Magazine article Free Inquiry

Secular Humanists Go to Washington. (the Humanist Activist)

Magazine article Free Inquiry

Secular Humanists Go to Washington. (the Humanist Activist)

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November 2, 2002, saw history's largest gathering of politically active secular humanists in the United States' capital city. An estimated 2,400 secular humanists, freethinkers, atheists, agnostics, and other nonreligious citizens attended the "Godless Americans March on Washington," marching down the National Mall to a more than four-hour rally in front of the Capitol. Organized by American Atheists, the march featured speakers from many "godless" organizations, including the Council for Secular Humanism.

The Council, an early and enthusiastic supporter of the march, was well represented from the podium. Ed Buckner, executive director, gave a talk entitled "No More Lies," which got the audience to chant and cheer Buckner argued that America is not a Christian nation, and should not be. Norm Allen, director of African Americans for Humanism, also spoke. Allen's speech was titled "Black Nontheists: Coming Out." He talked about the trials and tribulations of Black freethinkers, and stated that Black secular humanists have always been heavily involved in Black humanism and intellectualism. Hr said that now is the time for Black nontheists to come out of the closet.

Other recent activities endorsed or sponsored by the Council for Secular Humanism and the Center for Inquiry include:

December 23, 2002: HumanLight Celebration. A celebration of humanist values: tolerance, compassion, empathy, honesty, free inquiry, reason, and rationality and more. The event was launched in New Jersey in 2001 by the New Jersey Humanist Network and is being held in several parts of the country this year. It provides an excellent alternative to Christmas celebrations. For more information, see www.secularhumanism.org'societies.htm or www.humanlight.org.

January 1, 2003: New Year Reality Revival. This event was partially inspired by another held in the '90s in California by the Atheists United group. Further ideas were generated through the Committee for the Scientific Investigation of Claims of the Paranormal's Young Skeptics Program, when science educators wanted to address the continuing need to encourage science literacy, Activities include reviews of "Annual Science Discoveries" and "Reality Revival Exhibitions. …

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