London Fields RENDITION COMES FROM the verb render which means to deliver, hand over, provide. The word describes a process...
The Issue at Hand
ON NOVEMBER 2, 2005, the Washington Post revealed in an article by Dana Priest the existence of "a covert prison system set up by the CIA" in the wake of 9/11. Within this global network of hidden, U.S. government-run facilities, called "black sites,"...
The Victims and the Furies in American Courts
DURING THE POINT in the jury selection process called voir dire, prosecutors and defense attorneys question prospective jurors and, everyone hopes, have their questions answered truthfully. This provides an opportunity for both sides to size up those...
Who Killed Pat Tillman?
THE AMERICAN mass media are like tired old dogs, dutifully fetching official lies on command and dropping them like bones at the feet of an unsuspecting public. We in turn reward them by buying both the products and the myths they sell us. Eventually,...