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UU Humanists

There are many good Humanists organizations working to promote our shared values. In this post we are showcasing the UU Humanists organization. They are associated with Unitarian Universalism, whose values are closely aligned with Humanists…


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Why a person might discriminate against others

Some definitions of discrimination Source: Webster’s New World dictionary To make distinction in treatment. Show partiality in favor of. Show partiality in prejudice against. Action or policies directed against the welfare of minority groups. The…


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Discrimination Stories 1

        Discrimination Real Life Stories African-Americans can’t vote I had just been honorably discharged from the Army following my service in the Korean War. I was an African-American trying to register to vote…


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Discrimination Stories 2

Driver’s License Discrimination I’m a dark-skinned boy of 16, born in Nicaragua, and adopted by a wonderful white middle income American couple. Like most 16-year-old boys, I was anxious to get my driver’s license. Previously…


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Discrimination Stories 3

Blacks in white company I majored in accounting at Wayne State University in Detroit. I remember my professor telling us black students, “Don’t expect to get a job at a white accounting firm. All the…


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In Defense of Truth and Reason

This blog series deals with the importance of Truth and Reason in our daily lives. A key principle of Humanism is rational thinking.  In the current US political climate, truth is becoming more rare. This…


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Baloney Detection For Humanists

Adapted from The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.    Confirm “facts.” Ask the proponents if any reputable independent source has confirmed the “facts” they’re using. Debate the evidence. You could contact several knowledgeable proponents who…


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Reason, Logic, and Truth

Why don’t more people use reason and logic? Using reason and logic requires both effort and time. It’s hard. Some people are not confident they can effectively employ reason and logic. Some people have little…


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Why Do Leaders Sometimes Lie?

Thoughts from some of our readers Fear of reprisals Loss of status Lack of integrity Convenient cover-up when things go wrong Political embarrassment needs to be avoided at all costs Loss of votes Egomania Useful…


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Why Do Leaders Sometimes Lie? (Part 2)

Thoughts from some of our readers, continued: First and foremost, everything they say and do is carefully calibrated toward getting re-elected. If they feel that disclosing the truth will lose votes, they will not tell…