Mississippi Humanist Newsletter - October 2018



Governor Phil Bryant has made a career of blurring the line between church and state. He has never been shy when it comes to endorsing Christianity, and even plans to add “In God We Trust” to all standard state license plates starting next year.

He isn’t stopping there, though. Gov. Bryant has taken his disregard of the Constitution to the next level by creating a video for the PULSE movement. This Christian movement is coming to Mississippi College next year, and Gov. Bryant used his voice to endorse the event.

In the video, he urges everyone to come together to make this nation “one nation under God.” He also refers to it as a “state-wide faith event.”

While Gov. Bryant is free to talk about the PULSE movement in his free time, he has stepped over the line by using his public position to endorse it.

The MHA reached out to the American Humanist Association about this issue, and legal director David Niose notes that Bryant’s statements amount to an endorsement of a religion by a public official. That is unconstitutional under the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause. In addition, these comments are unconstitutional because they were made with the purpose of advancing a religion, and they further remove the line between church and state.

MHA President Kim Gibson shared her thoughts on this issue in this week’s blog post. Please read the blog post and share it. We need our voices to be heard on this issue.

Also, if you notice any constitutional violations, please contact the MHA at so we can look into the issue.


MHA’s social media presence has grown in the last year. We started the year at just over 800 fans on Facebook, and that has jumped to over 1200.

As you can imagine, that kind of growth means we have more eyes on us now, and not just by our fans and followers. The more comments and shares we get, the more visible we are to those who don’t know about, or agree with, humanism.

 Things got particularly heated after we published the blog post titled, “Brett Kavanaugh Terrifies Me, and You Should Be Scared, Too.”

 Several people who identified themselves as Christian used the comment section to disparage the post’s author and other members. In fact, it got so ugly that we wrote a follow-up post titled “How to Deal with Internet Trolls.”

 Please read that post, and we invite you to become more active on our Facebook page. With your help, we can take some of the power out of the negative comments, all while showing the world what it means to be a humanist. Humanists are ruled by science and facts, and our logical responses will win in the end.


The MHA BOD would like to wish MHA President Kim Gibson a happy birthday. When Kim celebrated her birthday last month, we couldn’t help but reflect on all the work she has done for this organization, and not just in the last year. She has been a part of the board from the beginning and has worked tirelessly to further the humanist cause. Thank you for all your hard work, Kim!



MHA Second Sunday Brunch will be at Saltine Restaurant, 622 Duling Ave, Ste. 201, Jackson, from 11 AM to 1 PM. Look for the silver colander. We look forward to seeing you there!


MHA Humanist Happy Hour will be from 6 PM to 8 PM at Soulshine Pizza Factory, 1111 Highland Colony Pkwy., Ridgeland. Look for the silver colander and pull up a seat. We can’t wait to see you!


 Hattiesburg Sunday Brunch will be at Chesterfield’s, 4646 Hardy St., from 11 AM to 1 PM. Look for the silver colander and all the friendly faces!


MHA’s monthly Board of Directors Meeting will be on October 25 in the Community Room at Whole Foods Market in Jackson. Members are encouraged to attend so they can contribute their ideas for policies and activities. 


It’s been another exciting month for the MHA. Between speaking engagements and happy hours, it was a fun and informative month.

For the first time ever, the MHA sent a representative to the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Congregation of Oxford. MHA Vice President Amy Craig held a speaking event at the UU congregation, where she talked about what it means to be both a humanist and a UU in Mississippi. If you would like to learn more about humanism and the UU congregation, please contact the MHA and we will get you in touch with Amy.

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We hosted MHA Sunday Brunch in Hattiesburg at Chesterfield’s once again. We continue to have a great turnout at the monthly Hattiesburg brunch. After speaking with the attendees, we have decided to start hosting it at different spots in Hattiesburg in the coming months. We will have one more month at Chesterfield’s, and then we will try new places throughout Hattiesburg. The spots will vary in price points and cuisine, giving everyone the opportunity to attend.

We held September’s Second Sunday Brunch at Panera Bread. It was great to see some old friends we hadn’t seen for a while, including MHA President Kim Gibson’s husband, Dale. We also welcomed a new member, Shayne Pickett.

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This was a great month for MHA Humanist Happy Hour. We held it at Sombra Mexican Kitchen in Flowood, and the attendance was phenomenal.  We took up four booths full of members, allies, and new faces. It was so much fun, and we hope to have an equally large turnout this month at Soulshine in Ridgeland.

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Get the scoop on upcoming events by visiting the “Events” section of our website.


It is more important than ever to join the MHA. There is strength in numbers, and with your help, we can create a stronger community and a stronger voice in the state of Mississippi. Yearly membership is only $25 for individuals and $40 for families. As a member, you will help in shaping the MHA mission and meet some new friends at the same time. Also, your membership dues will help us make an impact in the state. Every dollar of donations and fees work to support humanism in Mississippi.

For more information about joining the MHA, renewing your membership, or donating to support humanism here in Mississippi, please check out our website at www.mshumanists.org.

For information on all MHA events, you can find more info on the website,  on Twitter (@MSHumanists), Meetup.com, and Facebook (@MississippiHumanist).


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