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The Irish Humanist Association is at it again.
Humanist body to place adverts calling for end to discrimination
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I appreciate that this isn't strictly a humanist focused article, but I had always given buddism a free pass because it felt more like a humanist philosophy to be and is compatible with atheism.

I guess I was wrong.
Three men who tried to promote their bar on Facebook by uploading a fun picture of a Buddha wearing headphones get to spend the next two-and-a-half years locked in a Burmese prison, all thanks to their marketing plan.
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Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking says that aggression may have been beneficial during the caveman days of our evolution but now threatens to bring about our destruction.
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This is so much more of a constructive message then we are currently getting from any religion. They all are calling for war with each other. We even have militant buddhists. The choice of path to take towards truth and peace couldn't be clearer and it involves no myth or creator. 
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Widow of Avijit Roy, prominent humanist and atheist, voices her fury at the murder of her husband.
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Nice article. Humanism isnt against religion, it's about celebrating being human.
One Christian activist group says they do. So I decided to chat up these godless heathens.
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I hate the hate religion spreads. The beliefs alone are powerless, when people act on those hateful and/or bigoted beliefs, that's when the problem arises.
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'The food discarded by consumers and retailers in just the most developed nations would be more than enough to sustain all the world’s 870 million hungry people if effective distribution methods were available.'
The estimated one-third of food left uneaten is a serious threat to the global environment and economy.
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It's not a disgrace +Philip Mc Adam The infrastructure to properly distribute food waste simply doesn't exist!
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Mark Webster

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A NC prisoner is suing the state prison system because it doesn’t allow atheists and humanists to gather in study sessions, as religious inmates are permitted to do.
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Most people think of LGBT culture as having emerged since the 1960s. But, there was a period in Gay Men's history, during which they established a thriving nightlife and communal spaces in New York between 1890 and 1940. This environment provided an oasis amidst a hostile US society. Memory of this time and these places had been lost due to the following period of suppression in the 1940s and 1950s. George Chauncey has revived this history in his detailed, well-documented study of Gay New York. The book is not ideal: it does exclude lesbian involvement in this world; a choice of which I review critically. But as a part of history, it is important in that it shows a thriving Gay culture far before Stonewall. I hope you find the review both enjoyable and edifying.

#humanism   #LGBT   #history   #gay  
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Akiko A.

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"Anyone who considers it religiously and politically transgressive to compare the behavior of medieval Christian soldiers to modern Islamic terrorism might find it enlightening to read this bloody story, as told in both Hebrew and Christian chronicles."
A bloody story of medieval violence against Jews in the name of the Christian god.
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"And you would even need to have a rational basis for why it would need to be only between a man and a woman, and all you can say is, ‘Because God said so. It’s always been that way.’ That’s not enough.”
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It looks like some people's idea of utopia here. At least it looks like some people are working very hard to turn the U.S. into something like the Republic of Gilead.
Twenty-five years after its release, the movie adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel has been largely disremembered. Is the book still too radical for film?
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I loved that book. Very interesting
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Akiko A.

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Fraidy Reiss, who was coerced in her teens to marry a man she barely knew, runs the nonprofit group that helps women get out of arranged marriages and refocus their lives.
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The pencils represent art and education, and the terrorists represent the Islamic ideology of IS/ISIS/ISIL being against the art of drawing.  If this cartoon were intended primarily as "education fighting back in the Islamic-fascist war against education," then perhaps that could be implicitly drawn from how students typically start their school year with a review of their school supplies in which pencils tend to figure prominently.

How do you interpret this image?  (There's no "wrong answer" because art is interpreted freely and independently by each individual.)

(Thank you to +Robert Niles for re-sharing this image originally.)
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the fundemental christians need to be penciled also
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This article originally appeared in Vulture. For most viewers who stream the new Netflix show Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, the story line will be an unfamiliar peek into what it’s like to emerge into the world after living in an underground doomsday cult. But for me, having grown up in an apocalyptic cult, which cut me off...
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Women’s shelters are one of the most provocative legacies of the Western presence in Afghanistan.
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Just that whole phrase "Honor Killings" religion should be banned. What a totally horrible term and phrase
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History helps to provide insight regarding police violence in Ferguson, Pasco and elsewhere in the US. Stefan Aust's depictions of police violence in West Germany during the 1960s, and our examples from the USA currently, exhibit regrettable parallels: police killing a target population, police acquitted or never tried for those crimes, individuals frustrated by a lack of democratic process becoming more extreme. I hope this article provides some useful information.

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I went to an Irish humanist ceremony last year. It was very nice. Apparently, this is part of a larger trend in Ireland.
Headline Rise in number of Irish humanist ceremonies
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And yet Jill worries: While ordinary kids grow up identifying themselves as Catholic, Jewish or Baptist, her children will grow up as cultural “nothings.”
Do secular humanists belong to a community with shared values and traditions, or are they condemned to a life as cultural “nothings”? Secular humanism is now the fastest-growing “religious” group in the United States. Phil Zuckerman checks in with fellow nonbelievers to see how they are faring
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It doesn't make sense that if your kids grow up being told that you are humanists that they would assume that they're "nothings."
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