Tuesday, June 23, 2015

IndiVISIBLE: RI Pride is radicalized

Maselli asks, “Rhode Island has marriage, now where do we go from here?” and answers, “We are queering living wagesaccess to health care and transgender justice.Queering total immigration reform and ending incarceration. We are queering feminism, queering the way we talk about race, queering HIV activism, queering heteronormative ideas of marriage and couplehood, queerly engaging in radical protest, getting old queerly. We need to create a movement that says not only, ‘We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it’ but one that says “Join us, dream with us, dare with us, go for broke, and change the world.’

By Steve Ahlquist 
Rhode Island Future

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Public Hearing Set For Controversial 'Right To Die' Legislation

Secular and religious factions are forming over proposed “right to die” legislation making its way through the Senate. A hearing on the proposed bill is slated for Thursday. The proposed legislation would allow terminally ill, mentally sound patients to end their lives with the help of a physician. 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Action Alert: Senate Hearing on Death with Dignity Thursday May 28!

On April 9, Democratic Representatives Edith H. Ajello, David A. Bennett, Christopher R. Blazejewski, J. Aaron Regunberg, and Teresa Ann Tanzi introduced H 5507 (“Lila Mansfield Sapinsly Compassionate Care Act”) in the Rhode Island General Assembly. This bill would allow terminally ill and medically competent adults to request and receive prescription medication to hasten a compassionate and dignified end to their suffering. The House Committee on Health, Education, and Welfare is holding the bill for further study. The Senate companion bill (S 589), sponsored by Gayle L. Goldin, Christopher S. Ottiano, Joshua Miller, Erin P. Lynch, and Paul V. Jabour, is scheduled for a hearing by the judiciary committee on Thursday, May 28.

- See more at: http://states.secular.org/states/rhode-island/post/action-alert-support-compassionate-care-act#sthash.LrNgzAAd.dpuf

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Fall 2014 issue of Religious Humanism features article by Steve Ahlquist

The Fall, 2014 issue of Religious Humanism features a piece by Steve Ahlquist for RI Future about a panel he attended in New York ahead of the People's Climate March.

The piece was entitled "Fighting climate change will require radical economic solutions" and included as part of this issue's theme of "Climate Change." 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Better Than Sects: Debate Post Mortem

Better Than Sects: Debate Post Mortem: It seems reasonable to question what our response to radical interdependence gains from the belief that we are at the mercy of a cosmic intelligence. If turning to each other is the solution, who needs gods? A response to radical interdependence without supernaturalism is distinct enough from the common understanding of religion to be called by another name. Such a response already exists. It's the philosophy known as humanism.