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Churches may be allowed to endorse candidates!

Pres. Trump announced that he will "destroy" the Johnson amendment to the IRS code. This law was named after LBJ, who introduced  it when he was a Senator in 1954.   It allows nonprofit organizations (HGP included) to take stands on political issues but prohibits them from endorsing candidates.  Trump cannot change a tax law by himself, of course, but if Congress goes along with him, we will see another part of the church-state separation wall crumble.  Having church leaders speak out for or against candidates is bad enough, but repeal of the Johnson amendment might  lead to allowing nonprofits to contribute to political campaigns as part of their new "freedom of speech", which would be consistent with the Citizens United ruling.  Our national organization, AHA, takes a strong stand against repeal and so do we.  Please urge your representative and senators to oppose repeal of the Johnson amendment. 

 

Humanism is a way of life that guides us to be well and to do good without relying on anything supernatural. It is a rational philosophy that encourages the use of science, reason, and free inquiry. Humanism promotes ethical principles and social compassion to enhance the quality of life and to contribute to the well-being of society.

Humanists offer $3,000 scholarship

Spread the word! This year, Humanists of Greater Portland will again award a $3,000 scholarship to a local humanist high school senior to use toward his/her college expenses! Please let qualifying young people know about this opportunity! The competition is open to all college-bound public high school seniors in the greater Portland area with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Students may enter the contest by writing an original essay on the topic "Many young people today are replying, “none,” when asked their religious preference. How does one develop a moral compass without religion or dogma?” Full details are on the application.

Deadline for essay submission is April 30, 2017.

Our mission is to create a thriving local community that promotes and acts upon the ideals of humanism.

We offer educational programs, discussion groups, social events, and community involvement for our members and for the general public. We are based in Portland, Oregon and we serve the Greater Portland area.

Every Sunday morning we meet at Friendly House in NW Portland. At these meetings, presentations are given by various speakers on topics in four broad areas: Human Well-Being, Science and Reason, Secularism, and Humanities/Culture/Morality. Sundays at HGP also include discussion groups and time for socialization.

In addition, we offer social and intellectual activities throughout the week, all over the Portland Metro area.

HGP is a friendly organization. We welcome people who share our values in learning, growing, and enjoying the company of others in a supportive environment. We welcome atheists, agnostics, truth-seekers, skeptics, and all those who value freedom from dogma.

We encourage you to visit any of our events. Membership in HGP is open to everyone who wishes to support humanist ideals.

HGP is a chapter of the American Humanist Association (AHA)

http://americanhumanist.org

HGP is a member of the Secular Coalition of Oregon

http://states.secular.org/states/oregon