Yearly Archives: 2017


True Pagan Roots of Winter Holidays

By | 2017-12-04T03:26:10+00:00 December 4th, 2017|Uncategorized|

By Mel Lipman.  Mel is former president of the American Humanist Association, and founding member of the Humanist Association of Las Vegas.  Today Mel provides an in depth look at the Pagan roots of the winter holidays. In a few weeks we will be immersed in our culture's celebration of winter.  If we don't dwell too [...]

The Core of Humanism

By | 2017-11-19T06:27:18+00:00 November 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

BY:  Hyrum H. Huskey Jr. Hyrum H. Huskey Jr. is a Las Vegas published writer and member of the Southern Nevada and Las Vegas Writers groups. He retired from a succession of "careers" as a commissioned military officer, education counselor, college Dean of Student Services, and public transit executive. For four years, he was a [...]

Smile! There is No God! Excerpts from a talk by Herb Silverman

By | 2017-10-24T19:01:47+00:00 October 24th, 2017|Humanism|

HERB SILVERMAN is the founder of the Secular Coalition for America and of the Secular Humanists of the Lowcountry in Charleston, South Carolina. He is Distinguished Mathematics Professor Emeritus of the College of Charleston and the author of Candidate without a Prayer: An Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt (Pitchstone, 2012). His latest book is An [...]

Dealing with Death When You Do Not Believe in an “After-Life”

By | 2018-05-24T01:50:45+00:00 October 6th, 2017|Uncategorized|

In January of 2016, my father had several unexplained seizures. Doctors discovered multiple tumors in his brain, and later in other organs throughout his body. He died in March of that same year at the age of 64. In April, my friend Dave was hit by a drunk driver who was speeding in a stolen [...]

What is the Humanist Alternative to Prayer?

By | 2017-10-04T19:37:24+00:00 October 4th, 2017|Humanism|

What do you do when you feel bad about things that are happening to other people but aren’t able to help them? If I were Christian I would pray for them. What is the humanist alternative to prayer? I asked this question many years ago when I was in seminary at Scarritt College for Christian [...]

Trump and Autocracy

By | 2017-10-04T19:20:49+00:00 September 19th, 2017|Uncategorized|

A Talk by Mel Lipman, HUUmanist Forum, August 27, 2017 The poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti celebrated his 98th birthday a few months ago.  In 2007, after we learned that we were lied to by our government regarding Iraq's  “weapons of mass destruction”,  he wrote a poem called “Pity the Nation”.  Unfortunately, that poem has become even [...]

Humanism in the Time of Trump

By | 2017-09-19T08:07:18+00:00 September 18th, 2017|Uncategorized|

The following thoughts are from our member Hyrum H. Huskey Jr. It’s mind-boggling to me. These last few months of the ascendancy of our latest President will surely be referred to by future historians as “The Time of Trump”. Life goes on amid disbelief, chaos, inconceivable Cabinet appointments, attacks on the press, and overreactions by [...]

Will the Tuam Babies Scandal Ignite an Investigation into Church-State Relations in Ireland?

By | 2017-09-19T08:10:15+00:00 September 16th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Sometimes I think it is easy to forget why the basic principle of separation of church and state is so important. This shocking article was in the online publication (Link to website and article) In 2012 amateur historian Catherine Corless began investigating the abandoned Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway, [...]

Transgender Rights Under Attack – AHA Condemns Justice Dept Actions

By | 2017-09-19T08:11:01+00:00 September 15th, 2017|Uncategorized|

HA Executive Director Roy Speckhardt Responds to President Trump’s Decision to Reverse Protections for Transgender Students “President Trump continues to show his complete disregard for basic human rights in his decision to reverse the Obama administration’s vital protections for transgender students. We humanists oppose discriminatory claims, largely perpetuated by extremist religious groups, that transgender students [...]