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Roy Speckhardt
Roy Speckhardt is executive director of the American Humanist Association where he actively promotes the humanist perspective on progressive political issues. Author of the 2015 Creating Change Through Humanism that lays out how and why people can lead moral and ethical lives without belief in a higher power, he’s appeared on CNN Headline News, Fox News, numerous national radio shows, and has spoken to dozens of local humanist groups across the country. He also serves as a board member of the Humanist Institute, the Institute for Humanist Studies, and the Secular Coalition for America Education Fund. He holds an M.B.A. from George Mason University and a B.A. in sociology from Mary Washington College. He lives in Washington DC.

Entries by Roy Speckhardt

How Should the Nonreligious Feel About Hillary Clinton?

(134) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 10:29 AM

With the 2016 presidential race fully underway, the growing population of nonreligious voters across the country is deciding who to support. While Donald Trump remains the most talked-about candidate, the clear frontrunner nationally and in many of the upcoming primaries is former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


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We May See the First Open Humanist Win a Congressional Election in 2016

(13) Comments | Posted August 7, 2015 | 5:26 PM

"Has it gotten so edgy out there that those of us in public life are afraid to be associated with the great tradition of philosophical and ethical humanism?" Maryland State Senator Jamie Raskin made this statement seven years ago when accepting the Distinguished Service Award from the American Humanist Association....

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Is It Easier for Religious Workers to Immigrate to America?

(5) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 10:41 AM

Did you know some people have the option of becoming American citizens through Special Immigrant Religious Worker petitions? According to Gregory Eck of JDSupra Business Advisor, these petitions "allow persons in religious vocations and occupations to obtain permanent residence for the purpose of performing full-time religious work." Eck...

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Time to Shelve the Ten Commandments

(8) Comments | Posted July 9, 2015 | 1:48 PM

This week, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin announced her intention to defy her state Supreme Court's decision to remove a Ten Commandments monument from the state capitol grounds. As she's following in the footsteps of Alabama Justice Roy Moore, Fallin may want to review the history.

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Counting the Godless

(0) Comments | Posted June 15, 2015 | 11:58 AM

Poll after poll demonstrates that the number of religious people in America is declining--even Bill O'Reilly now admits it. But counting the corresponding increase of those without traditional religion continues to be a mix of moving targets and differing definitions. This is because people are often counting different...

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Right Wing Congress Puts Religion Over People

(4) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 3:11 PM

Last week the Senate passed legislation meant to fight against human trafficking, an epidemic that affects millions of people worldwide and crosses boundaries of gender, race, and religious belief. This bill is especially relevant considering the recent tragedy in Europe where nine hundred migrants died attempting...

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Giving Peace a Chance

(1) Comments | Posted March 31, 2015 | 2:47 PM

Watching the recent chaos in Yemen and Tunisia, it's easy to feel as though the Arab Winter will never end, and that the violence will just spiral upward, both in the Middle East and worldwide. But that's not a foregone conclusion. Steven Pinker, noted cognitive scientist...

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It Need Not Be the End of the World as We Know It

(6) Comments | Posted March 18, 2015 | 9:34 AM

Is the apocalypse upon us? Fascination with The End isn't a fringe movement. Popular TV shows like The Walking Dead, Doomsday Preppers, and The Colony join books and movies such as the Hunger Games, Divergent, Maze Runner, and the upcoming remake of Mad Max in depicting nightmarish landscapes devoid of...

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When Senators Sabotage Science

(162) Comments | Posted March 4, 2015 | 10:40 AM

Senator Jim Inhofe, who infamously claimed in 2012 that the Bible refutes climate change, was recently given a committee gavel in the newly Republican-controlled Senate. Showing himself to be almost willfully ignorant of the scientific findings regarding climate change, Inhofe was still made chairman of the Senate Committee...

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When Challenging Racism, Humanists Need to Step Up

(5) Comments | Posted February 3, 2015 | 10:39 AM

The events of recent months exposed racial division and conflict in this nation. The unnecessary deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown, unarmed black men killed by white police officers, served as a catalyst for protests against long-simmering institutional racism. This also was brought to the fore as conservative officials...

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Atheists Unite! Leaders Gather to Collaborate

(45) Comments | Posted January 26, 2015 | 9:41 AM

Religious and conservative organizations have a history of organizing to accomplish shared aims. It's time to share the secret that atheists are now doing the same.

The Religious Right and its ultra-conservative allies are infamous for their wealth and influence. Groups like Focus on the Family and CPAC have operating...

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Why Thanking God is Hurtful

(21) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 1:10 PM

We Americans have much to be grateful for: a stable country, a democratic political process, a proud history of scientific progress, and a tradition of standing up for those who need defending, even if we are occasionally slow to rise to their defense.

We give thanks to all those...

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Get Ready for the Craziest Senate in Years

(4) Comments | Posted November 10, 2014 | 5:29 PM

The recent midterm elections were downright scary for atheist and humanist Americans, as we saw several political candidates allied with the Religious Right win seats in the U.S. Senate and House. Senator-elect Tom Cotton of Arkansas is one such politician, having stated in the past that women must...

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Is the Catholic Church Evolving?

(138) Comments | Posted October 16, 2014 | 9:11 AM

Humanists are sometimes criticized for having an adaptable set of values, but I find the ability to evolve one's thinking to be an advantage in the face of our rapidly expanding knowledge of the world. After all, holding to outdated ideals despite evidence disproving their relevance is blind faith that...

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Act Patriotically to Fix the Pledge

(24) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 3:04 PM

The Pledge of Allegiance was woven into the fabric of American culture when it was written over a century ago, and then, step-by-step, became part of daily civic life. It is now recited every day within our schools and at our government meetings. And its words are familiar to most,...

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The Unnatural Cycle of Prejudice and Violence

(2) Comments | Posted August 26, 2014 | 12:50 PM

Human beings love traditions, from annual family gatherings held at the same place for generations to superstitious rituals done to help a favorite sports team win the big game. Unfortunately, not all traditions that are handed down throughout the years are beneficial or even benign. Some perpetuate the...

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War on Christianity?

(304) Comments | Posted July 31, 2014 | 2:18 PM

When Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, was asked how LGBTQ couples could form a meaningful relationship in a country often hostile to gay people, he responded without a sense of irony that "The bigotry question goes both ways. And there is a lot more anti-Christian...

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Religion's Connection to the End Times

(24) Comments | Posted July 14, 2014 | 11:57 AM

According to Pastor Mark Blitz and the surprisingly popular "Blood Moon prophecy," we've all got about a year left on the planet, but I, for one, am still making longer-term plans.

Armageddon. The End Times. The Rapture. Ragnarok. There are many different terms for the end of...

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The Faux Faith of Congress

(2) Comments | Posted June 27, 2014 | 6:25 PM

Members of Congress regularly boost their reelection prospects in positive ways like voting in line with the will of their district and participating in the passage of landmark legislation. But we know all too well that they also engage in negative campaigning, lambasting their political opponents and even scapegoating minorities...

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Twisting Religious Liberty Into Religious Discrimination

(12) Comments | Posted June 13, 2014 | 6:20 PM

Is a business owner's religious belief more important than an employee's right to health care? That's the question the Supreme Court is considering in the Hobby Lobby case, which serves as an example of how corporations are trying to use their owner's religious beliefs in order to discriminate...

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