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The Navy appeared on its way to accepting a non-theist as its chaplain—until Congress stepped in. A Navy board determined that Jason Heap, a secular “humanist” who does not believe in a god and is widely considered an atheist, was qualified for the chaplain corps, the Navy Times reported on Monday.
The Navy has again rejected approving a secular humanist chaplain. It is a move that one chaplain who has worked with San Diego military said hurts those on active duty who share their beliefs. The Navy Times reports the Navy rejected the application of Jason Heap, who applied to become a military ...

Roger Wicker of Mississippi is quite beside himself because the Navy is considering hiring a secular humanist chaplain. He wails and cries about how this is a betrayal of George Washington's legacy and blah blah blah blah. Read this, then I'll give a little more information on Wicker's history and views:.
On one side stand fundamentalist Protestantism and conservative Catholicism and on the other side secular humanism. The “religious right” claims that humanism is dragging the United States into an abyss of crime and relativism. … But throughout the 1800s proponents of humanism claimed scientific ...
Congressman Doug Lamborn has signed on to a letter to the Navy urging the military branch to reconsider naming a secular-humanist chaplain to represent the Navy chaplain corps. According to a press release from Lamborn's office, the Colorado Springs Republican and 45 other members of Congress ...
U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, R-Miss., today called on the Navy to deny an application for a “secular humanist” to serve in the Chaplain Corps. Twenty-two Senators joined Wicker in sending a letter to Navy Secretary Richard Spencer and Adm. John Richardson saying, “the Chaplain Corps serves religious ...

The secular-humanist worldview that Dr. Heap ascribes to does not meet the requirements of the original designation of the role to facilitate religious belief. Not only is this a redefinition of the role, underscored by NDAA report language in 2014 and 2016, it also goes against the Supreme Court's previous ...
"HIS STORY" aims to expose the secular humanist religion for its hypocrisy and misplaced priorities to put an end to Christianity. "HIS STORY: As a Matter of Fact". By Jeffrey L. Walling ISBN: 9781532036187 (softcover); 9781532036170 (electronic) Available at the iUniverse Online Bookstore, Amazon, and ...
The goal was not to publish people inside the Global Secular Humanist Platforms but, rather, to publish them on multiple news platforms like The Daily Beast and CNN. Then we share their articles on the Global Secular Humanist Movements. Of the more prominent cases we have worked on have been ...
He talked about secular humanism and religion and its role in his life. He was reflective. “I've just done everything that I can do. I've done my best. We have to run through the tape. Make no mistake about it. We're not quitting until we turn off the lights because we have so many things to do,” said Kasich who ...
So, state Rep. Steven Long, R-Spartanburg, wants to officially attach same-sex marriage to the “religion” of secular humanism. It's his tactic to argue same-sex marriage is unconstitutional due to the fundamental tenet of separation of church and state in South Carolina. He says, “Whatever someone does in ...
In a bizarre act straight out of the Obama playbook, the Navy Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory group is recommending that militant atheist Dr. Jason Heap be appointed to serve as a secular-humanist chaplain in the Navy. As Eric Baxter, senior counsel with the Becket Fund for ...
He talked about secular humanism and religion and its role in his life. He was reflective. “I've just done everything that I can do. I've done my best. We have to run through the tape. Make no mistake about it. We're not quitting until we turn off the lights because we have so many things to do,” Kasich said.
So, state Rep. Steven Long, R-Spartanburg, wants to officially attach same-sex marriage to the “religion” of secular humanism. It's his tactic to argue same-sex marriage is unconstitutional due to the fundamental tenet of separation of church and state in South Carolina. He says, “Whatever someone does in ...
The logic presented is so flawed that we need not even address the debate of Secular Humanism as a religion. However, there are two especially large pieces of philosophical detritus worth noting. The first is the idea that homosexual relationships should be considered religious while classic marriage ...
The sponsors define “sexual orientation” as a “self-asserted sex-based identity narrative that is based on a series of naked assertions and unproven faith-based assumptions that are implicitly religious.” That religion, they contend, is Secular Humanism. Homosexuality isn't a problem, the text continues: Any ...
