For those of you don’t already know me, my name is Eric Reisman. On Feb. 16, 2019 I was elected to serve as President of MHA. After a couple of years away, it feels good to be back in the mix of things.
As humanists, we believe in living life to the fullest! We want to leave this planet better than we found it because we each have only one turn on the big blue ball called Earth.
But what does that look like? How do we spend our days as humanists? How do we contribute to our communities in ways that made a difference?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Last month, the MHA became aware that Governor Phil Bryant created a video endorsing the PULSE movement. The organization is coming to Mississippi in April 2019, and Governor Bryant used his position as a public official to endorse the event. This is a clear violation of the separation of church and state, and the MHA took immediate action.
As a humanist group in Mississippi, we get a lot of commentary from Christian folks, mainly telling us we are of Satan, we need Jesus, to shut up, to move. In reading such comments, we can tell that these people, and the public in general, has little to no understanding of humanism and what it entails.
Did you ever hear about Logan, a tall teen from Holly Springs, North Carolina? The 17-year old is 6’7”, and as you can imagine, his height became quite the conversation starter. People constantly asked the kid about his height, and after a while, he got tired of answering the same questions over and over again.
Guess what he did? He had a business card made up with all the answers to the most common questions.