Dr Rodney Syme was named the Australian Humanist of the Year 2017 in recognition of his compassionate advocacy for the legalisation of voluntary assisted dying in Victoria and around Australia, sometimes at great professional risk, and for expressing fundamental Humanist values whilst doing so. Below is his acceptance speech given at the Gala Dinner held in Melbourne on 8 April, 2017.Tags: AHOY, Humanism, assisted dying, voluntary euthanasia, Australian Humanist of the Year, acceptance speech
I made some slight changes to President Trump's press secretary Sean Spicer's first "speech" to make it sound a lot more truthful. Enjoy-Tags:
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, 2015Tags: Issue 122, Freethought, History, Australia, Rationalism, Secularism, Humanism
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.Tags: Issue 122
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 lifeTags: Australian Humanist of the Year, Shakespeare, Life, Journey, John Bell
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