This address was written for a demonstation in Boston in support of free speech on September 30, 2012, Blashphemy Day. This year's Blasphemy Day is particularly important given the violence in the Middle East sparked by an obscure, anti-Muslim YouTube video. Read more about An Address on Blasphemy Day, Sunday, September 30, 2012 »
A new organization was launched today -- Secular Woman. According to their press release:
"The mission of Secular Woman is to amplify the voice, presence, and influence of non-religious women."
The group already has a clearly articulated vision, set of value statements and a set of programs and resources planned to accomplish their mission. All of these are available on a well-designed website and a Facebook group. Read more about Secular Woman »
[This post was also published by the FFRF News. Ellery is a lifetime member of the Freedom From Religion Foundation. The FFRF, based in Madison, Wis., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational charity, is the nation's largest association of freethinkers (atheists, agnostics), and has been working since 1978 to keep religion and government separate.]
Today is the 50th anniversary of the Engel decision.
I write in remembrance and appreciation. Read more about Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of a Landmark Prayer Case »
There is a separation of church and state case right in our own back yard. In February, 2012, an Acton family sued the Acton-Boxborough school district because of the "under God" clause in the Pledge of Allegiance. The family, who are Humanists, wish the schools to return to the original, inclusive version which does not equate belief in God with patriotism. Read more about One Nation, Undivided: The Acton-Boxborough Pledge Case »
The Concord Area Humanists got started early in 2009. Several friends who are members of the Unitarian Universalist First Parish in Concord advertised their intent to start the group and, on a snowy Thursday, January 8th, 46 people attended the "Founding Meeting".