The Humanists of Idaho is a chapter of the American Humanist Association and the Council for Secular Humanism. We are a nonprofit corporation organized to promote ethical, democratic, and naturalistic Humanism in the state of Idaho through public awareness, education and community involvement.
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Humanism is a
rational philosophy informed by science, inspired by art, and motivated by compassion. It affirms the dignity of each human being and supports individual liberty consonant with social and planetary responsibility. Humanism advocates participatory democracy, the open society, human rights, and social justice. Free of supernaturalism, it recognizes human beings as part of nature and holds that all values—be they religious, ethical, social, or political—have their source in human nature, experience, and culture. Humanism thus derives the goals of life from human need and interest rather than from theological and ideological abstractions, and asserts that humanity must take responsibility for its own destiny. —The Humanist,
Official publication of the American Humanist Association
President’s Report: Annual Meeting May 22nd
What is your concept of what a humanist group should do? What are your priorities for promoting humanism in our own communities? How do you think our organization should operate? Have you wanted to make a difference for Humanism in Idaho? Your big chance is coming up Monday, May 22! That’s when Humanists of Idaho will hold our annual elections meeting at 7:00 p.m., prior to the general interest program at 7:30 p.m. Now don’t panic – you won’t be roped into doing anything you don’t want to do! We have at least one agreeable nominee for each office: President Paul Rolig, Vice President Doug ―Van‖ Van Curen, Secretary Nancy Rolig, and Treasurer Laurie Rollins have all agreed to stand for reelection. However, Laurie has let it be known that she may be returning to Connecticut later this year, so another candidate for Treasurer would be welcome. Nevertheless, Laurie has said she will serve as long as she is in Idaho. More nominees for these offices are certainly welcome. None of us would be offended by anyone else stepping up to run. All of us are committed to making HOI a success.
General Interest Program: Boise’s Homeless Sanctuary
For the general interest program for our May meeting, we have invited one of the leaders of the Sanctuary project to describe that effort this past winter to provide shelter for the homeless in Boise. The leaders of The Interfaith Alliance of Idaho spearheaded the Sanctuary project. As of press time, we are not sure exactly which one of these leaders will attend, but whichever one does will share with us the efforts that went into making Sanctuary a reality. Since one of the driving forces behind this effort was to provide a shelter that did not require beneficiaries to submit to proselytizing by fundamentalists, it seems that humanists should try to help support this project. Please come and hear firsthand the challenges of making a program like this work.
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Program on the Boise Sanctuary Project Monday, May 22nd Meeting
The Flicks in Boise 646 Fulton, at 6th and Myrtle 6:30 PM Board/ 7:00 PM Business meeting/Elections 7:30 PM Program
All Humanist of Idaho members in good standing please come to this meeting to support our organization and vote for officers for 2006-07. Nominations for officers are all incumbents: Non Board officers Permanent Building Fund: Paul Rolig Newsletter Editor: Nancy Rolig Publicity: Doug Van Curen Charitable Giving: Jan Rowe Membership: Nancy Rolig Webmaster/Email: Doug Van Curen Nominations will be taken from the floor on Monday night. As you can see, some people have offered to continue to do multiple jobs, so any other volunteers would be appreciated. We will have a speaker from the Interfaith Alliance who has been one of the leaders in this last winter Sanctuary project to find the homeless in Boise shelter that did not require any religious commitment. You can find out more about what humanists can do to help in our community. After the meeting, we can stroll over to the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial at the end of 8th Street behind the Boise Public Library, and admire our new brick! It is engraved, ―HUMANISTS OF IDAHO‖ and is on the east side of the brick-paved area. .BUUF Discussion Group Second Sunday of the Month at 9 AM Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 6200 Garrett, Garden City Board of Directors: President: Paul Rolig. Vice President: Doug Van Curen Treasurer: Laurie Rollins Secretary: Nancy Rolig
Sunday, June 11th Meeting
The June meeting will begin at 9:00 am sharp so we can finish before the 10 am (summer schedule) BUUF service. We will have a planning session for the group to present Humanism to the Unitarian Univeralist regional assembly in February. The event will have UU members from all over the West attending. We are hoping to find an interesting and entertaining way to present our philosophy and tenets. Bring your ideas and we will get the ball rolling to get the program organized. At the May meeting the discussion of Modernism vs Post-Modernism was continued. We examined where Humanists fit in the Modernism and Post-Modernism world. One of the conclusions we came to was that Humanists seem to be for the most part Modernists. We see the rise Post-Modernism and religious fundementalism as both reactions to Modernism and the Enlightenment.
