The 2023 Freedom of Thought Report is featured as well as talking about the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom
We have an insightful conversation with Dr. Reverend David Breeden, senior minister at the First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis. We talk about the history of the modern Humanist movement and how the first Manifesto was a response against the growing fascism in Europe. Breeden explains what congregational humanism is about and how Mary Midgley’s idea that all solutions are incomplete fits with Humanism. David also gives his thoughts about the revision of the bylaws of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
How can one sell Humanism to the public without appropriating suspect tactics used by the religious to recruit to their groups? Doug talks about his experiences selling Humanism over the years and how we can reach people and bring them to us. Finally we give an update about a busing dispute involving religious school kids and a public school district.
We talk to Bruce Gerencser about his journey to freethought and we get his intimate insights about evangelical Christians and why we need to be wary of them.
In this episode, we have a panel discussion about personal responsibility with some members of the Secular Humanists of Western Lake Erie. Then as a free bonus we talk about a church and state case recently before the US Supreme Court concerning flying the Christian flag in front of Boston City Hall.
In this episode, we look at the real reason for the season and how our holidays began with early humans marking the shortest day of the year in hopes that light would return. Next Douglas talks about actor Wil Wheaton’s recent social media post admitting to his homophobic past and how Humanists and others can follow his current path to be better people then finally we note how some Star Trek fans, in an effort to maintain their bigotry, miss the entire point of Star Trek.
In this episode, we talk to Chris Highland a former Protestant minister for 14 years and an Interfaith chaplain for 25 years. We discuss his journey to Humanism, his efforts trying to build bridges between people of faith and freethinkers, and his writing about the topic including a weekly column in his local newspaper. We’ll also touch on his recent controversial remarks about “Angry, Anti-religious Atheists”.
In this episode Douglas talks to artist Martha Knox about her woodcut print art, her performance art called “Submit”, the state of art during a pandemic and why selling her art is not her goal. Martha also talks about being very active in the leadership of organized freethought and then stepping back after becoming disillusioned.
In this episode Douglas looks at Christian nationalists using Religious freedom as cover for their discrimination, why the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the US Supreme Court is a problem for all of us, and he introduces a new recurring segment where people share the story of their journey to Humanism.
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.