John Keller of the Immigrant Law Center will be speaking on Immigration Reform: Battles, Bargains and Benefits. Join us to hear the latest on legislation currently making its way through Congress. Lunch to follow.
We urge humanists across the state of Minnesota to advocate for marriage equality by talking to their legislators, neighbors, co-workers, friends and family. Now is the time to legalize same-sex marriage. Help make it a reality.
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I almost didn’t go. After all, I have been at the state capitol plenty of times this legislative session. But my activist son insisted that it would be a historic occasion. And indeed it was! It turned out to be an exhilarating experience to be at the capitol on Thursday, May 9 and Monday, May 13 when the Minnesota House and Senate respectively voted to broaden the legal definition of marriage to include gay and lesbian couples. It was great to run into many friends and acquaintances, including fellow happy humanists, Michael and Jim Ryan, shown here.
Democracy is built upon the humanist conviction that we humans alone are responsible for our destiny—not merely our own individual destiny but that of our communities, states, nations and world (at least for the short-term, evolutionarily speaking). Every citizen should be engaged in our common civic lives--but humanists should be especially conscientious about our public duties.
Scott Lohman interviews Maggie Koerth-Baker, author of Before the Lights Go Out: Conquering the Energy Crisis Before It Conquers Us (Amazon).
Nathan Curland interviews August Berkshire, former president of Minnesota Atheists and recipient of the Outstanding Humanist award. They discuss free will, a topic of interest to many humanists. They ask whether free will is simply an illusion.
The current debate in the halls of Congress and in state houses around the country surrounding legislation to curb gun violence is indeed a contentious one. Earlier this legislative session, I attended three hearings at the Minnesota state capitol on proposed gun legislation. As I listened to the testimony of gun rights activists and engaged in conversation with them in the hallways, I became more and more troubled by what I heard.
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