The need for critical thinking skills and a humanistic outlook in our world is great. This is no less true in the Black community than in others. Many African Americans have been engulfed by religious irrationality, conned by self—serving "faith healers", and swayed by dogmatic revisionist historians. Many others, however, have escaped the oppression of such delusions, and live happy and upstanding lives free of superstition. African Americans for Humanism (AAH) exists to bring these secular humanists together, to provide a forum for communication, and to facilitate coordinated action. In an irrational world, those who stand for reason must stand together.
A Guide for the Godless is a short, open access book employing the resources of contemporary philosophy to offer advice on the secular search for meaning. The author, Andrew Kernohan, is an adjunct professor of philosophy at Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada.
It is the goal of American Atheists to provide you with new avenues for learning about the Atheist philosophy. At this site, we will work to inform you about statechurch separation issues, and give you the Atheist perspective on them.
This information is thoughtprovoking, intellectually challenging and pure hardcore Atheist. It's something that you won't find anywhere else.
We encourage you to make visits to our web site a part of your Atheist lifestyle. We also urge you to share Atheism with friends and family. We need to be activists for Atheism! By making your Atheism known to others, you will be surprised how easy it becomes for others to admit that perhaps they, too, are Atheists! The world will become a lesslonely place in an otherwise unrelentingly religious society.
We hope that you find the American Atheist web pages to be challenging and informative. Remember that this site is under "permanent construction." We will be adding new features and offerings in the future. Enjoy!
President, AMERICAN ATHEISTS
Strategically located in Washington, DC, the AHA actively educates the public about Humanism, brings Humanists together for mutual support and action, defends the civil liberties and constitutional freedoms of Humanists—indeed of all peoples—and leads both local and national Humanist organizations toward progressive societal change. Through a strong network of over 100 grassroots organizations, appearances in national media, an advanced Internet presence, regular public appearances, and a broad spectrum of publications, the AHA is the VOICE OF HUMANISM.
Over the years, many women and men who embrace Humanism and who have worked closely with the AHA have contributed greatly toward the betterment of our world. Among them are:
Novelists Margaret Atwood, Kurt Vonnegut, and Alice Walker Environmentalist Lester R. Brown Women’s rights proponents Betty Friedan and Gloria Steinem Elder citizens advocate Maggie Kuhn Economist John Kenneth Galbraith Entrepreneur Ted Turner Evolutionary scientist Edward O. Wilson Abortion rights champions Faye Wattleton and Bill Baird Director Oliver Stone Nobel laureate Steven Weinberg.
Earlier Humanists included Carl Sagan, Isaac Asimov, Andrei Sakharov, Erich Fromm, A. Philip Randolph, Margaret Sanger, Gene Roddenberry, Julian Huxley, Brock Chisholm, John Dewey, Bertrand and Dora Russell, and Albert Einstein.
The American Humanist Association has honored these individuals as well as many others to recognize their contributions on behalf of humanity.
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For their newsletter, go to: http://www.thehumanist.org/
We are ex-Muslims. Some of us were born and raised in Islam and some of us had converted to Islam at some moment in our lives. We were taught never to question the truth of Islam and to believe in Allah and his messenger with blind faith. We were told that Allah would forgive all sins but the sin of disbelief (Quran 4:48 and 4:116). But we committed the ultimate sin of thinking and questioned the belief that was imposed on us and we came to realize that far from being a religion of truth, Islam is a hoax, it is hallucination of a sick mind and nothing but lies and deceits.
This site was created to provide a resource for people who are curious about atheism and to counter some misunderstandings about this way of looking at the world.
Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is an organization of independent religion—free groups and individuals in the United States and around the world. Our primary goals are to help democratic, atheistic societies become established and grow and to work in coalition with like—minded groups to advance rational thinking through educational processes. Virtually all income goes to these causes. We have little paid staff. Our members make all the decisions and do almost all of the work.
The Alliance sponsors annual conventions, publishes Secular Nation magazine, a quarterly magazine of interest to atheists, and The Freethought Directory, an attempt to list all freethought organizations in the world, and the Journal of Higher Criticism, a respected scholarly publication of Biblical study. We sponsor Objectivity, Accuracy, and Balance in Teaching About Religion (OABITAR), a resource for teachers. We maintain a web site that hosts member societies' web sites free of charge.
Applications for Alliance membership from democratic local, regional, or international atheist organizations are always welcome. Member societies pay no dues but contribute to the grassroots organizing work of Atheist Alliance. Each member society has its own representative on the AAI board.
Individual members are also welcome. They do pay dues
(See http://www.atheistalliance.org/aai/membership.html, under the Individual Memberships section) and receive Secular Nation as a benefit of membership. They also have a representative on
the AAI board, with the representative being selected at an individual members' group meeting during the annual AAI convention. The Individual Members Group maintains contact through an online chat group and Secular Nation magazine.
