Jul 29

Open Letter to Pierce County Council

Concerned Humanists and Allies, HOW President Sam Mulvey will present the following letter to the Pierce County Council on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the 3 pm council meeting.  Please sign below by leaving a comment, including your name and location.

Esteemed Pierce County Councilmembers,
We, the undersigned, strongly oppose a resolution that would create a prominent, permanent display of the words “In God We Trust” in the Pierce County Council Chambers.

The resolution describes the phrase as “inspiring” and provides “a profound source of strength and guidance”. On the contrary: it is hardly does so for all Pierce County residents. According to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey, 25% of Washington adults have no religion, and Pew Research Center reports that one in three young adults in America is nonreligious. Additionally, the term “God” is rooted in a Judeo-Christian tradition that excludes adherents of minority religions as well as nonbelievers.

A far cry from celebrating our national heritage, the Council’s adoption of the motto would harken to a time in our national history when atheism, Humanism, and communism were conflated and reviled; the phrase only usurped our national motto in 1956 during the Cold War.

As James Madison wrote in 1788: “There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermeddle with religion. Its least interference with it, would be a most flagrant usurpation.”

Pierce County Council, refrain from intermeddling. Remain representative of all your constituents, and do not display divisive and exclusive messages in our Chamber.

 

Humanists of Washington

 

Name
Name
Anu Ramanathan
Nick Kennedy
Brandon Ivey
Josh Rizeberg
Linda Pomeroy
Linda Pomeroy
Tristan Carette-Meyers
Maximilian Hyland
Aaron Myracle
Jeniffer Alfaro
Jeniffer Alfaro
Carmel Thompson
Cheryl Overley
Malissa Page
Jessica Cordova
Theresa Pollard
Eleanor Morris
Eleanor Morris
Tracy H.
Amber Case
Ashley Keiser
Michael Segers
Tom Bates
Jen Potter
Daniel Sande
Michael Hernandez
Jennifer Ostlund
Jim Malone
Julia Larson
Tom Malmevik
Sherri Hall
Michael Keiser
Roslyn Townsend
Bonnie Warner
Manuel Matos
Ulrike Dunlap
Tom Smith
Rich Lyons
Kajal Deepak
Steven DuBois
Kenneth Horn
Sean Duncan
Mike Gillis
Caiden Sacks
Iris Tio
Constance Brumm
Michelle Newland
Jason McDonald
Tyson Pfingston
John Burton
Patricia Menzies
Dave
Darren Garvin
F Avery Bishop
Ben Gregory
Ray Newland
Tara Cross
Edward Lang
Jane Pulliam
Chris Wukasch
Elisha Parks
Misha Balch
Kathleen Foley
James Ulness
Jackie Harris
Valerie Tarico
Misty Ashbrook
Gregg Sperling
James Anthony
Sara Finch
Sean DeButts
Joseph Colombo
Kristina Jones
sara dundin
Frank Blair
Brett Hansen
Elizabeth DeNoma
Erika Clayton
Daniel Hansen
Brad Tankersley
Douglas Bowers
Brian Vitsmun
Ruth Pyren
Suzan whitehouse
Monica Flynn
Mike House
Daniel Mauch
Kami Olsen
Adarsh Panikkar
Katelyn Driskill
Gregory R King
Deanna Joy Lyons
Scot Junglas
Don Morris
Jeff Nathan
Matt Griscom
Allan Poobus
Ari Stolar
Audrey Moreland
Heidi Van Auken
Donald Serna-Grey
Benee Kent
Amber Kost
Tom Newhof
Adrian Brown
Steven Spencer
Darcy Davis
Adam Smith
Melissa Watts
Lance Finney
April Rasmussen
Rada Bittner-Rozenberg
Marshall Goldberg
Bridget Lombardo
Raymond s Harig
Paul Mopps
Raymond s Harig
Rich Kingdon
Bob Seidensticker
Aaron Flett
Rebecca Vitsmun
Jen Mayer
Randi Stumpp
Joshua Oberg
Robert Ray
Keith Barnes
Michael Marion
Natalie Koonce
Christopher Hawthorne
Rebecca Friedman
Sam Mulvey

 

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Jul 28

CALL TO ACTION: In god we trust?

On Monday, July 28th, H.O.W. President Sam Mulvey and Secretary Becky Friedman attended a committee meeting of the Pierce County Council where District 3 Councilmember Jim McCune proposed a resolution to permanently display “In God We Trust” in a prominent location in Pierce County Council chambers. Sam testified to the divisive nature of the display, and spoke of the Christian dominionist groundings of the nationwide movement to install such displays in governmental buildings.

