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What Do Humanists Make of the Burkini Ban?

Last week French police cited a Muslim woman for wearing a hijab on a beach in Nice, France, and ordered her to remove her headscarf, marking the latest incident in a clash over religious freedom, women’s rights, and national security in France. As reported by the French news agency Agence France-Presse, Siam (who only gave…
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Women’s Rights and Religious Liberty: What California and Illinois’s Laws against Crisis Pregnancy Centers Can Teach Humanists

Last week, two crisis pregnancy centers and a pro-life physician, represented by the conservative legal advocacy group Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), sued the state of Illinois after Governor Bruce Rauner (R) signed off on new requirements for health care facilities. Passed this year, Senate Bill 1564 amends the state’s Health Care Rights of Conscience Act…
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Democrats Should Know that Religion Is Not a Litmus Test for Public Office

Just days before the Democratic National Convention began in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, WikiLeaks released over 20,000 confidential documents from the Democratic National Committee (DNC), including internal emails among key DNC staff members. The emails, dated between January 2015 to May 2016, allegedly show the DNC working to support Hillary Clinton’s campaign over her opponent Bernie Sanders,…
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So-Called “First Amendment Defense Act” Would Actually Weaken Civil Liberties

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend a U.S. House committee hearing on the First Amendment Defense Act (FADA). The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, chaired by Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), heard from a panel of expert witnesses on the scope and effect of FADA. Introduced by Rep. Raúl Labrador (R-ID), FADA would prohibit…
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Humanists Celebrate Major Victory for Reproductive Rights

Today I attended the rally outside of the U.S. Supreme Court in anticipation of the decision on Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the most significant abortion case to be decided by the Court since Planned Parenthood v. Casey in 1992. Casey reaffirmed the Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, holding that the Constitution guarantees the…
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Reason Rally’s Advocacy Days

Yesterday I participated in the Reason Rally’s Advocacy Days in Washington, D.C. sponsored by the Secular Coalition for America, the national lobby representing the interests of atheists, humanists, agnostics, freethinkers and other nontheistic Americans. I met with the staff of Alabama senators Sen. Richard Shelby (R) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R) to advocate for the…
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