Magazine article The Humanist

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Magazine article The Humanist

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"Any tendency to treat religion as a private matter must be resisted. Only when their faith permeates every aspect of their lives do Christians become truly open to the transforming power of the Gospel."

--Pope Benedict XVI addressing U.S. Catholic bishops on April 17, 2008

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"What religious language can often do is allow us to get outside of ourselves and mobilize around a common good. On the other hand, what those of us of religious faith have to do when we're in the public square is to translate our language into a universal language that can appeal to everybody. And both Lincoln and King did this and every great leader did it, because we are not just a Christian nation. We are a Jewish nation; we are a Buddhist nation; we are a Muslim nation; Hindu nation; and we are a nation of atheists and nonbelievers."

--Senator Barack Obama (D-IL), CNN Compassion Forum April 18, 2008

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"When politicians talk about other people's religion it's really boring to me. I'd rather hear how they're going to get us out of Iraq or balance the budget."

--Gregg Graffin, frontman of seminal punk band Bad Religion and UCLA lecturer, accepting the Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy's 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award, April 26, 2008

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"There are such things as facts. There is such a thing as reality. And refusing to see those facts and report that reality--undiluted by an 'on the other hand' mixer--isn't a sign of objectivity, it's a sign of intellectual laziness and journalistic muddled thinking. …

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