Brett Kavanaugh Terrifies Me, And You Should Be Scared, Too

Brett Kavanaugh Terrifies Me, And You Should Be Scared, Too

When President Barack Obama nominated Merrick Garland to the Supreme Court in the spring of 2016, I personally breathed a sigh of relief.

He would take the place of the ultra-conservative Antonin Scalia. I could actually feel the court shifting.

Finally, those rights that matter so much to me – the right to choose, the ability to marry who you want, the dignity of using the restroom that conforms with your gender – felt all that more secure.

No Heathens in the Halls

No Heathens in the Halls

I went to this really cool event the other night called Women in the Halls.  It was sponsored by Planned Parenthood and is a movement to encourage more women to engage in politics.  With my state electing fewer women this year than last year, it’s a great time to bring attention to this issue.

The Boys Club of politics must go.  With women only making 70 cents for every dollar men make, with no paid maternity leave, with reproductive rights threatened at every turn, women need to step up and take on the embarrassingly misogynistic legislation in this country.


Why What’s on our Money Matters

Why What’s on our Money Matters

If you’ve been following the news, you may have seen that a group of atheists are suing the Federal Government to have the words “In God We Trust” taken off of our money.

You’d think they’d have a good case.  It’s a clear violation the Establishment Clause as well as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act which prohibits the government from burdening a person’s exercise of religion unless it furthers a compelling government interest.

Mississippi Humanist NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2018

Mississippi Humanist NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2018

On July 10th, Jim Helton, the National Field Organizer for American Atheists, came to Jackson to speak to the MHA. Jim provided the group with actionable steps we can use to make a difference in our state. These steps include partnering with other groups for specific issues, joining local school boards, running for city council, and increasing visibility.

Benefits of Donating Blood to Mississippi Blood Services

Benefits of Donating Blood to Mississippi Blood Services

If you’ve flipped on the local news recently, you likely realize that Mississippi is facing a critical blood shortage. It’s gotten so bad that Mississippi Blood Services is offering incentives to get people to donate blood. For example, if you donate through Aug. 18, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win $1,000.

t would be nice to win that money, but you don’t have to take home a cash prize to benefit from donating blood. Check out these benefits and head to your local donation center.

4 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Mississippi Today

4 Ways You Can Make a Difference in Mississippi Today

As humanists, we have a lot of issues that are important to us. We want to help as many people as possible, and we can have a hard time figuring out where to start. What can we do that will have the biggest impact?

If we truly want to make a difference, we need to start in our own communities. Here are some ways we can make a difference from the ground up in the Magnolia State.

How to Run for Local Office – And Win

How to Run for Local Office – And Win

If humanists want to make a real change in Mississippi, they have to get involved in the local political scene. Change starts at the bottom and goes to the top, so you can make a big difference by running for local office. A position on the city council or the school board will give you the power to change minds and policy in your own community.

5 Times Jim Helton of American Atheists Was Cooler Than the Rest of Us

5 Times Jim Helton of American Atheists Was Cooler Than the Rest of Us

So, it’s no secret that Jim isn’t too fond of the Ark Encounter, but few expected him to go as far as to raise money for a billboard, but that’ just what he did. Jim helped raise $10,000 for a billboard that said, “Genocide and Incest Park: Celebrating 2,000 Years of Myths.”


6 Tips for Coming Out as a Nonbeliever

6 Tips for Coming Out as a Nonbeliever

It’s currently pride month, and a quote from Harvey Milk comes to mind. You’ve probably heard this quote before, but it’s worth repeating.

In 1978, the famous LGBT rights advocate said, “Gay brothers and sisters, you must come out. Come out to your parents. I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives. Come out to your friends, if they are indeed your friends. Come out to your neighbors, to your fellow workers, to the people who work where you eat and shop. Come out only to the people you know, and who know you, not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths. Destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake.”

Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - June 2018

Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - June 2018

We are pleased to announce that the MHA has scheduled an appearance by Jim Helton, National Field Organizer for American Atheists, for Tuesday, July 10.

The MHA is an affiliate of American Atheists and we are excited to have him visit us. Jim is the co-founder and President of Tri-State Freethinkers, this year’s American Atheists Affiliate of the Year winner, operating in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana.

3 Myths Spread by the Religious Right

3 Myths Spread by the Religious Right

Let’s be honest for a second. It’s not easy to be a humanist in Mississippi. For starters, 83% of Mississippians identify as Christian, so we are definitely in the minority.  

Add in the fact that some people on the religious right like to spread lies about nonbelievers and there are days when it can seem downright impossible to carve out an existence in the Magnolia State.

5 Reasons to Join the MHA

5 Reasons to Join the MHA

You are not alone in Mississippi, but it can feel that way. For a mere $25 a year, you can become part of a growing network of humanists in the state. As a member, you will help elect MHA officers and play a role in determining our direction for the year. Plus, you'll meet and socialize with other members. Help the MHA build a strong coalition of like-minded people who want to make the separation of church and state a reality by becoming a member today.

A Week Ago...

A Week Ago...

A week ago, I woke up to find the governor of the state of Mississippi showing once again, in so many ways, that he doesn’t value all of his constituents. Last week, the governor was a welcome guest of the American Family Association (AFA), a Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) designated extremist hate group that denounces those that do not share their religious beliefs, especially the LGBTQ community. Just by way of his appearance on this radio program, he tells us which Mississippians he values and serves.