• The Cost of Armaments
    A series of before-and-after pictures shows the cost to a city that is bombed. A recent example is the UNESCO-listed sites in the Syrian city of Aleppo – one example is shown here. After bombing these sites were all rubble.
  • A Humanist life from Shakespeare
    Actor and 2016 Australian Humanist of the Year, John Bell talks about how Shakespeare has influenced and brought him to a Humanistic outlook on life.

Freethought Activity in Australia: from margins to mainstream

Written by Rosslyn Ives and Published Wed, 14/09/2016 - 10:39

Rosslyn Ives, editor of Australian Humanist, discusses the history of freethought, secularism, rationalism and Humanism in Australia; Its influences and key movers and shakers. It is an expanded version of a contribution she gave at the 'Secularism in the Modern World' conference held in Melbourne on 31 October, 2015

Tags: Issue 122, Freethought, History, Australia, Rationalism, Secularism, Humanism

The Cost of Armaments

Written by Val Yule and Published Sun, 31/07/2016 - 12:26

A series of before-and-after pictures shows the cost to a city that is bombed. A recent example is the UNESCO-listed sites in the Syrian city of Aleppo – one example is given above. After bombing these sites were all rubble.

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A Humanist life from Shakespeare

Published Fri, 08/07/2016 - 14:12

John Bell was named Australian Humanist of the Year for 2016 joining such people as Lionel Murphy (parliamentarian and jurist who introduced no-fault divorce and civil marriage ceremonies among many other reforms), Fred Hollows (ophthalmologist), Eric Bogle (singer/songwriter) and many others. It is customary for the recipient to give an address on the occasion of their presentation. Unfortunately, John Bell wasn’t able to be present in Brisbane in person but gave his address from Humanist House in Sydney. His address is reproduced here in full where he speaks about his life journey through the works of Shakespeare and how it has led him to a humanist philosophy and outlook on life

Tags: Australian Humanist of the Year, Shakespeare, Life, Journey, John Bell

Victorian Humanists and Homophobia in Australia

Written by Halina Strnad and Published Fri, 20/05/2016 - 00:21

The death penalty for homosexual acts between men was imposed in ancient Jewish sex codes. The rationale for these biblical injunctions was to prohibit sexual acts that did not produce offspring. In ancient tribal groups survival depended on population supply and growth.

The Christian church subsequently adopted these into their Ecclesiastical Law which later formed the basis of the British Common Law and subsequently Australian laws. The often quoted Leviticus 20:13 declares that homosexuals ‘commit an abomination: they should be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.’

Tags: Issue 122, LGBTIQ+, Law reform

Latest News

Humanists reject marriage equality plebiscite

Published Wed, 14/09/2016 - 12:32

Today, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has introduced legislation to hold a marriage equality plebiscite in Parliament.

This plebiscite has been rejected by the people most affected by the issue; LGBTIQ+ Australians who will have to endure the campaign. A campaign that will no doubt be characterised by hateful rhetoric from bigoted religious extremists and fundamentalists.

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies does not support this plebiscite.

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Brand new Web Site

Published Thu, 01/09/2016 - 18:44

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies inc is excited to launch our brand new website! 

In the past various past CAHS committee's of CAHS have been a bit lax in maintaining our web presence due to a variety of reasons (skills being the main one). It is hoped that this redesigned site with a brand new backend will make it much easier for our committeed volunteers to maintain and upload new and interesting articles regularly.

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Humanist of the Year awards for 2016 Announced

Published Sun, 08/05/2016 - 03:44

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies inc is pleased to announce the recipients of Australian Humanist of the Year and Young Australian Humanist of the Year.

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Safe Schools are essential for all!

Published Thu, 24/03/2016 - 05:01

The Council of Australian Humanist Societies inc. is proud to be among one of many supporters of Safe Schools Coalition Australia.

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