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July 8, 2017

ARTICLES

Sonja L. Cohen, Assembly adopts economic inequality Statement of Conscience read


Matthew Bulger, Master of None Masters Non-Confrontational Religious Disaffiliation “Comedian Aziz Ansari’s semi-autobiographical Netflix series” read


James Croft, The Pride of a Humanist read


Elaine McArdle, Board of Trustees appoints Commission on Institutional Change read


James Croft, Humanism Has Limits. Obviously. Is anti-dacism a dogma? read


Kris Willcox, Looking back: Roger Nash Baldwin, Unitarian co-founder of ACLU read


Glastonbury of Freethinkers”: conference on freedom of conscience and expression read


The Rosalind Franklin Lecture 2016, with Dame Anne Glover | Why evidence really matters (1h 20m) watch 

 

Landscapes of Mind A Conversation with Kevin Kelly (with Sam Harris) watch


The Darwin Day Lecture 2017, with Lawrence Krauss | Cosmic Natural Selection (1h 12m) watch

 

Gleb Tsipursky, Toward a Post-Lies Future read


The 2017-2018 Humanist Service Corps team is in place read


Landscapes of Mind A Conversation with Kevin Kelly (with Sam Harris) watch


Fred Edwords, Why Religious Education Is Needed in Public Schools read


James Croft, If You’re Not for Racial Justice, You’re Not a Humanist read


Gleb Tsipursky, Being A Weird American on Independence Day read


The Politics of Emergency A Conversation with Fareed Zakaria (Sam Harris) watch


Elias Leight, Yoko Ono Will Receive Songwriting Credit on John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ read


John Scales Avery, Henry David Thoreau, We Need Your Voice Today! read


Leaving Islam A Conversation with Sarah Haider (Sam Harris) watch


What is Technology Doing to Us? (Tristan Harris with Sam Harris) watch


Beauty and Terror A Conversation with Lawrence Krauss (Sam Harris) watch


Mikki Morrissette , Being known versus knowing read


Maria Popova, Erich Fromm’s 6 Rules of Listening: The Great Humanistic Philosopher and Psychologist on the Art of Unselfish Understanding read


Valerie Tarico, Does Christianity Make An Idol Out of the Human Mind? read


Barna, Meet the “Spiritual but Not Religious” read

 


June 8. 2017

ARTICLES

Richard Dawkins, Cause & Effect CFI page read


Sam Harris: The Road to Tyranny A Conversation with Timothy Snyder watch


richard lloyd jones, Largest UU church votes to move downtown (Tulsa) read


aeu.org, Ethical Humanism read


Network for Church Monitoring, Church and State read


Paul Cliteur, Is There Another Way to Discover the Truth than by Free Discussion? read


John B. Hooper, Humanist EDge: Educating Strong Humanist Leaders read


Anthony B. Pinnm Humanism and the Challenge of Privilege read


Clay Farris Naff, The Humanevangelist: To End War, We Must First Understand I read


Donald A. Collins, Organized Religions Are Organized To Control Their Laities’ Lives read


Antonia Blumberg, New Study Suggests U.S. Has A Lot Of ‘Closet’ Atheists read


Valerie Tarico and David Fitzgerald, Evidence for Jesus is weaker than you might think read


Marlin Lavanhar, Love Where We Are (Meadville/Lombard Commencement address (also audio link) read


John Scales Avery, We Need Their Voices Today: Thomas Paine read


PZ Myers, Ken Ham, black person who is a pale shade of beige read


The Unraveling A Conversation with David Frum.Sam Harris watch


Valerie Tarico, What if Jesus Never Existed? An Interview with History Writer David Fitzgerald read


Ricky Gervais and Stephen Colbert discuss whether god exists (5m) watch


Valerie Tarico & David Fitzgerald, Evidence for Jesus is Weaker than You Might Think read


David Breeden, Getting It Right Like the BCE read


Andrew Hall, Scientists Prove Atheists Don’t Exist {unusual journal!) read


2017 Secular Values Summit read


Michael Shermer, If There is No God, is Murder Wrong? (8m) watch


Trav Mamone, Global Restrictions on Religion Rise Modestly in 2015, Reversing Downward Trend read


Valerie Tarico, Would You Like to Have a Kid in the Next Year? read


Dan Colman, Richard Dawkins on Why We Should Believe in Science: “It Works … Bitches” read


Nathan, Reza Aslan filmed the lost “Flying Spaghetti Monster” episode in Bolingbrook (Fiction) read


CFI’s 2016 Progress Report read


David Breeden, Meaning, Purpose, and Individualism: Thinking Our Way Out of Self-Reliance read


Brief encounter: Steven Pinker read


Adam Parker, Herb Silverman reflects on his life, beliefs as a public atheist read


Michael Werner, Let’s Celebrate! read


Marcus Ranum, Book Review: History of Skepticism (Popkin) read


Ask Me Anything 7, Sam Harris deals with questions about his podcast with Charles Murray watch


Let There Be Cake: An Interview with Maggie Ardiente read


Valerie Tarico, Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 1 read , Part 2 read , Part 3 read, Part 4 read


Humanists murdered in three countries read


David Breeden, Getting It Right Like the BCE read


Karla Gachet, Massimo Pigliucci on Seneca’s Stoic philosophy of happiness – Massimo Pigliucci read


Joan Reisman-Brill, The Humanist Dilemma: Who Knew Sexuality Was So Complicated? read


