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The ISHV Cyber Think Tank A digest of articles, interviews, and blogs of consequence for thinking humanists and secularists everywhere        (Compiled by Robert Tapp)
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The Institute for Science and Human Values strongly supports the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs proposed rule that would prohibit federal contractors         from maintaining pay secrecy policies. Under the terms of the proposal, federal contractors and subcontractors may not fire or otherwise discriminate against any employee or applicant for discussing, disclosing or inquiring about their compensation or that of another employee or applicant. According to the National Committee on Pay Equity, women in 1973 earned 56.6% of what men earned.    By 2010, the gap had narrowed somewhat.  Women then earned 77.4% of men’s earnings.  Still women in the U.S. have a long way to go for full wage parity.  Economist Evelyn Murphy, President of The Wage Project, estimates that over a working lifetime of 47 years, the current wage gap amounts to a loss in wages for a woman of $700,000 for a high school graduate, $1.2 million for a college graduate, and $2 million for a professional school graduate.  These are staggering figures.
by Marcia Cohen
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by Toni Van Pelt
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“Stay” and the secular Argumant Against Suicide.
by Toni Van Pelt
Enacted by Congress in 1992 and officially recognized every January 16 by an annual presidential proclamation, Religious Freedom Day ought to be an official national holiday. After all we have off for Easter, the religious celebration that really should have no official recognition in a truly secular, democratic country. Let’s recognize and celebrate one of the most important tenets of our country, religious liberty. What is Religious Freedom Day all about?  Religious Freedom Day commemorates the enactment of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom in 1786. From President Obama's 2014 proclamation we are reminded the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, penned by Thomas Jefferson, declared religious liberty a natural right and any attempt to subvert it "a departure from the plan of the Holy Author of our religion, who being Lord both of body and mind, yet chose not to propagate it by coercions on either. The Statute inspired religious liberty protections in the First Amendment, which has stood for almost two and a quarter centuries.”
Toni Van Pelt
January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
President Barack Obama has declared January National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month by signing a Presidential proclamation. The President condemns slavery and human trafficking, not only in the U.S., but worldwide. The month is also referred to as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, and January 11th was Human Trafficking Awareness Day. The celebration culminates on February 1st with National Freedom Day. People everywhere are encouraged to be on the lookout for human trafficking and to recognize the need to get involved and combat it.
There are two major secular arguments against despair suicide*, the first is about what you mean to the community and the second is about what you owe to your future self. Historically people have been aware that a suicige can lead to more suicide; in a school, a towm, a profession and other groups/ Sociology statistics now bear out these observations. Because suicide can do fatal harm to others, it is not a morally neutral act/ That means that just by persisting we are making a lifr-saving contribution to our community.
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