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September 2022

"You Are Evil and You Must Be Destroyed": Regaining our Humanity in an Inhumane World

3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17
Kick off the new HumanistsMN program year with Seth Andrews, host of The Thinking Atheist podcast. Technology – and COVID – have heightened our tribal tendencies to “other” those unlike us, those who dare to be different or disagree with us. Online culture has become exhausting as we argue with strangers and lose sight of our humanity. Too often we characterize others as “evil” people who must be “destroyed.”  With humor and compassion, Seth will help us rethink our response to our antagonists – both online and face to face – and offer some antidotes to our increasingly toxic culture. 
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October Community Gathering
Oct. 15 – The Roberts Supreme Court: An Appraisal. Speaker: Timothy Johnson, professor of law and political science at the University of Minnesota.
Are Armchair Activists So Bad?

By Ellie Haylund

Marie sees that Roe v. Wade was overturned. She heads to Instagram and posts about her outrage. Her post gets dozens of “likes,” but within a day, it has become buried in people’s feeds and minds. Carl also finds out about Roe v. Wade and springs into action behind his phone screen. He finds a reputable organization to donate to and posts a link on Facebook. Friends and acquaintances see this post and are inspired. They donate $500 cumulatively via his link. These scenarios are unquestionably common these days. As humanists who care about the world, we are faced with an onslaught of new injustices, problems, and tragedies daily. We can feel tapped out on emotions, time, and in some cases, money.

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Book Documents History of Free Speech, Calls for Vigilance to Defend It

By Nathan Curland

 What is “free speech”? Why is it important? Are there limits, or is every utterance permissible? What does history tell us about this topic? These are the questions that Jacob Mchangama tackles in Free Speech: A History from Socrates to Social Media. Highly praised by such notable intellectuals as Steven Pinker and Nadine Strossen, the 400-page tome has been called the most complete history and discussion of free speech ever written. Mchangama is the founder and executive director of the Danish think tank Justitia. His activism came to a head following the 2015 jihadist attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for publishing cartoons mocking Mohammed.

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HumanistsMN Stands Up for Abortion Access
An HMN contingent joined the July 17 March for Abortion Access to protest the Supreme Court decision to gut the constitutional right to abortion and demand that Minnesota be a leader in securing reproductive freedom for all. See our statement on the Supreme Court ruling.
Summertime and the Livin' Is the HumanistsMN Picnic!

Humanists gathered at the Jaycees Shelter in Roseville in July for food, games, and comradery at HMN's 2022 annual picnic. Activities included giant Jenga, bean bag toss, a trivia contest led by President Ellie Haylund, and door prizes handed out by Stephanie Schwinn to "the mostest" picknickers (youngest, traveled the farthest, etc.). 

Our great humanist cooks contributed a cornucopia of salads, sides, and desserts, while Hart Hauge provided locally sourced hamburgers and grilled them with Taylor Spreeman.

Sophie Phoung Le collected books for the Hennepin County Medical Center Psychiatric Unit. Audrey Kingstrom, Mitch Thompson, and Jerry Smith also helped plan the picnic.

Thanks to all who helped create this day of humanist fun!

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Support the ACLU with Fellow Humanists!

HumanistsMN invites you to attend an Oct. 12 fundraising breakfast for the ACLU of Minnesota. The ACLU fights to protect civil rights and civil liberties, its work aligning with humanist values in many areas: separation of religion and government, abortion access, racial justice, voting rights, LGBTQ rights, and more.

The HMN Board has agreed to contribute $1,000 to sponsor "Breakfast with a Side of Dissent," a free, one-hour event that will be filled with inspirational stories from ACLU clients, staff, and board members. As a sponsor, we will get a small ad in the event program and recognition in a slideshow.

In addition, we will have a table at the event and hope you will join us if you would like to learn more about the ACLU and/or make a personal donation. Please RSVP at this link and select Suzanne Perry/HumanistsMN from the list of Table Hosts. Before or after you RSVP, please let Suzanne know if you’ll be attending at 
July and August New Members
Welcome to Richard Dale, Jane R. Dunlevy, Ruth KimballJennifer Morrow, Mary Runestad, Danielle Smith, Kim Tyson, and David Winterfeldt. We look forward to seeing you at our monthly Community Gatherings and other events!
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The HumanistsMN board meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month. All members are welcome. Contact for details.

HumanistsMN is a secular community that promotes ethical living, widespread human flourishing, and a healthy planet through its commitment to science, reason, compassion, and creativity.

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