I would like to thank those six Upstate Republican House members who recently introduced a bizarre bill opposing gay marriage, while recognizing that the state is “prohibited from favoring or endorsing religion over non-religion.” The bill refers to secular humanism and atheism as a “religion” that is ...

In the 1970s and 1980s evangelicals would begin to speak of a “secular humanist” plot to take over the public schools and turn children into atheists. They would reach back to Torcaso to claim that “secular humanism” was a religion (representing a religious establishment in the schools) despite the fact that ...
Justice Hugo Black, writing the majority opinion, added a footnote in that decision calling Secular Humanism a religion. Based on that footnote, several South Carolina lawmakers in a newly filed bill argue the federal government has illegally established a national favored religion by recognizing same-sex and other ...
A bill introduced in the Wyoming State House on Valentine's Day refers to gay and lesbians unions as “parody marriages” and implies that transgender people contradict “human design.” It also deems LGBTQ people, by their very identities, as “part of the religion of secular humanism,” stating that Wyoming ...
The conference is “an all-day event that will center the sociopolitical insight, leadership, and strategies of secular, humanist, and atheist activists of color ... For more information on this all day event “dedicated to connecting secular humanist values with strategies for transformational social justice through ...
“My request for the Navy to reject the application of a 'secular humanist' chaplain is in no way an attempt to curb the constitutional rights of any service members,” Wicker said on Monday in his weekly report. “The Navy has the authority to create separate programs for non-religious expression. My effort ...
After 43 members of Congress signed a letter asking the the U.S. Navy to deny the appointment of a secular-humanist to the Navy Chaplain Corps., it denied his application. Colorado Rep Doug Lamborn (R) and Missouri Rep. Vicky Hartzler wrote the letter, which was signed by 43 other members of ...
I've already written about some of the obvious contradictions and hypocrisy in Trump's convenient response to allegations of misconduct toward women by powerful white men and powerless black men. The New York Times has more examples of how hypocritically he applies those standards even to the ...
The conference is “an all-day event that will center the sociopolitical insight, leadership, and strategies of secular, humanist, and atheist activists of color ... For more information on this all day event “dedicated to connecting secular humanist values with strategies for transformational social justice through ...
“Does a secular humanist who follows his or her heart and lives in general by the 'Golden Rule' have a chance of seeing Heaven, Paradise, gaining eternal life, etc., without the aid or direction of a Holy Book, organized religion, or the guidance of a pastor, minister, priest, imam, rabbi, holy man or woman?”.
Is secular humanism and socialist public policy infecting the highest levels of the Catholic Church, and weakening its commitment to human life? Other actions taken by Pope Francis raise even more concerns. In August 2016, Francis appointed Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia as president of the Vatican's ...
News emanating from the Vatican caught my attention this week. In an interview with Vatican Insider, Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo — the chancellor of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Science — proclaimed the People's Republic of China as the country which is “implementing Catholic ...
Atheism hasn't been well served by some of its more shrill adherents in recent years. In his new book, the philosopher John Gray tries to correct that lack by exploring the rich, complex world of non-belief, from the secular humanism of Bertrand Russell to the atheism of silence of Spinoza. One of our most ...
At least one public intellectual has come up with a critical read on modern day culture that is worth reviewing, and not just because it will make feminists howl. “Modern works, inspired or influenced by secular humanism, can be likened to the divorcee who has deserted the Bridegroom and wandered off into ...
Many conservatives look askance at the nation's universities, listing grievances about liberal bias, political correctness, relaxed social mores, and secular humanist ideologies. Evangelicals in particular, have long harbored misgivings about academia, viewing universities as places where faith goes to die.
Does a secular humanist who follows his or her heart and lives in general by the 'Golden Rule' have a chance of seeing Heaven, Paradise, gaining eternal life, etc., without the aid or direction of a Holy Book, organized religion, or the guidance of a pastor, minister, priest, imam, rabbi, holy man or woman? Rev. Ray Lanning ...
"We are citizens of the Universe and are excited by discoveries still to be made in the Cosmos." — Paul Kurtz. Last month, Jennifer Doudna, PhD, was acknowledged for her discovery of the tool for gene editing called CRISPR, a technique with great potential to eradicate disease and feed the hungry.