2016 Secular Social Justice Conference features largest gathering of atheist of color activists read


Maggie Ardiente, No, President Trump, We’re Not “A Nation of Believers” read


Tom Gilson, Christianity, Women, and How Atheists Avoid the Facts That Matter read

 


May 30, 2017

ARTICLES

Emily Newman, Humanist Edge: Moving from Hate to Humanism: Why Humanist Education is Needed Now readThe Freedom of Thought Report — on discrimination against Humanists, Atheists, and the Nonreligious read

 

Christopher Cameron, Black atheists matter: how women freethinkers take on religion read

 

Alex Johnson, With Obama’s Signature, U.S. Religious Freedom Law Protects Atheists read

Nathanfreethoughtblogs.com, Azadi for only few ? read


Explicit Bi Any Means Podcast #84: Rational Politics with Gleb Tsipursky listen


The Humanist Hour #226: Galen Broaddus and Nick Little on the Illinois Secular Celebrant Victory listen


David Breeden, “Great Men” and the Tide of History read


Tom Flynn, For Seculars, Challenges Ahead read


samharris.org, Superintelligence: Science or Fiction? (1h) watch


James Croft, I Used to Think Like Dave Rubin. Then I Woke Up. read


Gleb Tsipursky, Collaborative Truth-Seeking read


Gleb Tsipursky, Preserving Our Democracy on Valentine’s Day read


secularism.org.uk, 43% of universities restrict speech that might “offend” religious people read


secularism.org.uk Pupils should have the same entitlement to religion and belief education – NSS tells RE Commission read


Hemant Mehta NH Republican State Rep. Brandon Phinney Refers to Religion as “Archaic Beliefs That Deny Reality” read


David Breeden, A Toolkit for Resisting Totalitarianism read


Nathan Schneider, How much does it matter whether God exists? “I believe in God, but I often find more common cause with those who say they don’t than those who say they do. I’ve come to care less whether anyone says they believe in God or not, and to care more about what they mean by that, and what they do about it.” read


Brief encounter: Steven Pinker read


Post-Truth Trump And Why Humanism Is The Answer To Anti-Facts read


Joseph Chuman, A Defense of Dignity read


Neil Carter, Parenting Children Who Still Believe read


Adam Parker, Herb Silverman reflects on his life, beliefs as a public atheist read


Daniel Cox, Way More Americans May Be Atheists Than We Thought read


David Breeden, I’m an Atheist! Now What? read


Michael Werner, Let’s Celebrate! read


Let There Be Cake: An Interview with Maggie Ardiente read


Sincere Kirabo, Dear White Progressives… read


Ask Me Anything 7, Sam Harris deals with questions about his podcast with Charles Murray watch


Ed Buckner, It’s a Free Country, Not a Christian Nation read


Joan Reisman-Brill, The Humanist Dilemma: Should Religion Be Banned? read


Valerie Tarico, Can Bacteria Help Us Understand Religion? Part 1 read , Part 2 read , Part 3 read, Part 4 read


David Breeden, Getting It Right Like the BCE read


Valerie Tarico, What Christianity and Kink Have in Common read


2016 Secular Social Justice Conference features largest gathering of atheist of color activists read


Bart Campolo on Why I Left, Why I Stayed (link to audio) read


Maggie Ardiente, No, President Trump, We’re Not “A Nation of Believers” read

 


May 11, 2017

ARTICLES

David Breeden, Assumptions are Imaginary But They’re not Social read

David Breeden sees current UUA turmoil in the flawed documents of the US tradition. Following Jean-Luc Nancy, “If you don’t have freedom and rights, I don’t have freedom and rights—all I have is domination. And domination isn’t freedom or rights. Being exists because of being-with—I exist because you exist as a free agent in community exactly as I do, and visa-versa. That’s community. That’s freedom….It’s an American problem. Perhaps the US simply can’t reach consensus on this sort of social imaginary. Might one tiny little religion? Hmmmmm.” read

David Breeden. Savoring The Milquetoast: Why This Humanist Remains a Unitarian Universalist “think the answer is an essential insight of Humanism: to universalize is to tyrannize. Universalizing Humanism, even if we think it is the only and the one true way, creates tyranny. Perhaps we think that this particular tyranny is the truth, yet the insight deconstructs itself when examined closely. Perhaps there are universal human truths; but who decides or declares that universality? Partial truth and relativized understanding appear to be the eternal human condition. This reminder may be the greatest gift of Unitarian Universalism to Humanists. UUism, with its insistence on creed-less gathering, is always going to seem a bit old fashioned and quaint to Humanist ears. Yet when we look at the religious spectrum and compare the state of UUism to the other end of the religious spectrum . . . well, milquetoast tastes very wholesome, doesn’t it? How’s that for a reminder?” read

Adam Parker, Herb Silverman reflects on his life, beliefs as a public atheist read

Michael Stone, Neil deGrasse Tyson Finds No Evidence For God’s Existence read

David Breeden, Savoring The Milquetoast: Why This Humanist Remains a Unitarian Universalist read

D. Ashley Campbell, Science Mike Building a “Christian Science” Liturgy for the Nones read

rjosephhoffmann, Are new Prezident read

Anthony B. Pinn, Humanism and the Challenge of Privilege read

Jesse Singal, Here’s a New Way for Researchers to Find Stealth Atheists read

Terry Mortenson, The Religion of Naturalism read

Steve Pinkerton, Blasphemy isn’t just a problem in the Muslim world read