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The ISHV Cyber Think Tank A digest of articles, interviews, and blogs of consequence for thinking humanists and secularists everywhere        (Compiled by Robert Tapp)
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What is and how did the Religious Freedom  Restoration Act (RFRA) come into being?    RFRA places religious tenets above the rule of law. The use of RFRA by the Congress, the Supreme Court and the White House threatens and is well on its way to destroying U.S. democracy.   The beginning…    The Employment Division, Department of Human Resources of Oregon vs. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990), is a United States Supreme Court case that determined that the state could deny unemployment benefits to a person fired for violating a state prohibition on the use of peyote, on the job, even though the use of the drug was part of a religious ritual. The Court ruled although states have the power to accommodate otherwise illegal acts done in pursuit of religious beliefs, they are not required to do so. (Read More) by Toni Van Pelt
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The Institute for Science and Human Values strongly supports the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs proposed rule that would prohibit federal contractors         from maintaining pay secrecy policies. Under the terms of the proposal, federal contractors and subcontractors may not fire or otherwise discriminate against any employee or applicant for discussing, disclosing or inquiring about their compensation or that of another employee or applicant. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, women in 1973 earned 56.6% of what men earned.    By 2010, the gap had narrowed somewhat.  Women then earned 77.4% of men’s earnings.  Still women in the U.S. have a long way to go for full wage parity.  Economist Evelyn Murphy, President of The Wage Project, estimates that over a working lifetime of 47 years, the current wage gap amounts to a loss in wages for a woman of $700,000 for a high school graduate, $1.2 million for a college graduate, and $2 million for a professional school graduate.  These are staggering figures.
by Marcia Cohen
White Privelege
by Toni Van Pelt
“Dying with Dignity: Lessons from Stoicism & Co."
Preoccupation with death and the process of dying is probably as old as the appearance of self-consciousness in human beings. Once we developed the ability to reflect on who we are and what we do, we realized that “we” were one day going to cease to exist. Arguably, the resulting existential anxiety has been a major force behind the development and success of worldwide religions, with their frequent promise of an afterlife. But there have always been alternative, more secular, ways of dealing with death, developed since the time of the Graeco-Roman philosophers of antiquity. While Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus and Zeno (the founder of Stoicism) were not atheists, their philosophies had, and still have, much to offer in terms of non- religious approaches to dying. In this paper I explore how the major schools of Graeco-Roman philosophy took on the last stage of human life, and how a modern, scientifically informed secular person can profit from an update to that ancient wisdom
by Massimo Pigliucci
On Torture and Its Disturbing Apologists
Once upon a time, not so long ago, most people were civilized enough to consider it a no-brainer that torture is clearly wrong. Today, not so much. In light of media reports about the largely redacted CIA torture report, shockingly large numbers of US citizens have come out in support of the use of torture to supposedly save innocent American lives. While most of the information in the report was already available to the public, there was information made available about According to Law Professor Francis Boyle from the University of Illinois at  Champaign “It’s really rape – rape torture” (The Challenger, Buffalo, December 17, 2014, p. 5.)
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