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Mon Oct 22, 2012, 05:35 AM

Humanists Mourn Death of Paul Kurtz, Humanist Philosopher and Advocate

Humanists and atheists are mourning the death of humanist Dr. Paul Kurtz, former editor of the American Humanist Association’s Humanist magazine and founder of the Council for Secular Humanism, who died on Oct. 21, 2012 at the age of 86. His death means the loss of one of secular humanism’s most prominent advocates.

“Paul Kurtz worked tirelessly for decades to see secular humanism become accepted as an alternative philosophy to traditional religion,” said Roy Speckhardt, the executive director of the American Humanist Association. “The attention and guidance he gave to the humanist movement had an unmistakable global impact.”

Paul Kurtz served on the American Humanist Association Board of Directors from 1968-1981 and as editor of Humanist magazine from 1967-1978 before establishing the Council for Secular Humanism.

In 1973 he worked with Edwin H. Wilson and the American Humanist Association to create the draft of what would become the Humanist Manifesto II (an updated Humanist Manifesto III was adopted in 2003).

http://www.americanhumanist.org/news/details/2011-11-humanists-mourn-death-of-paul-kurtz-humanist-philoso

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Reply Humanists Mourn Death of Paul Kurtz, Humanist Philosopher and Advocate (Original post)
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Mon Oct 22, 2012, 04:42 PM

1. If Dawkins is our Jesus, then Kurtz was our Moses...

Perhaps a great man to some -- I often personally disagreed with him -- but still can't deny the benefits of his accomplishments. He was such a long time, tireless fixture in the humanist movement, whether or not I agreed with his positions (i.e. I was really hoped he would change, or at least soften, his "hands-off religion" stance for skepticism before he died), I still find it hard not to praise his contributions and dedication to skepticism over his long career.

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Mon Oct 22, 2012, 04:59 PM

2. And yet, ironically, there's someone in Religion ranting about Kurtz being intolerant of religion

But they do go on to attack materialism as being responsible for destroying liberalism, so there's no link to reality in their ravings. I think they just have some personal vendetta against Kurtz, and need to spread their hate a bit.

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Response to muriel_volestrangler (Reply #2)

Wed Oct 24, 2012, 10:49 PM

3. Just goes to prove...

You can't take the middle-of-the-road position without getting rocks thrown at you from both sides (rather than merely one).

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