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This Week in Humanism 2018–09–30


Author(s): Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Publication (Outlet/Website): Medium (Humanist Voices)

Publication Date (yyyy/mm/dd): 2018/09/30

“In response to Douglas Benn’s letter to the editor, “State buries, not promotes religion” (Sept. 11, 2018), where he blames the N.E.A. and secular humanism for the immorality of our country and that we need to return to Christianity.

Well! Contrary to Mr. Benn’s lament, Christian-run governments had their day and opportunity to prove themselves in Europe, where they ruled for a thousand years before the Renaissance, and they failed miserably at “righting” the world. At that time, the Christian Church’s word was law and men were burned at the stake for doubting it.

We do not need to go back to religious laws that harm the rest of us by a sectarian-bias government. Secular humanists live by extending ourselves, not to the heavens, but to the horizon. It connects us to human beings in the generations to come. What kind of societies are the current inhabitants of the planet going to bequeath to those who follow? Lest we stick them with a world governed by the angry nationalism and dark authoritarianism that is being pushed now, we must win the fight for global cooperation. (Forget what religion countries have; we all want the same things with democratic values-human values.)”


“Ryan Bell is in a room full of atheists, agnostics and religiously undecided — dozens gathered inside a room at USC’s University Religious Center for a Sunday dinner hosted by the Secular Student Fellowship.f

As USC’s humanist chaplain, he plans to introduce himself to the group, many of whom are freshmen and likely don’t even know what a humanist chaplain is.

Bell, a former Seventh-day Adventist pastor turned atheist, is here to help secular students on their spiritual journeys.”


“One of the most important subjects I explore for a wedding ceremony is religion. I want to know something about the couple’s faith traditions, if any. What is their thinking or practice at this time in their lives? What are the family traditions (if any) and how important is it to honor those, even if the couple themselves are not strongly tied to these beliefs?

It is not unusual in our modern world to find that young people are not as deeply religious as preceding generations. The Pew Research Center reports that young adults are more likely to be religiously unaffiliated, especially in North America. Unaffiliated doesn’t necessarily mean non-believer, but clearly there is a shift.

Why there is a decline in religiosity is debatable, but one reason may be that with more education comes more questioning. The more data-driven and analytical we become the more likely we are to apply that to religion. Think about it — around 100 years ago, more than a quarter of children in America did not even attend school. Today 37% of Americans between the ages of 25 to 34 have at least a bachelor’s degree.”


“ There is a valuable intersection that is often overlooked when people discuss humanism. And that intersection is the mixture of the principals of humanism and the goals of those who do conflict work. In today’s post, some time is gonna be taken to discuss what conflict work and humanism have in common. As someone who is studying how to respond too, manage and wherever possible transform violent and otherwise negative conflicts and as someone who is a humanist and writes about humanism occasionally, I’d figured if anyone in our community was going to talk about this topic it ought to be me. At the end of this post, I’ll also talk about an eventual goal of mine that might interest people.”


“Secular humanism is individualism free from controls of religious beliefs, traditional morals, even government. This thought is pervasive wisdom among today’s liberals and progressives. Forget persons Kavanaugh and Ford for now; consider the confirmation chaos caused by the left — its government, media and academia lapdogs.

Consider the new normal thought process that any man must be presumed guilty if any woman alleges sexual misconduct by him.

Supporting quotes from senators Hirono and Murray are easily found. “Liberal Currents” espouses “The importance of believing the victims of sexual misconduct prior to, and even in lieu of, hard evidence in support of their allegations has become something close to a consensus view.”



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