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.

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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.

Monday, February 16, 2015

FBI joins probe into graffiti at Islamic School of Rhode Island


The Humanists of Rhode Island (HRI) decry the recent vandalism of the Islamic School of Rhode Island. We wish to join our voices with the chorus of citizens, religious or not, denouncing violence and hate crimes that serve only to divide our community.

Steve Ahlquist, President of the Humanists of Rhode Island, said, “Roger Williams, the founder of our state, expressly invited all people of good conscience to participate in our secular government, regardless of their religious beliefs. Ours was the first democratic government to expressly invite Pagans, Jews, Muslims and atheists to be free citizens in the new world. This is our heritage. It is a legacy we should protect and be proud of.”

The Humanists of Rhode Island believe that recent events, such the murder of the three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, the burning of the Islamic School in Houston, Texas and now the vandalism of the Islamic School here in Rhode Island, demonstrate the need for a renewed commitment to our values of inclusion, freedom of conscience, and civil discourse.

In this spirit, the Humanists of Rhode Island stand in solidarity with the Islamic community to oppose hate and violence.

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Humanism is a progressive philosophy of life that, without theism and other supernatural beliefs, affirms our ability and responsibility to lead ethical lives of personal fulfillment that aspire to the greater good of humanity.

Humanists of Rhode Island is dedicated to good works and service projects that will best demonstrate our ideals.

Steve Ahlquist

Thursday, January 8, 2015

‘American Irony: Religious Freedom and Slavery’

A presentation on “American Irony: Religious Freedom and Slavery in Colonial Newport” will be hosted by the Humanists of Rhode Island on Monday, Jan. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Edward King House, 35 King St. Keith Stokes, a descendant of Newport’s early African American and Jewish families, will give the presentation. Mr. Stokes and his wife, Theresa Guzman Stokes, are active in Newport historical projects and have been leaders in restoring the portion of Newport’s Colonial-era slave burial ground known as God’s Little Acre. The presentation is open to the public and is free.

Source: Newport This Week