The New Orleans Secular Humanist Association is dedicated to raising the awareness of people of the Gulf Coast region to the ideals and values of secular humanism.

What is Humanism?

Humanists reject superstitious beliefs. Instead, we can make sense of the world using reason, experience and shared values. We can make the best of life by creating meaning and purpose for ourselves, and choosing to take responsibility for our actions.

It is important to act morally towards others, not because of a divine imperative, but because people have inherent dignity. We have only one life, it is our responsibility to make it a good life, and to live it well.

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Upcoming Events

Please see the NOSHA Meetup Calendar for all scheduled events.


The Humanist Advocate – Recent Posts

BOOK REVIEW: Skeptoid Vol. 1: Critical Analysis of Pop Phenomenon by Brian Dunning

Review by Dean Bedekar, January 2023 You may ask, what’s the big deal if grownups believe in ancient aliens?  Nothing really unless those beliefs cause harm to the believer and society. The list is long, from anti-vaxxers, consumers of crackpot remedies like homeopathy and acupuncture, to science deniers.  In each of 5 volumes, Dunning takes on 50 such pop phenomenon, explaining them in simple terms, without casting judgment. In this review, we’ll cover some of most flagrant violations of science…

NOSHA Notes…

….and    If You’re Woke You Dig It In 1962 the young and talented author William Melvin Kelley published an article in The New York Times. He had recently seen a public notice posted in a subway car on the subject of encouraging the ridership to help officials keep the car clean. The post was supposedly written in 21 languages; one in particular belied the humorless bureaucratese one would expect:  “Hey cats this is your swinging-wheels, so dig it and…

NOSHA Notes

…and   Postliberalism Does Not Bode Well for Groups Like Ours January 22, 2023 It is easy to be distracted by the continual ruckus coming from the evangelical Protestant Christian crowd which, with their demagogue-of-the-day, almost weekly seems to draw a new battle line by trying to block the rising tide of secular modernism and the liberal administrative state that they believe is complicit in all sorts of anti-Christian conspiracies.  But on another level, practitioners of another Christian sect are…

 


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