The Humanist Tradition (Winter 2017)

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Humanities 102: Worldviews (Champlain College St-Lambert)

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by CharlyB on March 18, 2017
In February, a petition occured between Black Lives Matter and the LGBTQ community, whether or not uniformed police officers should be allowed to overview the gay pride parade. Black Lives Matters tried to put pressure that they should be banned from the event, entirely, while LGBTQ  petitions the contrary and this is where my argument steps in.   

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by marie-laurence.... on March 16, 2017
On March 10th 2017, Governor Daugaard, from South Dakota, signed an anti-LGBT (Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transexuals) Act, the Act 149. This act, according to the article “South DakotaLegislature Sends Anti-LGBT ‘License to Discriminate’ Bill to Director’s Desk” by Allison Turner, basically authorizes foster care or adoption agencies to refuse, based on sincere religious beliefs, a LGBT person to become a parent or a foster family.

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by Olivier Ayotte on March 15, 2017
                Donald Trump has all of the Medias’ attention since his election. He makes many controversial claims and it is exactly what journalists want. Recently, he made a claim that was as polemic as his last ones which is that the last president, Barack Obama, would have tapped his phones while the elections were going on. He tweeted: “How low has President Obama gone to tap my phones during the very sacred election process. This is Nixon/Watergate. Bad (or sick) guy! ” The problem with this accusation is that Donald Trump brings no evidence to back it up.

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by jennifercote on March 15, 2017
On January 23rd 2017, president of the United States, Donald J. Trump, signed an anti-abortion executive order that has far-reaching consequences for women’s reproductive health access worldwide. “Trump reinstated the Mexico City policy, also known as the global gag rule, which was first put in place by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. It prohibits giving U.S. funding to international nongovernmental organizations that offer or advise on a wide range of family planning and reproductive health options if they include abortion ― even if U.S.

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by InfoBased on March 15, 2017
      Assisted suicide has been a widely discussed ethical issue worldwide due to its extremely controversial nature and the question that only 14 countries, including Canada, have answered since 1940, should people have the right to demand assisted suicide? First of all, we need to explore the terms that needs to be met in order to demand such actions to take place, on June 17th 2016, new federal legislation came into effect by creating various criteria that the patient must meet in order to legally demand assisted suicide.

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by B.Matthews on March 10, 2017
Postmodern feminism is the advancement to feminist conjecture that incorporates postmodern and post-structuralism theory while distinguishing itself from all modernist views and radical feminists. Postmodernism is a concept from the arts dating back to the late 20th century. It represents a movement from modernism that is illustrated through ideologies and the constituting problems relating to the "arts". Do Postmodern Feminists believe in diversity and equality of rights?

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by Marc-Andre1 on February 10, 2017
The American Presidential election of 2016 shed light to the businessman Donald J. Trump’s real value and intentions. Most people called him racist and misogynists although, on November 8, 2016, he was elected President of the United States. One of the reasons for his election was his view on Muslims and terrorism.

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by Faith on February 6, 2017
Together, We Will Rise Up Gender equality has evolved a lot in the past years. However, this human right does not apply to all of the countries. Today, we can still noticed in several countries that women do not have the same rights or treatment as the men, which is problematic. Marching together to denounce this conflict could be a great way to send a message to the world.

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by CharlyB on February 5, 2017
How many times have we looked at someone and, almost immediately, assumed aspect or even the entire entity that were staring at? This is an aspect of human instinct considered, at least for the most part, as normal. However, when this aspect and very malicious ideologies get mixed together and remains unchecked, the results can be very dangerous.

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by B.Matthews on February 4, 2017
Feminism and Humanism: What’s the difference?   Equal rights, self-determination, and integrity are all forms of rights feminists prove to highlight, but just how is this possible if society is so against regulating all of these controversies? Many people may have never thought about the similarities that go hand-in-hand between two terms that everyone is familiar about; humanism and feminism.    

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by InfoBased on February 1, 2017
Mainstream media such as newspapers, radio and television have become an essential way of transmitting various news, events, tragedies and much more globally, but just how diluted is the information we are receiving on a daily basis? Many people may have never even considered the fact that the news they are given each day by known reporters and news analysts has been diluted to make it "consumable" by the public.

