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.