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What future does secular humanism have in America? David Niose explains.

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Originally published on December 1, 2018.   Thanks for listening to 'Cotto/Gottfried.'

29mins

11 Aug 2020

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Episode 45 - David Niose

A Better Life

Chris speaks with David Niose, lawyer, author, and former President of the American Humanist Association and Secular Coalition for America. He was also featured in the book version of A Better Life. They talk about his life growing up in a working-class family in Massachusetts, spending time with Gore Vidal, and going through difficult times without God.

51mins

1 Sep 2018

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Bi Any Means Podcast #160: Humanist Legal Society with David Niose

Bi Any Means Podcast

My guest for today is David Niose. According to his bio, he is the legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center (which is the legal arm of the American Humanist Association), running the AHLC’s Massachusetts office. His background includes experience in law and mass communication. Having practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990, Niose has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of issues. He is also the immediate past president of the American Humanist Association, and recently helped launched the Humanist Legal Society which seeks to promote humanist values in the law and throughout society. So today I have him on the show to talk about that.Links:•Humanist Legal Society: https://www.humanistlegalsociety.org/ •American Humanist Association: https://americanhumanist.org/ •Appignani Humanist Legal Center: http://www.humanistlegalcenter.org/ •The Trans Podcaster Visibility Initiative: https://www.facebook.com/transvisiblepodcaster/ •Dream Youth: http://dreamyouth.bandcamp.com •Asher Silberman: http://www.ashersilberman.com/ •My Twitter: http://twitter.com/tmamone •Bi Any Means on Twitter: http://twitter.com/bianymeanspod •Bi Any Means on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/bianymeanspodcast •The Bi Any Means/Biskeptical Podcast Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/179617892470906/ •Email: bianymeanspodcast@gmail.com •Listener line: 410-690-3558 •My Patreon page: http://www.patreon.com/tmamone•PayPal link: http://paypal.me/tmamone

35mins

2 Aug 2018

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Sensibly Speaking Podcast #64: Anti-Intellectualism is Killing America (ft. David Niose)

The Sensibly Speaking Podcast

This week, I first discuss the recent presidential election and the importance now more than ever of critical thinking and recognizing the misinformation spread rampantly on social media. After that is my interview with David Niose, author, activist and lawyer. He is the former president of the American Humanists Association and the Secular Coalition of America. We discuss humanism and secular activism, the anti-intellectualism movement, systemic problems with education and media and what we can do about it. Music by Pale Blue and LinoRise. The post Sensibly Speaking Podcast #64: Anti-Intellectualism is Killing America (ft. David Niose) appeared first on The Sensibly Speaking Podcast.

1hr 16mins

12 Nov 2016

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The Humanist Hour #201: David Niose & Monica Miller on the Appignani Humanist Legal Center

The Humanist Hour

This year, the American Humanist Association's Appignani Humanist Legal Center celebrates a decade of service. The center provides legal assistance to defend the constitutional rights of religious and secular minorities by directly challenging clear violations of the Establishment Clause and seeking equal rights for humanists, atheists and other freethinkers. Through a combination of staff and pro bono attorneys, the center engages in amicus activity, litigation, and other legal advocacy.This May, at the American Humanist Association's annual conference, David Niose, legal director for the center, and Monica Miller, senior counsel, spoke about the center. They talked about its victories and challenges, and the cases in front of it today. Their discussion is presented here for those interested in the mission of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center. It has been modified slightly for this format, and the question and answer period has been truncated. To hear the full Q&A, please watch the panel video on the American Humanist Association's YouTube channel.

