How can we persuade our leaders to tell us the truth more often?
- Splash the truth prominently across all the media, backed up by facts.
- Read “Politifact” and “Fact Checker.”
- Hold the liar’s feet to the fire and show him/her that lying will not get them re-elected.
- Impeach them.
- Rigorously investigate them and expose their lies.
- First, we must elect as honest a leader as possible, realizing that no leader will be honest 100% of the time.
- Withdraw our support of that leader.
- Become and remain well-informed.
- Get the facts.
- Publicize their lies.
- Challenge them.
- Tell them we won’t support liars or the ideas of liars.
- Don’t vote for them in their bid to get re-elected.
- Encourage a much-maligned whistle-blower to come forth.
- Remain skeptical of any claim and always a claim to see if it’s true.
- Reward truthful leaders and punish those who lie.
- Elect mature, thoughtful leaders who will tell us the truth.
Contributors: John Callahan, Matthew Dowling, Joe Medved, Ellen McCormick, Roger Saunders, Marie Sias
Three questions about Life and Death from our Humanist book
“I once wanted to become an atheist. I gave up on the idea. They have no holidays.” – Henny Youngman
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, causes and institutions with which 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 cannot wait for the “next life” to perform all the good they want to do. Humanists believe in life before death.
What is a humanist funeral service like?
Although often held in a religious building, it is not a religious event. It is a celebration of the deceased’s life, how the person affected others, and the positive effect the person had. Friends and relatives often speak.
An “Elevator Speech” for Humanists
This “speech” takes approximately 75 seconds.
“Humanists are people who want to be good and do good. And to do so, they say a person does not need to believe in a supernatural being.
“Some of the most important values to a Humanist are compassion, justice, integrity, and truthfulness.
“Humanism is not a religion. It’s a way of life, a philosophy.
“There are 50 million Americans who are nonreligious. And in the world, 1 of every 7 persons say they are atheistic, agnostic, or nonreligious.
“I’m certainly no expert on Humanism, but, if you have a question, I’ll try to get an answer for you.”
Did You Matter?
by Ben Franklin
If you would not be forgotten
As soon as you are dead and rotten,
Either write things worth the readin’
Or do things worth the writin’