The Humanist Tradition (Hawkins, Fall 2015)

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by Juliana2 on September 16, 2015
To be a philanthropist, means to give some of your money to people who are less fortunate than you during their life time, people who have been less lucky during their up-bringing. Coming from someone who grew up in a very poor country, I would have loved to have any international aid to make my life and the ones of my family easier.  

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by Michelle on September 15, 2015
On Friday January 30th 2015, the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEC), along with the European Humanist Federation (EHF), teamed up together for a campaign focused on wishing to abolish ‘’Blasphemy Laws’’ around the world. The ‘’End Blasphemy Campaign’’ focuses on the ‘’issues of laws against blasphemy, including ridicule, insult to religion or hurting religious sentiments’’ (Humanist Canada).

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by Jessy-Kay.Whelan on September 10, 2015
The word femenism draw a certain, should i say, stigma to it. such a name can be seen as exclusionary by many who do not understand why champions of gender equality call themself femenists. People often use the statement: "Im not a femenist...but i agree with..." whats important to understand that the name doesn't imply female domination as appose to male domination.  

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by olivertrudeau on September 10, 2015
Just recently, the people at the American Humanist Association started a campaign to boycott the pledge of allegiance to the United States of America. The reason being that the words "under God" are evoked in the text. The AHA sustains the boycott with the following arguments: The Pledge affirmes that we are “one nation indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”.

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by TheMindUnleashed on September 10, 2015
African-Americans Killed By Supremacist Criminal Justice System

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by yvesroland on September 9, 2015
  The challenge faced by African Humanism  

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by Valerie on September 9, 2015
2.6 million years ago, the first major evolutionary change in the human diet happened. The arrived of meat in our daily intake of food had many consequences for the evolution of our species. First, humans were eating meat to survive when other resources were not easily available (example, in the winter). Meat was providing them a good source of energy. Time passed and meat became the major part of our plate, making the vegetables and others the "side-dishes". Meat became a symbol of wealth, where eating flesh of animal was considered as a privilege that not everyone could afford.

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by rachelstephanii on September 9, 2015
    In the early appearance of mankind, humans lived from farming and hunting in order to survive. The morality of that lifestyle had not been questioned at that time because the survival of the human kind depended on it. As humankind evolved, its ways and technologies changed too and with that, knowledge evolved. As a result many found ways to find all the needed nutriments for their bodies without hunting and harming animals. Some even found ways so that they would not consume animals or their products. They’re known as vegans.

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by briarbarr on September 9, 2015
Some places in the United States are against the basic rights of the LGBTQ community. LGBTQ stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer. This community has been growing in the past years because more and more people have accepted and/ or joined this community.

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by ChaseDownActivist on September 9, 2015
A Humanist Approach to Environmental Issues  

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by henleygermain on September 9, 2015
On the AHA (American Humanist Association) website, I found an article about controversial events that happened in the United States related to racism. They were talking about the recent shooting events that happened to unarmed black people in Ferguson with Michael Brown and Travon Martin in Florida, and how it is unacceptable to judge or to kill someone just because of the color of his skin. Calling a time to reflect of what’s going on is what they suggest and I totally agree with the opinion of the association.

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by myriamgatineau on September 9, 2015
There was an article published by American Humanist Association (AHA) saying an atheist named Baker was forced by a judge to attend 'faith-based' Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. The atheist didn't want to attend these types of meetings and demanded for other options but the judge never gave him some. The atheist finds it very uncomfortable to be obligated to attend these types of meetings. Hearing what Baker was against attending these meetings, the judge forced him to go twice a week anyway.  

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by 1431536 on September 9, 2015
Humanists have always acted for the best of each human being. They recognized that we only have one chance to live in a limited time, so why doing it in the wrong way. This is one of the reasons why the Humanists disagree with the death penalty. They believed that every human on this planet should have the right to live; whether the race, the gender, or even the sex orientation.  

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by bobsrobs on September 8, 2015
                                                                                                                               No life after death                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  BY: Robert Gumpert

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by SGOUR. on September 7, 2015
For many years now, humans have used animals for testing and experimentation. The tests range from biological testing to cosmetic testing. The topic of animal testing is very controversial and brings up the debate on whether or not stricter laws should be put in place (Wikipedia).

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by Steven_Lam on September 4, 2015
So I was scrolling through a few blogs on this site and skimming through some of them until I hit a blog by someone with the username of 046 GRoOoZA. I saw the word "Holocaust" in his blog and as someone who is very intersted in the Holocaust, I decided to give this blog a read.