The resolution will come before the full council on Tuesday, July 28 at 3 pm at the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma. Councilmember McCune has stacked public comment session with pro-God, pro-Christian speakers. We need your help in several important ways:

  1. Pierce County residents, email your district representative, especially if you are a constituent in Districts 1, 2, 3, 6 or 7.  (Councilmembers Ladenburg and Talbert of Districts 4 and 5 are already on the record opposing the resolution).
  2. Encourage your fellow residents to do the same, stating your opposition to R2014-80s.
  3. Thank Councilmembers Ladenburg and Talbert for their commitment to inclusiveness, and their willingness to focus on religion-free governmental administration.
  4. Send this message along through email, word of mouth, and social media.  Several councilmembers expressed astonishment that the resolution would be considered controversial, since they rarely heard from any of their constituents that such a message could be perceived as exclusive or offensive.
  5. Email the Board for details on where to gather at 1 pm on Tues, July 29 to strategize testimony for the public comment session.
  6. Sign your name in our open letter to the Pierce County Council opposing this resolution.

Note that feedback from outside the county tends to be ignored by councilmembers, so if you reside or work outside Pierce, help mobilize Pierce residents to voice their concerns! This doesn’t just apply to Humanists and atheists, but to all those for whom trust in a Judeo-Christian god does not apply.

 

Jul 14

Freethinkers Celebrate Independence Day

Humanists of Washington, in collaboration with Seattle Atheists, hosted freethinkers from around the Puget Sound as we gathered in Seattle’s Ravenna Park to celebrate Independence Day with a potluck picnic.  The beautiful weather and open spaces allowed for a relaxed, fun-filled day where skeptics, atheists, humanists, agnostics, and those seeking inquiry and camaraderie celebrated and socialized.

H.O.W. thanks all who attended, prepared delicious dishes and treats to share, brought toys and games for kids of all ages, and helped with set up and clean up.  At a time when patriotism is often linked with religiosity, when freedom can morph into freedom to exert one’s religious practices through policy, when reason is threatened by magical thinking, it is vitally important for those aligned with a freethinking lifestance to proudly remain visible and vocal.  Thank you to all, and have a wonderful summer!

Nov 18

HOW Condemns Proposed County Budget Allocation

For Immediate Release

Contact: Sam Mulvey, president@humanistsofwashington.org

(TACOMA, WA, Nov. 17, 2013) — The Humanists of Washington strongly condemns a last-minute amendment to the Pierce County, Washington 2014 budget that grants $7,000 to the local chapter of The Child Evangelism Fellowship.

Third District Council member Jim McCune, chief proponent of the allocation, claims the money will not go towards religious items. However, according to CEF’s website, their purpose is “to evangelize boys and girls with the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, disciple them in the Word of God and establish them in a Bible believing church for Christian living.” Both the federal and state constitutions specifically prohibit taxpayers paying for religious establishment.

“The County has no business using tax dollars to fund a religious organization’s evangelism activities,” said Humanists of Washington President Sam Mulvey. On his local radio show Ask An Atheist, Mulvey posed the rhetorical question “Imagine if Tacoma gave me $1500 […] to take your children […] and tell them that religion poisons everything. Is that something you would like? Is that something you want in schools?” He continued, “The concept of a secular government protects the people in the minority [as well as] people the majority.”

The Child Evangelism Fellowship gained attention for its religious youth clubs that frequently meet on school grounds, blurring the line between secular public schooling and religious worship in the minds of grade schoolers.

Humanists of Washington encourages residents of Pierce County to attend the final public comment session on the 2014 budget at the City County Building in Tacoma on Tuesday, November 19 at 3 pm. Additionally, concerned citizens may email council members here to demand the allotment for CEF be removed from the final approved budget.

 

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The Humanists of Washington (www.humanistsofwashington.org) is a statewide freethought association dedicated to the principles of Secular Humanism, which espouses a life-affirming, secular view of the universe built on a foundation of reason, science, and democracy.

Oct 31

Potluck Solstice Celebration

candleHumanists of Washington, together with Seattle Atheists, will gather to celebrate the coming winter solstice!

When: Saturday, Dec. 14 5pm-8pm
Where: University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th AVE NE Seattle, WA 98115 (map | by bus)
What to bring: A dish to share with 8 or more people. Ingredient labels are appreciated for those with allergies and dietary restrictions.

Freethinkers of all ages and affiliations from around western Washington are welcome and encouraged at this family-friendly event!

After we clean up, those wanting to continue the revelry late into the evening will meet at a nearby establishment.  Stay tuned from H.O.W leadership for location.

 

Apr 16

Welcome!

fair boothHumanists of Washington (HOW) is a freethought association dedicated to the principles of Secular Humanism.

We seek to foster a statewide interconnected community of Humanists who participate together in education, camaraderie, and the celebration of life.

If you are a thinking and concerned nontheist, you are not alone!

 

HOW is an independent, nonprofit corporation recognized under IRS Code 501(c)(3) as an educational (non-religious) organization. All our programs and activities are under the sole direction and control of an autonomous, duly-elected Board of Trustees.