29 Jun 2016

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Ep. 70 - Attorney David Niose, on Legal Issues Affecting Young Atheists

Friendly Atheist Podcast

David Niose has been the president of two major organizations, the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America. He currently serves as the AHA’s legal director. He’s also a lawyer who has argued in front of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court about why the Pledge of Allegiance shouldn’t be recited in public school classrooms. And he’s the author of Nonbeliever Nation and Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason.We spoke with David about the legal issues affecting young atheists and how they should respond. Topics addressed include: Saying the Pledge of Allegiance, "See You at the Pole" events, religious choir music, science education, Gideons Bible giveaways, faith-based assemblies, and prayers at football games. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

40mins

30 Aug 2015

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The Humanist Hour #163: Back to School Advice for Humanist Students, Parents, and Teachers, with David Niose

The Humanist Hour

In this episode, Bo Bennett speaks with AHA Legal Director David Niose about many of the issues humanist students can face in public school, and more importantly, what can be done about these issues.David Niose's background includes experience in law and mass communication. Having practiced law in Massachusetts since 1990, Niose has also worked in print and broadcast media, taught both history and law, and written extensively on a wide array of issues. Upon joining the AHA board in 2005, Niose initiated and helped develop the AHA's media campaign.Niose has appeared in national media and spoken to groups around the country, emphasizing the importance of utilizing mass media to inject humanist ideas into the public dialogue, improve the public image of humanists, and sway public opinion away from the religious right.As an attorney, Niose has advocated for church/state separation and the rights of humanists and other nontheists, and he is currently involved in implementing a legal strategy to enforce the rights of humanists and other nontheists via the avenue of equal protection law. He has worked with the Secular Coalition for America in various positions to help advocate for the rights of Secular Americans, and has served on the boards of Greater Worcester Humanists and Greater Boston Humanists.

12 Aug 2015

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Ep. 38 - David Niose, Author of "Fighting Back the Right"

Friendly Atheist Podcast

David Niose has been the president of two major organizations, the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America. He currently serves as the AHA’s legal director. He’s also a lawyer who has argued in front of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court about why the Pledge of Allegiance shouldn’t be recited in public school classrooms. And he’s the author of the fantastic book Nonbeliever Nation. His latest book is called Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason. We spoke with David about how we can convince unreasonable people to embrace reason, why the election of George W. Bush was a turning point for organized secularism in America, and which atheist ad campaigns are the most effective. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

34mins

19 Jan 2015

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The Humanist Hour #126: David Niose on “Fighting Back the Right”

The Humanist Hour

In this episode, Bo Bennett speaks with David Niose about his new book, Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming America from the Attack on Reason. David is the immediate past president of the American Humanist Association. He currently serves as the legal director of the Appignani Humanist Legal Center, running the AHLC's Massachusetts office.From Amazon: The political scene is changing rapidly in America. The religious right is on the defensive, acceptance of gay rights is at an all-time high, social conservatives are struggling for relevance, and more Americans than ever identify as nonreligious. What does this mean for the country and the future? With these demographic shifts, can truly progressive, reason-based public policy finally gain traction? Or will America continue to carry a reputation as anti-intellectual and plutocratic, eager to cater to large corporate interests but reluctant to provide universal health care to all its citizens? Fighting Back the Right reveals a new alliance in the making, a progressive coalition committed to fighting for rational public policy in America and reversing the damage inflicted by decades of conservative dominance. David Niose, Legal Director of the American Humanist Association (AHA), examines this exciting new dynamic, covering not only the rapidly evolving culture wars but also the twists and turns of American history and politics that led to this point, and why this new alliance could potentially move the country in a direction of sanity, fairness, and human-centered public policy.

26 Nov 2014

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David Niose, “Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans” (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012)

New Books in History

The perception of the United States as a Christian nation is one that is prevalent and persistent. It is difficult to conceive of a time when the term Christian America was not bandied about in the media, but as David Niose argues in his book Nonbeliever Nation: The Rise of Secular Americans(Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), the last thing the founding fathers wished for America was for it to be a space where religion and politics were intertwined. In fact, it’s time the myth of a Christian America be challenged, as nonbelievers are coming out of the shadows to proclaim their nontheism and their place in American society. Niose chronicles the history of the Religious Right and the many covert and overt ways in which they have appropriated the public discourse in the past 30 years. Despite their astounding success, secular Americans can, and should, fight back. Niose helps us to learn how.AUDIO INTERVIEW BELOW Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoicesSupport our show by becoming a premium member! https://newbooksnetwork.supportingcast.fm/history

35mins

20 May 2013

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