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 An enforcement tool, Fifty Shades of Grey
 “An old story, repackaged"
Fifty Shades of Grey, the selling of male violence, domination, powerful and wealthy, is a very old story, repeated throughout the generations. In my day it was the Story of O. Yes, most women are turned on by many of these images of sexual bondage, degradation and humiliation. I used to be myself. From the time I first experienced sexual fantasies it was usually an image of me kneeling at the alter in the catholic church with a priest coming up from behind me, inserting his penis and telling me to pray. It went on from there. I imagine a number of catholic girls had the same kind of fantasies from a tender age and perhaps boys. How can it be any different in this society, that we are all turned on by abusive sexual images? As in all of planetary society, it is the way we are brought up and continue to bring up children. It is a big part of the grooming of girls, women and boys to accept violence and degradation as “normal' by the larger community. It is a huge part of the slavery industry.
Is Tolerance Tolerable?
A discussion from the 2013 symposium with Susan Jacoby, Terry O’Neil and Nel Noddings as reported by The American Humanist Associations Joan Reisman-Brill.
“Perspectives on Death and Dying
Dying without Deity.”
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Why does the concept of suicide cause such outrage?
Why do many psychologists allege that ‘rational suicide’ is an oxymoron?  The Final Exit Network is the only organization in the United States that advocates for the right of competent adults to determine that due to irremediable medical conditions,  the quality of their life is insufficient.  This paper looks at the legal landscape in several States that have waged war against FEN and the right to self-determination.    It provides an update on current rules including the Canadian Supreme Court decision, and it examines why the right to individual autonomy in the way we exit life has become the next battleground in the evolution of basic human rights.
Janis Landis
Presented by Janis Landis
On Religiously Sanctioned Bigotry
In recent weeks there have been disturbing stories in the news about people using religion to make life miserable for others. There is the story of certain Ultra-Orthodox Jewish men on numerous flights from New York to Israel refusing to sit next to women because it is allegedly against their religion. These religious fanatics, not surprisingly, insist that everyone must respect their deeply cherished religious values. Perhaps the best known case is the Orwellian titled Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) of Indiana. It was clear that the intent of the bill was to permit conservative Christian businesses to discriminate against LGBT customers. It was warmly embraced by Roman Catholic nuns and priests, those long-time guardians of LGBT rights. However, Governor Mike Pence, who hopes to become President, changed the bill so that it specifically forbids discrimination against LGBT people. In this latter case, reactionary religionists insist that their opposition to homosexuality is religiously based, and that, yes, their values should be respected. Yet in the past, reactionary religionists objected to interracial sexual relations. Indeed, it was not until 1967 that interracial marriage was legalized all throughout the U.S.
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2015 Dying Without Deity conference, Columbia University, April 10-11, 2015 by Robert Tapp  “The Breadth of Humanism” (listen)
“The Paul Kurtz Legacy” (listen)
2015 Dying Without Deity conference, Columbia University, April 10-11, 2015 by Robert Tapp 
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