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by Williamb on January 31, 2017
In the article, “Trump’s order on abortion policy: What does it mean?”, the BBC advocate that trump’s policy to ban the use of federal money going to international groups, who provide help or inform people regarding abortion is not necessarily a bad thing for American citizens. The new policy simply implies that a fraction of Americans income taxes will no longer be used to support those international groups; the policy does not affect services provided for abortion at home (BBC para. 8).

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3 months 5 days ago

I think that all countries should legalize assisted suicide. I think it should be a human right to have the choice to pick whether to live or not. In our society, we are really focused on saving the person and sometimes we do not necessarily take the time to understand the patient's thoughts and feelings about his or her condition. I think that if there are no ways out, meaning that no medication or surgery that can save the person, the person should have the right to die. Nobody should go through that much pain, it is inhuman to let a human being in this difficult state. However, if there is a way out and if the disease can heal in a short or long term, I think that the patient should give it chance because it might workout. But in the end, I truly think that it is the patient's decision and that no one should make someone suffer and go through a lot of pain.

3 months 5 days ago

Great article about the new law imposed by Trump. I would like to answer to your critical question. I do not think that we can achieve what we work for in our lifetime, meaning that women will never have the full control of their own body. This question has a direct link with gender equality, and I do no think that women and men will ever be equal because people like Trump are stopping us from achieving this goal. First, I think that we need gender equality before getting to the goal where women can be responsible for their body because without gender equality we cannot achieve that. However, our world today did make some huge improvements concerning this issue. It will get better and better. For examples, new laws have been imposed in countries to respect human rights (ex: legalizing same-sex marriages in some countries). We are getting there, but there will always be an obstacle I think.

3 months 1 week ago

I feel like Act 149 should not have ever been able to get voted in. According to First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, this is a clear violation of its rule on the separation of church and state which reads that no law should ever give respects any given religious beliefs.

How this act came to be despite the Constitution is quite worrying, but I digress. Thank you for bringing this into light; it's well stated.

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Love the title!

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Great topic!

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Love the topic! I think it's super interesting

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It is absolutely true; as you mentioned in your text, that feminism is similar to humanism since they have the same objectives I would personally say that feminism is a part of humanism. In fact, humanism promotes all kind of equality, freedom and human rights including the rights of women. In that sense, I would say that feminism is integrant part of what humanism is. Humanism is the mixture of all the movements that works for the individual freedom and rights. Therefore, the civil right movement, feminism, religious freedom movement and all other pacifist movements could be considered humanistic.

3 months 1 week ago

I think that is absolutely true. To answer your question: Why men participate in this kind of protest? I will say that a truly free society is one where all the individuals are free. In that sense, there is no real respect of the human rights if not all the people’s rights are respected. Therefore, black’s rights are human rights, LGBT’s rights are human rights and of course Women’s rights are human rights. We should always aspire to a society that respects the rights of individuals regardless of their sex, ethnicity, nationality or sexual orientation

3 months 1 week ago

Abortion is a much contested concept, but I think, as you said, that it is unthinkable abortion as illegal and even more when only men decide of it. I find that contradictory that people think young parents as irresponsible and not present enough for their children but are against abortion. Indeed, if abortion is illegal, girls who haven't finish high school yet and become suddenly pregnant will have to sacrifice their future to try to take care for their child. Then, some people find that horrible that a child doesn't eat enough and has her mom working all the time because she needs money. How can that teenage girl be able to raise a child with no money when even adults have difficulty raising children? Women should have the right to decide if they will be able to raise their own child.

3 months 1 week ago

I think we should allow doctor-assisted suicide. Indeed, there are many cases just like the one you described where the decease that a person is facing is too painful to imagine. It is difficult to imagine how hard it must be to have difficulty breathing for days. It is not everyone who has the strength to face such hard times. It is understandable that a person might want to end their lives instead of living with unimaginable pain all over their body and then die at the end. Some people might not be able to take the decision of living or dying, but a list of people close to the sick person could be made and they could talk about what is the best thing to do. Humans are not made to suffer that much pain and an assisted suicide should be an option to consider at some point.

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