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Reply to: A Long Week
5 years 10 months ago

What i like about humanists is that they always have strong empathy to those in need, whatever situation it may be. In this case, bringing 25 000 refugees surely may represent some kind of risk to our national security because we cannot be entirely sure about who is entering the country, but at the same time, like you said, it is making the lives of so many people better and gives them opportunities to renew their lives and allow them to be content.

Reply to: Eat Bugs
5 years 10 months ago

Here is a great idea that we will most likely never see employed in our life time. The reason for this is, unfortunately the obvious one. It is easy to convince people that eating plants instead of produced meats is a healthier, more ecological way of living, and in fact it truly is. But even though the general population is aware of this fact, people are not ready to give up something that has been with us since man first evolved. Now trying to convince people that instead of a big juicy steak or a couple strips of bacon, we should be eating bugs? Not in our life time. Like i said though, it is a good idea for us to eventually explore more of.

5 years 10 months ago

This religion is seriously making me reconsider the way i see spaghetti. But hey, everyone is entitled to their own beliefs, right? If she thinks a flying spaghetti is a God, who are we to judge that is isn't?
I think she did the right thing to seek help from AHA because it is her rights, as a believer in a religion like any else, to get what she thinks is suitable in her opinion. If someone is allowed to wear a necklace with a cross on it, she should be allowed to wear a spaghetti on her head.

Reply to: Abortion for all
5 years 10 months ago

I also agree that abortion should be used as a measure of last resort, but not once the fetus has grown and developed enough to be considered "alive" , which is after 4 months or so after it has been conceived. At that point, shouldn't we start respecting and giving value to its life? I think that the decision for abortion by the woman should be made right away, because is she decides to kill the baby after 4 months, then that would be morally incorrct and abortion should no longer be an option for her (In my opinion).

Reply to: Abortion for all
5 years 10 months ago

I also agree that abortion should be used as a measure of last resort, but not once the fetus has grown and developed enough to be considered "alive" , which is after 4 months or so after it has been conceived. At that point, shouldn't we start respecting and giving value to its life? I think that the decision for abortion by the woman should be made right away, because is she decides to kill the baby after 4 months, then that would be morally incorrct and abortion should no longer be an option for her (In my opinion).

5 years 10 months ago

I seriously think that what this woman was doing was a joke. How can someone see a flying spaghetti noodle as a God. I think that some people are just tempting the government, so that their rights can be violated, so that they can gain support through the filling of their lawsuit against the government. But seriously I floored as to how some people could the food (spaghetti) as some God. This shows that they world is one step closer to stupidity.

5 years 10 months ago

What the hell is this religion, first time hearing about it. But I do think she was right to go see the AHA and demand ''justice'' for her religion. But my only fear is that people will start religion for the sake of doing crazy stuff like this. And the did not give a damn about her religion, they wanted to avoid a lawsuit.

5 years 10 months ago

As stated in the article, many strong reactions came to surface after the terrible Paris attack. Some people used social media to post ideas about their fears and concerns about letting in the 25 000 refugees. Yet, most arguments to defend this point are based on an imagined links relating the Syrians and ISIS. In my opinion, people think that because the refugees are Syrians and/or Muslims, that they are going to create chaos, because that is the image that the mainstream media has been portraying ever since 9/11...
To add to your final argument concerning, I invite you to read this article from the Time.
http://time.com/3934980/right-wing-extremists-white-terrorism-islamist-j...
The article states that "white right-wing terrorists have killed almost twice as many Americans in homegrown attacks than radical Islamists have".
This really shows how fear can propagate quickly, and hide people's reason and compassion for others.
We sure would like to receive help in we were in the same situation, so why not lead by example?

Reply to: Eat Bugs
5 years 10 months ago

Hey,
I enjoyed reading this article, as it puts into perspective the alternative and more earth-friendly ways to nourish ourselves. I actually tried eating cooked crickets in a Mexican restaurant due to a bet, and to my surprise, it really did not taste bad at all.
The information presented in this article also reminds me of a recent documentary I saw named "Cowspiracy", which depicts the reality of the meat industry and how it creates more greenhouse gases and consumes so much more water than if farming was based solely on producing vegetables. I encourage you to check it out because of the similarity of the arguments presented in your essay and the documentary.

Cheers

5 years 10 months ago

I completely agree with what you are saying about the good act people are doing for the Syrian. But we also need to be realistic. As I said in my blog post, most people on Facebook put the flag of France in profile picture but didn't even really understand the situation. Most of the Canadians are now scared to welcome the 25 000 refugees in their country. YES, a lot of people also understand the situation and even want to accelerate the process of refuge. But at this point, I don't think we can say that everything is going well...

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