By the time you read this article, you should have found two copies of our newly revised HOI brochure tucked inside your newsletter this month. Credit for the composition goes to various folks who have been active in HOI over the years. This edition is just slightly updated from editions from a few years ago. Please keep one copy for your own ready reference, and distribute the other copy to a friend or relative who may have expressed curiosity about humanism, or leave it in a public place. Of course, more copies are available. Just let Nancy or Paul Rolig know how many copies you would like!
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"The Humanist Perspective" on TVTV Tuesday 6:00 p.m.
Those of you with CableOne will now be able to watch an explicitly Humanist TV program on a weekly basis! Sorry to say, this does apply to cable only, not to satellite dish systems. The Council for Secular Humanism (CSH) produces a weekly half-hour television program exploring issues of interest from a humanist point of view. These are recorded and made available to local affiliates to sponsor on local TV channels. Boise's local cable access television station, TVTV, is carried as Channel 11 on the local cable provider, CableOne. TVTV carries locally produced programs, such as the one done each week by the Idaho Atheists, and they fill available time with programs not necessarily produced locally, but sponsored by local groups. About 50% of TVTV's current programming is religious in nature. "The Humanist Perspective" now airs each Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and then repeat at 8:008:30 Wednesday morning. ―Atheist Viewpoint‖ is Thursday 6:00 p.m., and Idaho Atheists’ local ―Uncommon Sense‖ is Saturday at 9:30 p.m. To check on programming schedules, see the website at www.tvpatv.org.
World Humanist Day Wednesday June 21st
Come celebrate World Humanist Day on Tuesday, June 21 at 6 PM at Jullion Park at 3801 Jullion Way in West Boise. It is next to Summerwind Elementary School. If it rains or is too windy we will move the party to Nancy & Paul Rolig’s house nearby at 9877 W. Ripley St about a block away. Bring your own picnic dinner and a chair perhaps. The park has a couple of picnic tables and playground equipment for the kids. The day is a way to spread information about humanism and to celebrate the global community of humanists. The origins of the day date back to the 1980s, when humanist groups in the U.S., Belgium and elsewhere began celebrating World Humanist Day, although not always on the same date! In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the American Humanist Association (AHA) and the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) passed resolutions declaring the solstice, June 21, as World Humanist Day.
Summer Solstice Celebration Saturday, June 17th
Announcing Idaho Atheists annual Solstice Celebration picnic. Please come join us for some fun in the sun with fellow freethinkers. When: June 17, 2006 from 12 –- 4 p.m. Where: Boise Municipal Park, (off Walnut St. south of Warm Springs Ave near Fish & Game) Burr Oak Site #8 What: Idaho Atheists will provide the food and non-alcoholic beverages. Please bring a side dish or dessert. If you choose to bring alcoholic beverages, they must be kept in non-breakable containers. Idaho Atheists will have books and materials to give and sell.Note: No dogs are allowed in the park.
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Program for Secular Education
This e-mail was written by Marvin Straus, 303-494-4926, email@example.com, the producer and director of The Last Presentation (TLP). I am writing to your organization to introduce an exciting and ambitious project. The project will distribute a secular educational DVD to 16,000 public high schools in the United States. With assistance from many people in the secular world, work has already been completed on the video. TLP is a 38-minute educational video that targets social science high school classes on diversity, sociology, and comparative religion. This video depicts a speaker, Sara Price, presenting a nonbeliever's point-of-view to a comparative religion class. The 35 students have already heard from five speakers representing major religions. Sara's talk about freethinkers, atheists, and secular humanists is The Last Presentation given to the class. If you would like to read the TLP script, go to www.cocore.org. The download is available either as a word doc or an Adobe pdf file. Feedback from beta showings of the video have been positive, ranging from "an excellent video" to "I'm so thankful someone is doing something." Some nonbelievers, including myself, have made similar presentations to high school classes. When other speakers and I shared notes, we identified common themes. Generally, students at these social science presentations: 1) Were very interested in the opinions of nonbelievers. 2) Wanted to know more about the subject. 3) Were supportive of the speakers and his or her views. 4) Asked identical questions at different schools. A few students did display deep-seated negative feelings such as "all atheists are communists" or "since nonbelievers have no religious background to guide them, they are probably immoral and unethical." After the presentations, many students said they had a more positive view of nonbelievers. The problem: It is difficult to obtain an invitation to speak to a social science class. Teachers seldom invite nonbelievers, sometimes because they do not think of it. Attempting to contact each school or school board to ask for the opportunity to address high school students would be inefficient and time consuming. The solution: Send TLP directly to the 16,000 public, high-school teachers. By doing so, with help from your organization, we can open young minds to the secular world of logic, reason, and compassion, encourage the separation of church and state, and encourage the teaching of evolution instead of Intelligent Design. These students are future voters and potential supporters of Jefferson's wall. They will become citizens who hopefully will protect the rights of minorities, including