The Reason Rally was held on March 24, 2012 to support secularism and religious skepticism. The march and program that took place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. was sponsored by several major secular and atheist organizations. According to reports from The Atlantic, 20,000 people attended the event.
The Humanist Manifestos are a series of statements which outline the core beliefs of the Humanist movement. The first, A Humanist Manifesto (1933) was primarily written by Raymond Bragg with 34 co-signers and published in the May/June 1933 issue of the New Humanist. Unlike subsequent manifestos, A Humanist Manifesto refers to Humanism as a “religious movement” that would transcend other religious systems that were steeped in the supernatural. Humanist Manifesto II (1973) was written by Paul Kurtz and Edwin H. Wilson and published in the September/October... Read more about Humanist Manifesto
A system of philosophy developed in India around 600 BCE and named after its founder, Carvaka. Although virtually no writings from its followers have survived, was known to emphasize rational thought and skepticism over and against the mystical and supernatural.
Representative Pete Stark (1931-) is the first openly atheist member of the United States Congress. His beliefs became known in 2007 when he responded to a Secular Coalition for America questionnaire, a stance he publicly announced that same year. Stark (D-CA) was named Humanist of the Year in 2008 by the American Humanist Association. He worked with the AHA to introduce a Congressional bill that would recognize February 12, 2011 as “Darwin Day,” in honor of Charles Darwin.
Eugene Wesley “Gene” Roddenberry (1921-1991 CE) was the creator of the immensely popular Star Trek, a franchise that includes seven television series and ten movies. Roddenberry, a Humanist, expressed through his life’s work a hopeful view of humanity’s future.
Multivalent terms that often are used to describe people (or their worldview) who reject the practices, dogma, and creeds of established religious traditions. Some people, on the other hand, may identify as Humanist and also consider this either a belief system unto itself or a complement to a theistic worldview.
Christopher Hitchens (1949–2011) was a British American author and journalist and one of the most well known public faces of the “New Atheists.” He was an outspoken critic of religion and authored God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything (2007).
Richard Dawkins (1941–) is a British evolutionary biologist who became a well known public face of the “New Atheists” movement that gained ground during the early 21st century. Dawkins’ most famous works include The Selfish Gene (1976), The Blind Watchmaker (1986), and The God Delusion (2006).
Younger generations are creating new movements and trends within American Humanism. Among their efforts are legal challenges to religion in public spaces; networks of Humanist student groups at universities, colleges, and high schools; and large, secular gatherings, including Reason Rallies in 2012 and 2016, that have captured national attention.... Read more about New Directions for Humanism
Writers and public figures with large audiences have contributed to the increasing popularity of atheism and Humanism in the United States. Thousands of people attended the 2012 Reason Rally, demonstrating the rise of atheism as a political movement, yet many atheists and Humanists experience marginalization within American culture and the challenge of translating a mostly intellectual doctrine into a social movement.... Read more about Humanism in America Today
Enlightenment principles and liberal religious movements shaped the Humanist worldview which prioritizes reason, scientific critique, civil freedoms, compassion, and pragmatic ethics. These non-religious guiding values form the center of a belief system that rejects the supernatural, reaffirms universal human dignity, and places trust in the ability of cooperative human effort to create a better future.... Read more about Humanism as a Belief System
Contemporary Humanism draws its lineage from a branching intellectual genealogy that includes South Asian atheists, classical philosophers, medieval Muslim scholars, and Enlightenment culture. Like their forebears, modern Humanists and atheists concern themselves with rationality, science, the perceptible world, and human life, rather than with potential divine realms or deities.... Read more about Humanist History