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Today is the 45th anniversary of the first Earth Day. It’s a time to draw attention to climate change and other environmental threats to the planet. That is a good thing to do but the planet doesn’t need all the help, we do. Instead of using economic arguments to explain the harm of climate change, we need to lead with the very real human costs of climate change.

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I read an essay last night from James Croft about his thoughts after attending the recent American Humanist Association (AHA) convention. Titled ‘Beyond Secularism’, Croft complains that the AHA focuses too much on secularism and not enough on the issues he feels are more important. While I agree that we should be addressing more than ‘just’ secularism. I disagree with Croft’s assessment of the problem – if there is one.

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Science isn't a free speech zone - Your conclusions need to be backed up with data
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On Tuesday December 10th, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) released a report titled ‘The IHEU Freedom of Thought Report 2013′ which focused specifically on the rights, legal status, and discrimination against Humanists, atheists and the non-religious in every country in the world. While the worse result of being a freethinker could be death, there was some kind of discrimination in most countries including the United States.
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Noam Chomsky's recent Dewey Lecture contained some obvious Humanist principles we should all support. The title caught my eye 'What Is the Common Good?'. I was interested in Chomsky's idea that a reasonable definition of the common good was a democratic social order based on workers' control, respecting the dignity of the producer as a genuine person, and not a tool in the hands of others. In this way humans would be fulfilling our just aspirations. It isn't currently what we have in the United States.

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Some theists want religious freedom for themselves but not for others
 
"The other day I posted an update to the Jackson, Ohio school district Jesus painting court case. Someone on twitter sent me a strong reaction tweet about it and the ensuing conversation shows that some theists don’t want religious freedom for others – just themselves."

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One of the constant gnats of contention in the Humanist movement is the a struggle between people who want to have a complete, clean break from religion and those who complain about humanists mocking or ridiculing religion. In a recent blog post, PZ Myers makes some excellent points why secular humanism is not just a replacement for religion.

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John Freshwater, the Mount Vernon teacher who was fired for proselytizing to his students files appeal to US Supreme Court

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John Freshwater, the Mount Vernon teacher who was fired for proselytizing to his students files appeal to US Supreme Court

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Former political prisoner and President of South of Africa Nelson Mandela passed away on Thursday December 5th. He was imprisoned for 27 years for battling against apartheid in South Africa. He was elected the first black President of the country after apartheid was ended.
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So true...think about when you've turned the tables just by listening and being understanding. All the sudden their fists go down and they feel heard. Humans want to be heard, so listen. I think so many are so lost because they feel so lost and alone, they find solace in community and they find that in organized religion, political parties, and the PTA lol figure out what group of people you really want to be connected and associated with, what are their views, and are they really concerned with the human race at large, or is it some personal agenda that really they're just running with and can't see they're in way over their head...these people need HELP!! Nelson is always smiling...keep 'em guessing brother!!
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Steven Newton over at the National Center for Science Education’s (NCSE) ‘Science League of America’ blog is doing a series of posts that refute some of the common arguments creationists use about the Grand Canyon to prove their silly ideas. In the post answering the claim that the rocks in the Grand Canyon were put there by Noah’s Flood, Newton takes down the claim in a convincing manner. He shows the large stretch creationists have to make to push their idea that the rocks were left by the ‘great’ flood.
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One of my pet peeves about the Humanist movement is that some support the use of religious words or activities in Humanist settings. Using such words in the context of a nontheistic philosophy like Humanism not only causes public confusion but also dilutes our message and shows a lack of conviction of our own principles, not to mention it is a bit silly. We should define ourselves and not let the religious do it.

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One tool humanists should have in their tool box of life is Skepticism. It's the notion that we don't accept something without testable evidence to back it up. It can lead us to the truth of something or to establish the facts of something. One doesn't use skepticism just to be contrary. Skepticism can take practice to perfect but once you learn how, it will make your humanism stronger.
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iHumanism attempts to create a group that represents all Humanists without regard to national borders. We do have different ideas and perspectives but we are united in the core Humanist philosophy and we should work to spread it around as far as possible. Fan page for the iHumanism Blog