The major bond among secular humanist Jews – besides being fiercely Jewish — is disbelief in God's existence. Whether atheist, agnostic, or just skeptics, we're not on board even with the metaphorical God described by Reconstructionists as “… the power in the cosmos that … enables human beings to ...
The editorial quotes from Justice David Souter's 2002 minority opinion concerning the Cleveland, Ohio, school voucher program. In that opinion, Justice Souter mentions many world religions. However, he leaves one out, namely secular humanism. The word “religion” means “a specific fundamental set of ...
“Knowing Swedish decision-makers and integrating with them has an impact on reaching decision-making bodies,” Tara Twana, Kurdish Member of the Stockholm County Council said. Twana, a self-described social democrat and secular humanist and feminist, explained that many in diaspora are capable ...
"We believe that scientific discovery and technology can contribute to the betterment of human life." — Paul Kurtz. In an exchange with a friend, I was asked who I thought should be TIME Magazine's Person of the Year. It was most impressive that this friend correctly predicted the eventual winner(s): "The ...
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The family of five in which I grew up includes individuals who, at one time or another, as adults have been, or are currently, secular humanist, Methodist, Jewish, Greek Orthodox, Episcopalian, Quaker, Unitarian, and agnostic. Yet we all have shared a common rock-solid set of core values that cherishes ...
In his book, Listen America, Falwell listed abortion, pornography, homosexuality, divorce, and secular humanism as the major ills threatening America. (Note: Through another unintended consequence, I credit Falwell for introducing me to the “ills” of secular humanism, which I've identified with ever since.).
"We are deeply concerned with the moral education of our children. We want to nourish reason and compassion." — Paul Kurtz. In a recent Time special titled, "The Science of Childhood (Inside the Minds of Our Younger Selves)," it was stated that at age 6 years, children often ask "What will happen if...".
I mean, all I would say is how has it worked out for us as a country where secular, humanism, and progressivism has supplanted the understanding that without virtue, there is no real freedom. Freedom without virtue is chaos. KILMEADE: But there's a lot of people that don't go to church, and they don't open ...
... as the best route to understanding our planet and its tiny place in the cosmos then you are a naturalist and have taken a significant step in the direction of secular humanism. ... Facing the fact that we are but a "blip in cosmic time and space " is difficult for some but is liberating for the secular humanist.
In the future I want to spend more time tackling topics related to secular humanism, with a greater focus on the humanistic aspects as opposed to the secular aspects ... As a way of getting my readers to know more about various secular humanist groups in Latin America I'll enable you to go directly to them!
"We are skeptical of untested claims to knowledge, and we are open to novel ideas and seek new departures in our thinking." - Paul Kurtz. Goddess cults are based on untested claims to knowledge. Each May brings Mother's Day and the veneration of a virgin named Mary as the most excellent woman ever ...
News emanating from the Vatican caught my attention this week. In an interview with Vatican Insider, Argentinean Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo — the chancellor of the Vatican's Pontifical Academy of Science — proclaimed the People's Republic of China as the country which is “implementing Catholic ...
Teaching that there is no hope of anything but the here and now, secular humanism, and its fatalistic views which include no God, no afterlife and no purpose in life have left the masses hopeless to embrace a philosophy of eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die. Is it any wonder why so many today ...
I served a satisfying three years as executive director of the Council for Secular Humanism, working with and for leading atheists like Paul Kurtz and Tom Flynn. Then, a few years later, I served for over two years as the president of American Atheists, with bright, inspiring colleagues like Kathleen Johnson ...
There's an early scene in first-time narrative feature director Margaret Betts' Novitiate — a secular humanist drama about the religious passion of nuns, set in Tennessee in 1964 — in which a teenage novice laughingly admits that Audrey Hepburn in The Nun's Story inspired her to devote her life to the ...
Nonetheless, we all must ditch the rose-tinted spectacles of John Lennon's ballad, “Imagine”. Solzhenitsyn's “The Gulag Archipelago” and Huxley's “Brave New World” are far more accurate, sobering accounts of secular humanist societies. A militant thoroughly secular, thoroughly humanist North Korea ...


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