An entirely internet—based connection to AAI for individuals is also available through the Atheist Internet Outreach member society. Its role is to use online services to connect isolated atheists with atheist and freethought issues, and to support the programs, policies and activities of the Alliance.
The Atheist Foundation of Australia recognises scientific method as the only rational means toward understanding reality. To question and critically examine all ideas, testing them in the light of facts, leads to the discovery of truth.
As there is no scientific evidence for supernatural phenomena, atheists reject belief in 'God', gods and other supernatural beings. The universe, the world in which we live, and the evolution of life, are entirely natural occurrences.
No personality or mind can exist without the process of living matter to sustain it. We have only one life — here and now. All that remains after a person dies is the memory of their life and deeds in the minds of those who live.
Atheists reject superstition and prejudice along with the irrational fears they cause. We recognise the complexity and interdependence of life on this planet. As rational and ethical beings we accept the challenge of making a creative and responsible contribution to life.
Atheist Nation is a community driven website to find and organize the world of Atheism into one site.
The World's Largest Social Networking Site Exclusively For Nontheists!
A 100% free social networking site for atheists, agnostics and freethinkers.
Atheists for Humanity Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. Our goals are simple: raise money and awareness for worthy charities and actively work to de-stigmatize atheists and atheism. Both goals will be accomplished through tax deductible donations made through this website and at fundraisers. AFH will actively seek opportunities to reach out to the public directly and through a continuous PR campaign, focusing on the positive charitable activities of donors and volunteers. AFH will also reach out to local, State, National and International Organizations representing the interests of Atheist, Humanists, Agnostics, Naturalists, Freethinkers, Skeptics, and other groups of similar orientations to encourage donations and volunteer activities.
AtheistsforHumanity.org allows visitors to donate to multiple charities in one transaction. Simply enter the amount you wish to donate, select the charities you wish to donate to, then decide how to allocate your donation. Once the transaction is complete you will have the opportunity to print the donation receipt and you will receive a confirmation of your tax-deductible donation via email. Because AFH is a 501(c)3, our receipt is the only document you will need to prove the donations were tax deductible per IRS regulations. Additionally, AFH keeps all donor information private and confidential. Recipient organizations will not have access to the donors personal information. Funds will be remitted in the name of Atheists for Humanity. This means donors no longer have to worry about being added to multiple direct mail and marketing lists!
Cost of Doing Business
Currently, AFH covers operating costs by deducting 5% of donations made via the website. Primary operating expenses include Credit Card processing, a monthly shopping cart fee, and an annual email hosting fee. In the months and years ahead a portion of these funds will be used for fundraising events, volunteer support, a Meetup.com site for scheduling events, and marketing materials. AFH is run entirely by unpaid volunteers using their own computers, phones, and offices. This allows AFH to minimize operating costs.
Atheists for Humanity uses four primary criteria when selecting appropriate charities:
1. Secular - Mainly relates to mission, activities, and primary source(s) of funding.
2. Primary focus on education and outreach, sustainability, health and well-being (human and/or animal), scientific & medical research, etc.
3. Low expense ratios using the guidelines set forth by the American Institute of PhilanthropyAFH will also consider charities on a case-by-case basis.
4. Atheists for Humanity focuses on positive change through positive actions. We hope you will join us in supporting the many worthwhile charities you'll find on this website!
Atheists For Human Rights was founded in February of 2002 by atheists with a 15-year
history of activism and leadership in the freethought community, locally and nationally.
Although we are located in Minneapolis-St. Paul, we are a semi-national organization with
a third of our membership from distant parts of the state and from other states. Our goal
is to make atheism publicly visible. Our innovative Moral High Ground fund remains the
freethought community's most positive response to the religious right's inhumane agenda.
We provide real help - financial help - to members of those groups most fiercely attacked
by the religious right: gays and lesbians, poor women in need of abortions, the
terminally ill who desperately want help to die peacefully, and stem cell research
programs. We have our own Hub of Atheism that ensures a reliable, available and free
The Australian Skeptics Inc. is a group that investigates the paranormal and pseudo—science from a responsible scientific viewpoint. Most people are familiar with the more popular subjects that we investigate such as astrology, fortune telling, UFOs and crop circles. Did you know that we also investigate topics like fundamentalism, Feng Shui, subluxations and vitamin supplements? A list of all the major topics that we investigate can be found at the end of this page where we list What we are sceptical of. Test your sceptical knowledge and see how many of the topics on the list are unfamiliar to you. If you've never heard of the Australian Skeptics before then you should also take time to read The Aims of The Australian Skeptics.
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People" of 2005, one of the Glamour Heroes of 2005 and Reader's Digest's European of the Year for 2005. She has published a collection of essays The Caged Virgin (2006), a memoir Infidel (2007) and has written and delivered many speeches and articles addressing her subjects of interest, including the importance of freedom of speech and the defense of the principles of the Enlightenment, the need to reform Islam, the rights of Muslim women.
