Richard Dawkins is a well known figure in the freethought community. His books have been best sellers and have helped lead many people to ditch religion. In recent years, Dawkins has not been a decent human being and on April 10th a transphobic tweet reminded us all we need to stop putting science communicators on a pedestal. The support Dawkins received for “Just Asking Questions” reminds us what Humanism really means as we reject his questioning of the basic dignity and worth of a group of people for no rational reason.
Free speech doesn’t mean free from consequences. Cancel culture is just the complaints about Political Correctness dressed in different clothes. Douglas gives a primer about what the 1st amendment really means and it doesn’t cover using bigotry disguised as jokes on social media. Finally, we look at the need for transparency as the American Humanist Association looks for a new executive director.
In this episode Douglas speaks with Derrick Strobl, an old friend from his days in Columbus with the Humanist Community of Central Ohio. They talk about his journey to Humanism coming from a religious conservative family, and Douglas discovers, to his shock, that a college near his hometown was much more conservative than he ever imagined. Derrick also reveals what Humanist values are important to him.
In today’s episode, we talk to Emily Newman, Education Coordinator for the American Humanist Association’s Center for Education. We will discuss the HERE for Climate project and how climate change is the theme for this year’s Secular Week of Action that takes place May 1st through the 10th and coincides with the National Day of Reason.