Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - April 2019

Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - April 2019

The MHA held its annual membership meeting at Surin of Thailand in Jackson on February 16. At the meeting, we said goodbye to two valued board members and welcomed two new board members into the fold.

The MHA would like to thank outgoing President Kim Gibson and Secretary Tom Dennis for their hard work and dedication to the MHA. Kim and Tom played an integral role in the MHA’s growth over the last several years, and we are forever grateful. If you see Kim and Tom out and about in Jackson, please thank them for everything they have done on behalf of the MHA.

The IGWT License Plate Issue – What You Need to Know

The IGWT License Plate Issue – What You Need to Know

Humanists all over the state have contacted the MHA about Mississippi’s standard license plates that display “In God We Trust.” To get a plate that doesn’t display this religious message, state residents have to pay extra for a specialty plate. We understand why our members are so upset about this, and we have been fighting hard behind the scenes to provide an additional option at no extra cost for Mississippi residents.

Get the details on how the fight started and where we are now.

Mississippi Humanist Group Supports Challenge to “In God We Trust” License Plates

Mississippi Humanist Group Supports Challenge to “In God We Trust” License Plates

The Mississippi Humanist Association (MHA) is pleased to announce the American Humanist Association (AHA) has sent a demand letter to Mississippi state officials requesting a free alternative to the standard license plates that display “In God We Trust.” Currently, MS residents who do not wish to display the phrase “In God We Trust” on their license plates must purchase specialty plates at an additional cost.

Parenting a Four-Year-Old Humanist: It’s not for sissies.

Parenting a Four-Year-Old Humanist: It’s not for sissies.

Nobody has tougher questions about religion than little kids. Adults don’t have time to ponder the universe. We are too busy worrying about the mortgage.  But little kids—they got time.

Really though, my parents got off easy, considering they provided no formal spiritual guidance of any kind.

I think I was 10 when I asked my Dad what religion we actually were.  I know you think 10 must be awfully old to not know the answer to this question, but we lived in South Florida, land of synagogues, Santeria, and Yankees.  And there were plenty of kids playing four square in the middle of the street on Sunday mornings instead of going to church.  My Dad is the type of dad you can ask serious questions as long as you are prepared for a lengthy professorial answer, but I think I completely caught him off guard.

Mississippi Has a Homeless Crisis, and We Can Help

Mississippi Has a Homeless Crisis, and We Can Help

Last night, close to 1,500 Mississippians didn’t have a place to call home. Some stayed in shelters while others struggled to find a spot to rest in a park or on the streets. Still others likely stayed up all night, afraid to close their eyes underneath the dark sky.

Many are adults on their own, attempting to figure out how to survive. Others are families working to stay together during terrible circumstances. Then, there are unaccompanied children, trying to navigate a harsh reality as they move closer to adulthood.

Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - February 2019

Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - February 2019

Since I am not running for re-election to the MHA Board of Directors this year, my service on the MHA board comes to a close on February 16.

I am privileged to have been able to serve the MHA membership for the last four years, and I believe we have put together a strong foundation for continued success as we grow our membership and do good without any god here in Mississippi. We continue to show Mississippi that we believe in good!

UK Losing Interest in Religion

UK Losing Interest in Religion

When John Lennon told us to imagine a world with no religion, those of us in the United States tried really hard, but it seemed pretty impossible. After all, religion is everywhere here. It’s even on our money.

Fortunately, the people in the UK are no longer imagining this mystical world. They’re living in it, according to a HuffPost/Survation poll of 2,004 Brits. It turns out that Britons are a lot less religious than Americans, and they don’t think you have to be Christian to be moral.

MHA Annual Membership Meeting and BOD Nominations

MHA Annual Membership Meeting and BOD Nominations

The MHA Annual Membership Meeting will be on Feb. 16 in Jackson, MS, and it’s going to be an exciting one. We have five people running for three positions, so your vote matters.

As we get closer to the election, we will send you more information about the candidates and give you the chance to vote via email. You can also vote in person at our membership meeting.

A Christian Nation? Not So, According to These Founding Fathers

A Christian Nation? Not So, According to These Founding Fathers

More than half of the residents in 11 Southern states believe the United States was founded as an explicitly Christian nation, according to the Winthrop Poll Southern Focus Survey.  This doesn’t come as a surprise to anyone who lives in the Bible Belt. You probably don’t have to think back too far to remember the last time someone made that claim.

While humanists aren’t surprised by the results of the poll, religious southerners might be shocked by the truth.

Many of the founding fathers were so skeptical about religion they would have a hard time getting elected today.

What is Morality?

What is Morality?

It’s the holiday season, and the holidays always seem to bring talk about morality and how it relates to religion. As humanists, we often must defend ourselves against attackers who think we can’t possibly be moral.

This quote by Albert Einstein gets to the heart of what morality is – and isn’t.

The Truth About Christmas – Little-Known Facts About the Holiday

The Truth About Christmas – Little-Known Facts About the Holiday

Don’t let the warm air fool you. December is in full swing and it’s almost time for Christmas. You likely celebrate in some way or another each year, but how much do you really know about Christmas?

Check out some little-known facts about this December tradition, and feel free to use them the next time someone accuses you of engaging in a “war on Christmas.”

Help the MHA This Holiday Season

Help the MHA This Holiday Season

It has been a big year for the MHA. Jim Helton of American Atheists spoke to our group in July, and we have solidified our presence in Hattiesburg. We aren’t stopping there, either. Next week, the MHA is making its first trip to Starkville, where we will host a lunch.

Offering events and expanding to new places is expensive. With your help, the MHA can continue to grow.