Humanist blog for Monday, March 14, 2016
Life Is Shor
Let’s make the most of our one life. This is our only opportunity to do good and to be the person we want to be.
Trump wins over the evangelists.
- Why are so many evangelists voting for Donald Trump?
- Who knows?
Affirmed atheist Andy Rooney on American churches
In a letter to his children, published in his book Sincerely, Andy Rooney, the late TV personality and author writes, “It would be wrong and I’d feel bad if I gave the impression that I’m negative about the church in America as a social institution. Churches band many communities together like nothing else. Once a week people put on their good clothes and go to one place together to do the same thing. They sit side-by-side with friends or strangers with a common purpose. There is nothing else comparable to it as a cohesive force. Neither Rotary, bridge groups, Kiwanis, American Legion, VFW, or any private club has the same effect of pulling the community together and giving it a sense of goodness.”
Revolutionary hero Thomas Paine on reason.
“The most formidable weapon against error of any kind is reason.”
Thomas Paine 1794
Ted Cruz’s religious requirement for presidents
When asked how important it is for the president of the United States to fear God, Cruz responded (in a November 2015 interview) that “any president who does not begin every day on his knees isn’t fit to be commander-in-chief of this nation.”
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Congratulations to Spotlight, the Academy Award winner for best picture of the year.
For the powerless, the innocent, and the truth, this film makes a difference. With courage comes change.
Some famous non-believers you might recognize
- Edgar Allen Poe (poet)
- Cole Porter (songwriter)
- Ron Reagan (president’s son)
- Richard Rodgers (composer)
- Andy Rooney (author, TV personality)
- Philip Roth (author)
- Salman Rushdie (author)
- Carl Sagan (astronomer, author)
- Jonas Salk (developer of polio vaccine)
Did you know?
Pew Research reports that in 2007, 78.4% of Americans called themselves Christian. In 2015, the figure was 70.6%.
Regarding women atheists and agonistics: in 1993, women comprised 16%. In 2015, women comprised 43%.
The non-religious Americans
1950 – under 5%
1990 – 8%
2001 – 14%
2010 – 16%
2013 – 19%
2014 – 30%
The US ranks 66th in religious diversity of 237 nations. Singapore is #1.
The US ranks #39 in the world in the percent of its citizens who believe in evolution.
A few questions and answers…
Do humanists believe in any type of afterlife?
Not a physical afterlife. The only afterlife for a humanist is the effect they had on persons and institutions with whom they had been involved.
If humanists do not believe there is an actual life after death, how important is this life?
Convinced that this life is all there is, they try to live the fullest life possible. They can not wait for the “next life” to perform all the good they want to do. Humanists believe in life before death.
Does suffering have a purpose?
Suffering should be eliminated wherever it appears. Humans should oppose suffering in all its forms.
To be a good person and to do good things, it is not necessary to have a belief in a supernatural being.