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What Humanists Need to Know No. 3 - April 21, 2012 Week in Review
Happy day before Earth Day!
In the News
- Abortion: A proposed 'personhood' law in Oklahoma that would grant embryos full rights as people from the moment of conception failed in the state's Legislature.
- Climate Change: STUDY: Climate Coverage Plummets On Broadcast Networks (mediamatters.org). NASA Image Gallery Highlights Earth's Changing Face (redorbit.com). Also, new studies suggest more Americans are starting to accept climate change as fact.
- Women's Rights/LGBT Rights: Legendary Texas activist Bettie Naylor died Wednesday night at age 84.
- Altruism: Twelve more billionaires have added their names to the Giving Pledge, the campaign started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010 to spur philanthropy among the superrich.
- Evolution: How state anti-evolution laws evolved (washingtonpost.com) Also, a well-worth-your-time article over at npr.org: War Of The Worlds: When Science, Politics Collide.
- Atheism: Todd Stiefel, head of the Stiefel Freethought Foundation and supporter of efforts such as the Reason Rally and Rock Beyond Belief, was interviewed (surprisingly fairly) by Conservative site The Blaze. (Can't say much for the commenters, though.) Also, a new poll shows, unsurprisingly, that more people believe in God as they get closer to death. And American Humanist Association president David Niose writes in Psychology Today about why more nonbelievers are openly identifying.
- Education: Fixing Education: The Problems Are Clear, but the Solutions Aren't Simple (theatlantic.com)
- Women's Rights: Equal Pay Day was Wednesday, marking how far extra into 2012 women had to work to make the same as their male colleagues did in 2011.
A Smattering of Notable Posts from Around the Blogosphere
- Being Human asks: "Was the Catholic Church really needed to preserve the legacy of ancient Greece and Rome?"
- Hemant Mehta points out a new study that says 25 percent of Millennials don’t subscribe to a religious faith.
- Rock Beyond Belief Featured on PBS’ Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly (Friendly Atheist). While you're there, also check out "Should Humanists Support Pornography?" And one more: Anthony Pinn Talks About ‘How Black Bodies Challenge Humanist Ethics’.
- The Atheist Ethicist profers: "Secularism is not about belief in God".
- Reason Rally: The Speech That Didn’t Happen (Blue Collar Atheist)
- PZ Myers: Now you know what I did last week: a quick review of the Global Atheist Convention 2012.
- American Humanist Association signs Interfaith Alliance letter to Congress on religious liberty.
New at The Humanist Resource Connection
- It was about all I could do to keep up with the news, blogs and other posts this week! Site tweeks continued and the HRC twitter feed quickly broke 100 followers (thanks all).
- Tribute to Christopher Hitchens - 2012 Global Atheist Convention
- Anti-evolution and anti-climate science bills laid bare
- Dan Dennett: A secular, scientific rebuttal to Rick Warren (TedTalk)
- American Humanist Association 71st Conference Invitation
- Knoxville Freethought Forum 4/10/12
- How Black Bodies Challenge Humanist Ethics
- Prudes and Libertines
- Good Without God: Ethics for Freethinkers
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