Political Science Quarterly.
[a cautionary tale - with regard to the same divisions in Canada]
The United States has failed to take action to mitigate climate change thanks in part to the large number of religious Americans who believe the world has a set expiration date.
Research by David C. Barker of the University [...]
Support the Darwin Day Resolution: Contact Your Representative Now!
(if you have US Friends, or if you want to consider sponsoring a Darwin Day designation in Canada)
In honor of this year’s Darwin Day, the American Humanist Association proudly worked with Representative Rush Holt (NJ) to introduce a resolution today in the U.S. House of Representatives [...]
Sierra Club to use civil disobedience for first time in 120 year history – The Agonist.
Interesting… (Kevin S forwarded the Sierra Club campaign to OHS as well) as the blog says: This is a big thing. The Sierra Club has a membership estimated at 1.4 million and is one of the oldest environmental groups [...]
God’s Obituary: A Humanist Response to Mass Murder | (A)theologies | Religion Dispatches. [this is a moving essay from Anthony B. Pinn. a Professor of Humanities and Professor of Religious Studies at Rice University. His most recent book is The End of God-Talk: An African American Humanist Theology (Oxford, 2012). The comments are interesting as well, [...]
Humanist NewsWire: Pastor withdraws from Obama inauguration over anti-gay remarks – thestar.com. [quite interesting that they revoked the invitation after the posting online of his antigay sermon- ]
WASHINGTON—The evangelical pastor chosen to give the benediction at President Barack Obama’s inauguration withdrew from the ceremony Thursday after remarks he made two decades ago condemning the [...]
UN to Investigate US Drone Program .
The United Nations special rapporteur for counterterrorism will lead an inquiry into civilian deaths from US drone strikes around the world, to determine whether the strikes violate international human rights and humanitarian laws. The announcement was made by Ben Emmerson QC, a UN special rapporteur, in a speech [...]
TransCanada Urges Texas Police to use “Aggressive Pain Compliance Tactics” on Keystone XL Blockaders « The Agonist.
Two members of the Keystone XL blockade who were physically blocking construction of the TransCanada pipeline were tortured yesterday at the request of TransCanada, according to Tarsands Blockade spokesperson Ramsey Sprague.
I spoke with Sprague today about the [...]
Big Ag Directly Funded Anti-Organics Stanford Study: Report | Common Dreams.
A study released last week by Stanford scientists, which claims organic foods are no more healthy than non-organic foods, was funded by corporate agriculture and biotechnology giants, according to a new report by the Cornucopia Institute.
Organic produce (Photo: Flickr/ penelope [...]
Take Action Now – Amnesty International USA.
Forwarded by Michael. Note, people from any country can sign this letter.
Right now world leaders are meeting in New York to negotiate the first ever Treaty that will prevent weapons from ending up in the hands of tyrants and child soldiers. But if the $60 billion arms [...]
Christian Fundamentalists Teach US Children Loch Ness Monster Is Real To Disprove Evolution.
(I know, it’s Louisiana, but had to pass this on to Ontarians with Scottish heritage — mb)
A state in America is paying for children to attend fundamentalist schools where the existence of the Loch Ness monster is taught as fact in [...]
9 Great Freethinkers and Religious Dissenters in History | Belief | AlterNet.
Here are some non-believers who left a profound mark. (note: this is a US-centric article… not a universal one)
Photo Credit: Krylova Ksenia / Shutterstock.co
What kind of world would we have if a majority of the human race was atheist?
For Humanists, the Secular Movement is Only Half the Battle (Editorial from Psychology Today by David Niose, Pres. of AHA)
“As last weekend’s Reason Rally on the National Mall showed, the secular movement in America is reaching a critical mass. When 20,000 enthusiasts show up on a rainy day to celebrate secularity, joining together to [...]
“Monkey bill” passes Tennessee Senate | NCSE.
The bill …would encourage teachers to present the “scientific strengths and scientific weaknesses” of “controversial” topics such as “biological evolution, the chemical origins of life, global warming, and human cloning.”Among those expressing opposition to the bill are the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Civil [...]
NASA faces trial over alleged discrimination against intelligent design proponent.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory is preparing to defend itsef against a lawsuit by a former employee who claims he was demoted and then fired for promoting his views on intelligent design.
NASA’s explanation is that computer specialist David Coppedge lost his status as “team lead” [...]
Harold Camping Sorry World Failed to End | WebProNews.
Harold Camping, 90, the California radio preacher and numerologist who twice-predicted the end of the world last year, has acknowledged that his prophecies were wrong and has apologized. In a letter written on his Family Radio website, Camping called his last blunder a “sinful statement,” and [...]
Voices for climate change education | NCSE.
[NCSE, first in the fight against creationism, is now moving into Climate Change science - and beginning by collecting statements from educational and scientific bodies - good news] NCSE is pleased to announce the debut of a new resource in the climate change section of its website: “Voices [...]
Charles and David Koch.
Billionaire conservative activists Charles and David Koch are pulling out all the stops to try and deny a link between Koch Industries and the politically controversial Keystone XL Pipeline and Canadian tar sands.
Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) invited the Kochs to testify before Congress about their leverage in the project and [...]
Why Are Young People Leaving Evangelical Christianity?.
A new five-year study on the Millennial Generation (those born between 1982 and 1993) has just been released by the Barna Group, a Christian research firm. It shows that young Christians – particularly those interested in scientific and creative fields – are leaving their churches. This is particularly [...]
Keystone pipeline proposal rejected by U.S. government – thestar.com.
OTTAWA — The White House has rejected plans for the controversial Keystone XL pipeline to move Alberta oil sands crude to American refineries.
U.S. President Barack Obama denied TransCanada Corp.’s application to build the pipeline, citing a “rushed and arbitrary deadline” imposed by Congress to review [...]
Write for Rights: Your help is needed to close Guantanamo.
Amnesty Canada is still looking for Canadians to sign the petition to close Gitmo, in advance of Obama’s state of the Union address.
Your voice is urgently needed to end human rights abuses at the notorious detention centre at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Like you, we [...]