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The Promise of Manifesto 2000


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 20 issue 1
By Paul Kurtz
EDITORIAL The Promise of Manifesto 2000 Paul Kurtz Humanist Manifesto 2000: A Call for a New Planetary Humanism, published in Free Inquiry (Fall 1999), is unique in that it advocates a new global ethic based on scientific naturalism, not on ancient religious pieties. Humanist Manifesto 2000 emphasizes that we are...

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Weirding Out on Creationism


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By Katha Pollitt
OP-ED Weirding Out on Creationism Katha Pollitt My first thought upon hearing that the Kansas state education board had removed evolution from its mandatory curriculum was: Go ahead! Be like that! Handicap your kids for life. Let the “secular humanists” have all the good colleges and get all the good...

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A Wiser View of Abortion


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By Diana Brown
OP-ED A Wiser View of Abortion Diana Brown Every year some 45 million pregnancies, out of a total of 175 million, end in abortion. Nearly half of those abortions (20 million) are medically unsafe, resulting in the deaths of nearly 80,000 women a year and a much larger number suffering...

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The Daybreak of Secular Humanism in Africa


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By Alfred T. Kisubi
OP-ED The Daybreak of Secular Humanism in Africa Alfred T. Kisubi   Outraged and horrified by the indescribable savagery being sanctioned, unleashed and inflicted in the name of religion, Africa as it stands on the verge of a new century is on the edge of a new era—The era of...

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Living by the Bells


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By Sally Cole Mooney
OP-ED Living by the Bells Sally Cole Mooney I live by the bells of St. Dominic’s, the towering Catholic church that lies up a block and over two—a chess-piece move—from my small, raised house in the old New Orleans neighborhood known as Lakeview. The church ladies cluster in the coffee...

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Letters, Vol. 20, No. 1


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LETTERS   Pessimism about the Human Prospect Humanist Manifesto 2000 (FI, Fall 1999, p. 17) states, “As members of the human community on this planet we need to nurture a sense of optimism about the Human Prospect.” I’m all in favor of optimism except when it contradicts reality. I think...

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Frontlines, Vol. 20, No. 1


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Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 20 issue 01
FRONTLINES   Darwin vs. Board of Education Norm R. Allen, Jr. Last August, the Kansas Board of Education voted 6–4 to delete virtually any mention of evolution from a new statewide science curriculum. The board also voted to delete references to radioactive dating of rocks, continental drift, and the Big...

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School Vouchers Move to Front Burner


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By Tom Flynn
CHURCH-STATE UPDATE School Vouchers Move to Front Burner Tom Flynn Church-State Update tracks continuing developments in important federal, state, and local church-state issues. Each item is preceded by an up arrow (Δ) or a down arrow (∇), based on the story’s implications for separation of church and state and the...

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Jean-Paul Sartre: Philosopher for the 20th Century


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By Jeannette Lowen
APPLIED ETHICS Jean-Paul Sartre: Philosopher for the 20th Century Jeannette Lowen The name of Jean-Paul Sartre, like the term existentialist, evokes strong responses. His outpourings created an interest in the public in “philosophy.” He has been quoted and misquoted, interpreted, and misinterpreted. Like most serious thinkers, he is little understood....

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Humanism at Large, Vol. 20, No. 1


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HUMANISM AT LARGE Chris Mooney   Monkey Business in Kansas At a November conference the Center for Inquiry joined with leading evolution advocates in Kansas to respond to the Kansas Board of Education’s decision to remove evolution from the state’s science curricula and standardized tests. Speakers included Free Inquiry associate...

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