Who is this guy who calls himself "The Bad Astronomer?" Is he really bad? Is he really an astronomer? First, yes, I am a real live astronomer (when people ask me what astronomers do, I tell them "They astronom!"). I'm also a writer, and in fact in mid-2007 I decided to write full-time about astronomy. I live in Boulder, Colorado, where I'm writing not only my blog, but also my second book, titled "Death from the Skies" about different ways astronomical events can wipe out life on Earth. It sounds grim, but... well, it is kinda grim, but I'm trying to make it a bit funny and be careful to stress that the odds of any of these events are pretty low. How many people do you know who have been killed by a gamma-ray burst?
Educational and includes a few games.
Many great videos by Sam Harris, Ayaan Hirsi Ali and more.
Currently the naturalistic worldview is insufficiently expressed within most cultures, even politically/socially repressed. To be a Bright (someone who fits the definition and registers on this Web site) is to participate in a movement to address the situation.
There is a great diversity of persons who have a naturalistic worldview. Some are members of existing organizations that foster a supernatural—free perspective. Far more individuals are not associated with any formal group or label. Under the broad umbrella of the naturalistic worldview, the constituency of Brights can undertake social and civic actions designed to influence a society otherwise permeated with supernaturalism.
The movement's three major aims are:
A. Promote the civic understanding and acknowledgment of the naturalistic worldview, which is free of supernatural and mystical elements.
B.Gain public recognition that persons who hold such a worldview can bring principled actions to bear on matters of civic importance.
C.Educate society toward accepting the full and equitable civic participation of all such individuals.
The BHA is the largest organisation in the UK supporting and representing the non—religious and campaigning for a secular society.
We help humanists and other non—religious people to gain confidence in their beliefs and build a foundation from which to live their lives with integrity, supporting networks for families, teachers and others to share ideas and experience and provide mutual support.
We work for an open and inclusive society with freedom of belief and speech, and for an end to the privileged position of religion - and Christianity in particular - in law, education, broadcasting and wherever else it occurs.
We campaign for the inclusion of humanism within the school curriculum, for inclusive schools where children with parents of all faiths and none learn to understand and respect each other, instead of being segregated in the growing number of faith and sectarian schools, and for the abolition of school worship.
We are also renowned for the provision of humanist funerals, weddings, baby-namings and other non-religious ceremonies which meet a very real need in the community.
An online directory of Christopher Hitchens' writings, videos and more.
CQUK is the first residential summer camp for the children of atheists, agnostics, humanists, freethinkers and all those who embrace a naturalistic rather than supernatural world view.
The purpose of the Center for Inquiry is to promote and defend reason, science, and freedom of inquiry in all areas of human endeavor. The Center for Inquiry is a transnational nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that encourages evidence-based inquiry into science, pseudoscience, medicine and health, religion, ethics, secularism, and society.
Through education, research, publishing, and social services, it seeks to present affirmative alternatives based on scientific naturalism. The Center is also interested in providing rational ethical alternatives to the reigning paranormal and religious systems of belief, and in developing communities where like-minded individuals can meet and share experiences.
The Center for Inquiry — On Campus is dedicated to promoting and defending reason, science and freedom of inquiry in education, and to the enhancement of freethought, skepticism, secularism, humanism, philosophical naturalism, rationalism, and atheism on college and high school campuses throughout North America and around the world. CFI — On Campus consolidates international resources toward this end.
Tragically here in the United States the Christian Science Church, in particular, has successfully obtained legal exemption in many states for parents to provide medical care to their children, for "religious reasons". This includes life-saving treatment. Several children have already been killed by this legalized form of medical neglect.
From their website: "Children's Healthcare Is a Legal Duty (CHILD, Inc.) is a non-profit national membership organization established in 1983 to protect children from abusive religious and cultural practices, especially religion-based medical neglect. CHILD opposes religious exemptions from duties of care for children. CHILD is a member of the National Child Abuse Coalition."
Articles by and information about the author Christopher Hitchens.
Cassini Imaging Central Laboratory for OPerationS: The source of high resolution images of Saturn and its rings and moons from the Cassini spacecraft presently orbiting Saturn, and the center of uplink and downlink operations for the Cassini imaging science experiment led by Carolyn Porco.
The Council for Secular Humanism cultivates rational inquiry, ethical values, and human development through the advancement of secular humanism. To carry out its mission the Council for Secular Humanism sponsors publications, programs, and organizes meetings and other group activities. The Council's specific objectives are:
To promote secular humanist principles to the public, media, and policy—makers
To provide secular humanist activities and communities to serve the needs of nonreligious people and foster human enrichment
To demonstrate the viability of the secular humanist eupraxophy as an alternative naturalistic life—stance
To engage in research relating to the critical examination of religious and supernatural claims and the humanist outlook
To conduct educational programs for all age levels