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Congress Should Lift the Ban on Abortion on Military Facilities Because it Harms Service Members and Their Families All women deserve access to safe abortion care in their communities, including members of our military and their families. Unfortunately, since 1996, federal lawi has prohibited the Department of Defense from providing abortion care at military treatment facilities (MTFs) except in cases of rape or incest and where the woman’s life is endangered. This restriction, known as the facilities ban, increases the hardship that service women and dependents face in accessing abortion care within the United States and overseas. (Read More)
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The Achievements of Paul Kurtz by Bill Cooke Paul Kurtz was born into a family with relatively recent memories of Russia and with a great enthusiasm for American society and what it could offer those who worked hard. Martin Kurtz, a businessman, and his wife Anna, lived in Newark, New Jersey when their son Paul was born on December 21 1925. The value of education was well understood and  Paul was destined for a university education. But soon after enrolling at Washington Square College at New York University, he volunteered for military service. Not quite 19, his unit was rushed to the front during the height of the Battle of the Bulge. A few months later he was among the forces that liberated Dachau concentration camp. He stayed with the American forces in Germany for eighteen months after the war before being demobilized. Once again a civilian, Kurtz resumed his studies at New York University before moving on to Columbia University, where he took his PhD in 1952. He was a student of Sidney Hook and retained a lifelong relationship with the older philosopher. And through Hook, Kurtz stands in direct line from John Dewey. It is not overstating things to say that Kurtz’s work cannot be understood without appreciating how comprehensive the influence of Dewey and Hook has been. Like Hook, Kurtz has always been keen to distance humanism from dogmatic interpretations and unsavoury allies. And like Dewey, Kurtz has wanted to emphasize the positive elements of nonreligious living. Having said this he has also been more willing to criticize religion than either of his mentors. (Read More)
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The “Myth of Progress” We live to improve, or we live in vain. – Thomas Paine Many critics of the New Atheists have accused its leaders of being hopelessly naïve for promoting the idea that human beings actually make progress. Some are more sensible in their critique by contending that the New Atheists promote the Enlightenment idea that human beings are becoming increasingly rational, scientific and moral, especially as they free themselves from the chains of ancient superstition, especially religion. The New Atheists seem to be promoting a utopian vision for society in which human beings can transcend their supposed nature and live peacefully and rationally all over the world. While many humanists shun scientism and the “scientizing” of society by which science and scientists dictate knowledge – including moral knowledge – and how people should live, it would be foolish to throw the baby (good science) out with the bath water. Moreover, it is simply not true that human beings do not make moral progress. (Read More)