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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.”
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.
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.
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, 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.
Governor Phil Bryant announced the State Seal of Mississippi, which includes the phrase “In God We Trust,” will be part of the standard license plate design, starting in January 2019. Those who do not want “In God We Trust” displayed on their vehicles will be forced to pay extra for a custom tag. This is essentially a penalty for non-religious Mississippians to pay.
Yesterday, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant introduced the 2019 Mississippi standard auto license plate design, featuring the State Seal of Mississippi as the center of the design. Please see the story as published in the Clarion Ledger. The Seal carries the national and state motto “In God We Trust”.
Two MHA Board of Directors spots were up for election at the third annual Membership Meeting on February 24, 2018. Stephen Frank was re-elected Treasurer, and Amy Blue was elected Communications Officer.