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Oct
05
1999

Forward to Methusaleh


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 19 issue 4
By Timothy J. Madigan
MEDICAL ETHICS Forward to Methusaleh Timothy J. Madigan   The goddess Dawn married a mortal named Tithonus, whom Zeus made immortal for her sake; but she forgot to ask that he might always stay young. Tithonus grew older and older, greyer and greyer, uglier and uglier, smaller and smaller, until...

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1999

Reason, Sex, and Science


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By Wendy Kaminer
Conventional wisdom says very strongly that religious belief is essential to virtue, and I think that’s a statement that needs to be constantly challenged.

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1999

Meanwhile on the Planet Vatican


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 19 issue 4
By Tom Flynn
Meanwhile, on the Planet Vatican Humanist science fiction from Tom Flynn It has been almost two centuries since the vast, sophisticated Galactic Confetory stumbled onto Terra (also known as Earth). The little blue world was almost too backward to join the Galactic community. Yet Galactics found Terran religions quaintly appealing....

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1999

Can You Go to Heaven?


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By Theodore Schick
Many Christians believe that, when they die, their souls will go to heaven. Many humanists, on the other hand, find this belief incredible.

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HUMANIST MANIFESTO 2000: A Call For A New Planetary Humanism


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EDITORIAL A Call for a New Planetary Humanism The following document was drafted by Free Inquiry Editor-in-Chief Paul Kurtz, drafter of Humanist Manifesto II (1973), A Secular Humanist Declaration (1980), and A Declaration of Interdependence: A New Global Ethics (1988). Humanism is an ethical, scientific, and philosophical outlook that has...

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1999

Protect My Children from the Ten Commandments


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By Lewis Vaughn
My children are not in daycare, and I don't want them using a daycare version of ethics.

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1999

The Making of a Hero


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By Vern L. Bullough
OP-ED The Making of a Hero Vern L. Bullough As a historian, one of my pastimes is watching the making and unmaking of contemporary heroes and heroines. History might well be the final judge of an individual’s place in history, but what his or her contemporaries thought is also important....

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Oct
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1999

My Exodus to Secular Humanism


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By Adolf Grünbaum
OP-ED My Exodus to Secular Humanism Adolf Grünbaum A native of Cologne, Germany, I was ten years of age when the Nazis came to power in 1933. Shortly afterward, I wondered how a purportedly omnibenevolent and omnipotent God could permit so much evil to exist in the world, throughout history...

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1999

AIDS in the Developing World: Where Is Your Anger?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 19 issue 4
By Richard Stern
OP-ED AIDS in the Developing World: Where Is Your Anger? Richard Stern While thousands die of AIDS in the developing world, their brothers and sisters in Europe and North America are taking medication and getting back to the business of focusing on life instead of death. The medications do work....

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1999

Preventing School Violence: Is Religion the Answer?


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 19 issue 4
By Gary L. Bennett
OP-ED Preventing School Violence: Is Religion the Answer? Gary L. Bennett The killings at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, last spring have produced another round of religious breast-beating. Gary Bauer, religious Right presidential candidate, has argued that if the Bible and prayer were returned to the schools, the violence...

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