nonbelievers. After watching the video, we hope the audience will think of nonbelievers as friends, not possible enemies. WE CAN'T DO IT WITHOUT HELP! Although the video has already been created, the cost of duplicating and mass mailing 16,000 DVDs will be $25,000. The task of raising that much money is staggering and to date, we (The Colorado Coalition of Reason-COCORE) have only received $1,100. The Fund to Distribute The Last Presentation has been established by the Freethinkers of Colorado Springs (a 501C3 organization) to receive tax-deductible donations. The fund is open now and will close September 4. If we can raise enough money, the mass mailing to high schools will take place on October 4, 2006. COCORE volunteers will pay all administrative costs, including PayPal charges, so that one hundred percent of all donations will go to the fund. Your organization can support this worthwhile project in three ways: 1) DONATE (and encourage your members) to the fund by: Mailing your check to: The Freethinkers of Colorado Springs Fund to Distribute The Last Presentation PO Box 3481 Boulder, CO 80307-3481 or Or use the Internet. Go to www.cocore.org and click on PayPal. 2) Copy this appeal to your e-mail list. Ask your members to do the same. 3) Post a link on your website to www.cocore.org. If your organization is willing to be involved in this project, please have an interested member contact me so that I can immediately send them a copy of the DVD. Thank you for your consideration.Marvin Straus, 303-494-4926,firstname.lastname@example.org
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Crisis Pregnancy Centers: More Tools in the Anti-Choice Arsenal
By ELAINE FRIEDMAN HumanistNetworkNews.org May 10, 2006 According to Planned Parenthood of Indiana, a 17-year-old girl mistakenly walked into a so-called "crisis pregnancy center" (CPC) thinking it was a Planned Parenthood clinic, which was located next door. The "clinic" took down the girl's confidential personal information and told her to come back for her appointment, which would be in their "other" office, the real Planned Parenthood office. When she showed up for her nonexistent appointment, she was met by the police, who had been erroneously tipped that a minor was being forced to undergo an abortion. The CPC staff continued their harassment by staking out the girl's house, phoning her father at work, and even telling her classmates about her pregnancy, urging them to harass her. According to the Feminist Women's Health Center, anti-abortion groups have set up crisis pregnancy centers throughout the United States. They are often located near high schools or legitimate reproductive health clinics, following a format suggested by the Pearson Foundation in its manual How to Start and Operate Your Own ProLife Outreach Crisis Pregnancy Center. Nearly all of these centers are operated by churches or religious organizations. Going by such names as Crisis Pregnancy Center, Pregnancy Aid, Birth Right, Open Door or Pregnancy Counseling Center, these "clinics" are listed in the yellow pages under abortion alternatives, clinics, medical services, or family planning although they do not provide abortions. Most offer free pregnancy tests, pregnancy "counseling" and/or ultrasounds to lure desperate or confused women According to the Feminist Women's Health Center, most CPCs will insist the woman come to their facility to obtain information and take a pregnancy test when contacted by phone. Women have reported being forced to watch grossly deceptive antiabortion videos and being bombarded with anti-choice propaganda while waiting up to an hour for their results. Some women have been denied the results of their pregnancy test when they say they want an abortion or that they need the test result to apply for medical assistance. Crisis pregnancy centers can be not only psychologically damaging but physically dangerous. Blue Carreker, vice president of public affairs and marketing for Upper Hudson Planned Parenthood, told the Institute for Humanist Studies that CPCs are staffed solely by volunteers yet take confidential patient information. Not being accountable to a professional medical organization, they can then use this information to wreak havoc with a patient's life Even more troubling is that CPCs purport to provide sensitive medical information and care. They refuse or fail to provide contraceptive information, telling unmarried women that abstinence is the only way to avoid pregnancy. They provide blatantly false information that abortion leads to great psychological and physical harm. More and more CPCs are performing ultrasounds without the aid of a medical professional, which could lead to misinterpretation of vital patient data. Patients who believe that they have received sound medical care may not go elsewhere for prenatal care. Many crisis pregnancy centers are funded by U.S. tax dollars. Because of the Bush Administration's emphasis on abstinence-only educational programs, there is growing legislative support to direct taxpayer money towards CPCs and away from clinics that provide actual reproductive services to low-income women. Money is also raised in several states through the sale of "Choose Life" license plates. According to Planned Parenthood, there are currently six CPCs in the U.S. for every legitimate clinic that provides abortions. Carreker believes that CPCs have every right to exist but argues against their deceptive practices and abuse of confidential patient information. Although Representative Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) recently introduced the Stop Deceptive Advertising for Women's Services (SDAWS) Act, which would apply truth-in-advertising standards to CPCs, Carreker believes that passage of SDAWS is a low priority in the legislature. One hopes that disseminating the truth regarding deceptive and harmful crisis pregnancy centers will alert women to their existence so that they can avoid misguided interference in their reproductive health care and decisions. Elaine Friedman is the editor of Humanist Network News, the weekly ezine of the Institute for Humanist Studies.
