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Humanists Against the Confederate Flag

August 26, 2015 Ned Borninski

On June 17, 2015, white nationalist Dylann Roof entered the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church and shot nine members of that church’s black congregation. Upon being arrested, Roof was discovered to have made numerous online postings about his racial views, including photographs of him draped in the flag of the Confederate States of America. As such, the past few months have seen the reigniting of a debate which has been going on since our Civil War: is it right for southern states to continue waving their flag of secession and slavery?

BarsStars

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2015 Leadership Conference Reflection: Nicole Niebler

August 18, 2015 Nicole Niebler

What did I enjoy at the 2015 CFI Leadership Conference? So much! Seriously, I can’t quantify how much leadership training and information was packed into that weekend, and I think my lack of sleep over the weekend can attest to that. I don’t have the space, and you probably don’t have the time to read all of the things I’ve learned, so I’ll just share some of my favorite parts of the conference.

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Thomas Jefferson and the Origins of US Secular Humanism

July 7, 2015 Ned Borninski

With the recent passing of the 239th Anniversary of the United States’ Declaration of Independence from Great Britain, it is important for Secular Humanists to look back at history and learn from our forefathers, especially those whose thoughts helped develop what we call Humanism today. Of course, in the United States, one such figure would without a doubt be Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Declaration of Independence.

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How to Keep Your Secular Group Alive through the Summer

July 2, 2015 Kristen Murdaugh

At the end of every school year the dreaded student group sustainability conversation comes into play. The group outlines their priorities for the summer, creates a conference schedule, sets goals for the coming year. And by the time summer ends, everything has come to fruition, just as planned.

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In Defense of New Atheism

June 30, 2015 Ned Borninski

On the morning of December 2nd, 2014, I woke up to find many of my activist friends sharing a recent article from Jacobin Magazine on social media. The piece, written by one Luke Savage, was titled New Atheism, Old Empire and featured the provocative subtext “The ‘New Atheists’ have gained traction because they give intellectual cover to Western imperialism.” As an atheist and leftist activist who is very strongly opposed to imperialism, not to mention one who has become increasingly disappointed in some of the public statements of New Atheist spokesmen such as Richard Dawkins and Sam Harris, I decided to give the article a chance.

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