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CONTENT FOR ISSUE 222
HP222: The Strange Persistence of Dubious Ideas 2 / HPCONTENTS
Voice of a Humanist: Was Queen Elizabeth II a Humanist? / Simon ParcherThe queen was a kind and caring person who never shared negative opinions in public. She exemplified many humanist values and principles with her deeds, actions and decisions. However, given that the British Monarch is the head of the Church of England, it seems antithetical to suggest that she might...
EDITORIAL: More Dubious Ideas / Gary BauslaughFor the second issue in a row we are examining the odd persistence of questionable ideas. Why? I guess because there are so many of them.
Happy Girl: The Latimer Dialogues / Gary BauslaughThe arrest, trial and imprisonment of Robert Latimer for ending the life of his ailing 12-year-old daughter Tracy, in 1993, has been a case of enduring concern to the Canadian public. Did our justice system fail to find justice in this difficult case? Here we present a condensed rendering of...
“EVERYONE’S CRAZY EXCEPT FOR THEE AND ME, AND I’M NOT SURE OF THEE” / Dale BeyersteinIn being critical of the bizarre beliefs of others, we must be careful to examine our own beliefs, some of which may be just as crazy.
Dancing With Jim Crow / Ian JohnstonFor many decades, the ideals, promises and opportunities of American society were not available to Black citizens, especially in the Southern states. The lengthy struggle for equal rights and opportunities may be seen to culminate in Black domination of popular music.
Dubious to one, truth to another / James E. AlcockHow can some individuals and groups perversely deny what seems to many of us an obvious truth? Many factors apart from reason, including personality, experience, teaching and social pressure, affect how and what we believe to be true.
Monstrous Egotists, Monstrous Lies / Ben D'AndreaWhen Hitler spoke of “the big lie” many people thought that it was a dubious idea – attractive, for some reason, only in Germany. Donald Trump has proven that it was not such a dubious idea – the bigger the lie, the more attractive it gets, even in Western democracies.
Interview with Gregory Biniowsky / Lloyd Hawkeye Robertson“The Left needs to re-root itself in humanism.” This was the conclusion of Gregory Biniowsky, a life-long Leftist after he returned from a 30 year sojourn in Cuba. While there, he had been a professor at the University of Havana, an actor on Cuban television, a legal consultant to international...
Poetry and the End of the World / Gwyneth EvansWe do not usually think of poetry and the apocalypse at the same time, but Ben D'Andrea’s article in the last issue of HP, in which he cites some poems about the end of time, got Gwyneth thinking about it.
Let’s Congratulate Quebec for Bill 21 / Daniel MayoMany folks in English Canada are wrong in their criticism of Quebec’s Bill 21, the law which promotes secularism. This progressive bill should be celebrated, not condemned.
Book Review: Miss Bo Lyell's Rambles In The New World by M. K. SINGLETON / Sophie DuleshThis is a fictional story of two ladies, Boadeccia (Bo) from Warwickshire and Danica from Leicestershire, young cousins from the old, influential and rich Lyell family. In 1869, they sailed to America to start a new life.
Humanist Perspectives Short Submission Contest 222 / WebmasterWe invite you to share your humanist views with us in a paragraph or two (MAX 1000 chars) on one of the following subjects reflected by these 3 images.