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Humanist Humor: Heaven Can't Wait
HumanistNetworkNews May 10, 2006 An 85-year-old couple, having been married almost 60 years, died in a car crash. They had been in good health the last ten years, mainly due to her interest in health food and exercise. When they reached the pearly gates, St. Peter took them to their mansion, which was decked out with a beautiful kitchen, master bath suite and Jacuzzi. As they "ooohed and aaahed," the old man asked Peter how much all this was going to cost. "It's free," Peter replied, "this is Heaven." Next, they went out back to see the championship golf course. They would have golfing privileges every day and each week the course changed to a new one representing the great golf courses on earth. The old man asked, "What are the green fees?" Peter's reply, "This is heaven, you play for free." Next they went to the clubhouse and saw the lavish buffet lunch with the cuisines of the world laid out. "How much to eat?" asked the old man. "Don't you understand yet? This is heaven, it is free!" Peter replied. "Well, where are the low fat and low cholesterol foods?" the old man asked timidly. "That's the best part...you can eat as much as you like of whatever you like and you never get fat and you never get sick. This is Heaven." The old man looked at his wife and said, "You and your bran muffins. I could have been here ten years ago!"
First Saturday of each month: Demonstrate in support of Planned Parenthood’s program at the Applebaum Mental Health Center in Nampa May 22, 2006 – HOI: Election of Officers (every year, at May meeting) Jun 10, 2006 – Gay Pride parade in Boise Jun 10, 2006 – Paint the Town – Boise Jun 21, 2006 – International Humanist Day Jun 21, 2006 – Summer Solstice Sep 22, 2006 – Fall Equinox Oct 15, 2006 – CROPWALK Boise: Nov 18, 2006 – Rake Up Boise Dec 21, 2006 – Winter Solstice Dec 25 – Isaac Newton born (1642) Jan 15 – Martin Luther King born (1929; holiday: 3rd Monday in January) Feb 12 – Charles Darwin born (1809) March of each year: Idaho Public TV pledge drive Mar 21, – Spring Equinox May 5, 2006 – National Day of Reason
Humanists of Idaho T-Shirts
You can buy a shirt with the HOI logo at www.zazzle.com. Our logo is on the pocket, AHA motto on the back. Navigate through the site by going to ―All Product Categories‖, click on ―Religion, Spirituality, Philosophy‖ and then ―Philosophy.‖ You will find it displayed there or further narrow the category by going to ―Secular Humanism.‖ You can order your shirt in your choice of color and style. You can buy a basic t-shirt for $16.95(+ tax & shipping) or other styles up to the most expensive, a hooded sweatshirt for $34.45. there is a 10% if your have Van order your shirt. Contact Van at: 376-5475 or
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Mark your Calendar!
Monday, May 22nd Annual HOI Meeting and Elections 7 PM Business Meeting The Flicks 646 Fulton, at 6th and Myrtle in Boise 6:30 PM Board/, 7:30 PM Discussion Group Sunday, June 11th - 9:00 AM BUUF Humanist Group Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 6200 Garrett, Garden City, Monday, June 26th HOI Monthly Meeting The Flicks 646 Fulton, at 6th and Myrtle in Boise 6:30 PM Board/Business Meeting, 7:30 PM Discussion Group
Humanists of Idaho P.O. Box 44913 Boise, ID 83711-0913