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Thursday, July 28, 2005

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 Seeking altruistic atheists and humanist humanitarians

Do you put your humanist principles into practice by helping others in your community? Or do you know a non-religious person with an inspiring life story who has helped make the world a better place? If so, the BBC wants to hear from you.

The Institute for Humanist Studies is working with the BBC on an educational program provisionally titled "Secular Beliefs." The show aims, in the words of the BBC, to "introduce pupils to a range of non-religious people and their beliefs, from ancient Greece to the present day. It will explore the meaning of terms such as 'atheist' and 'humanist' and will examine the ethics, values and sense of human meaning and purpose associated with them."

The BBC would like to include some segments on humanists whose charitable work reflects their humanist ethics. For example, a visionary lawyer who is committed to working with people on death row on a pro-bono basis, or a doctor who volunteers her time to a marginalized group. The BBC would prefer unsung heroes to celebrity atheists. The person would have to be willing to be interviewed, and possibly filmed in action. The program will be shot in the U.S. and the U.K.

If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else as a possible interviewee please email Info@HumanistStudies.org. The email should include a brief biography of the humanist humanitarian, explaining what they do and why. It should give the subject's contact details, including phone and email, and also their location and, ideally, address.

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