Feb 05


For Immediate Release

Rebecca Friedman, Humanists of Washington Secretary

(Olympia, WA, Feb. 5, 2017) — Humanists of Washington celebrates the ceremonial proclamation from Governor Jay Inslee declaring February 12, 2017 “Darwin Day” in Washington State.  The proclamation request was submitted by Rebecca Friedman on behalf of Humanists of Washington, as part of the nation-wide effort spearheaded by the American Humanist Association and the Secular Coalition for America. Friedman’s suggested text was adopted by Governor Inslee, and highlights the importance of scientific discovery, intellectual bravery, and hunger for the truth.  Inslee concluded the proclamation by encouraging “all people in [the] state to join [him] in this special observance.”

“Humanists value the strength of science in helping us understand and protect our natural world,” said Friedman.  “Darwin Day is more than just a celebration of the man Charles Darwin; it’s a celebration of human ingenuity, intellectual bravery in the face of rebuke, and the promise that science holds in helping secure the future of our planet and its living things.”

Washingtonians will gather for Darwin Day celebrations organized by Seattle Atheists in Bellvue, and by Humanists of the Palouse, an interstate group incorporated just across the state border in Moscow, ID.  International Darwin Day was founded by Dr. Robert Stephens in 1993, and is celebrated by freethinking and science-minded communities and institutions world wide.  More information can be found at www.DarwinDay.org.


Read Gov. Inslee’s Darwin Day Proclamation (pdf)
Darwin Day

Feb 05

H.O.W. Stands in Solidarity with Detainees and Families

Bienvenido, estamos contigo signOn a cold rainy Saturday in February, members of Humanists of Washington gathered at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Washington for a day of solidarity with individuals in federal immigration detention and their families.  Visitors trek long distances for limited visiting hours with loved ones housed at NWDC, and event attendees came prepared with coffee, snacks, meals, and toys for traveling children.  The event was organized by NWDC Resistence/Resistencia NWDC and the Coalition of Anti-Racist Whites, who welcomed speakers from a diverse variety of backgrounds and experiences.

According to Humanism and its Aspirations (Humanist Manifesto 3):

Humanists ground values in human welfare shaped by human circumstances, interests, and concerns and extended to the global ecosystem and beyond. We are committed to treating each person as having inherent worth and dignity, and to making informed choices in a context of freedom consonant with responsibility.

3 activists stand with a painted poster that says "Dignidad" in Spanish (English: "Dignity")It is this concern for human welfare that motivates us to stand in solidarity against the fundamentally inhumane and unfair conditions suffered by detainees.  We encourage interested members to contact us with ideas that interest you for activism, and to keep up with NWDC Resistence or CARW for future events.

May 30

2015 Annual Freethinkers Independence Day Picnic

Humanists and Freethinkers from the Puget Sound region, it’s time again to celebrate Independence Day with our annual Freethinkers Picnic! Celebrate Independence Day and the arrival of summer with our annual potluck. Humanists and freethinkers from across the Puget Sound and beyond are invited to this family-friendly picnic. Share freely with your group/meetup!

Food served 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Cleanup starts at 5:00 pm

Bring your family, some Frisbees, a blanket, sunscreen, and a picnic-friendly dish to share! We welcome volunteers, including teens, who’d like to help with setup around 11:30 am or lawn games during the event!  RSVP via our Secular Seattle Meetup group.

Getting There: Enter and park at 20th Ave N.E and N.E. 58th Street and meet us at the picnic shelter.

Map of Ravenna Park



Feb 21

Open Letter to Clark County

signs_croppedAfter our initial success in preventing an “In God We Trust” plaque from being approved for display in the Clark County public hearing room earlier this month, the County’s Board of Councilors has revived the issue. Another meeting on this topic will be held on Tuesday, February 24th at 10 AM at the Clark County Public Service Center (CCPSC).

We encourage members of the community who are opposed to divisive language in local government to attend the meeting and to sign this letter. An informal rally will be held prior to Tuesday’s meeting in the plaza in front of the CCPSC beginning at 9 AM.

The letter will be presented to the Councilors during the time allotted for public comment.   While all are encouraged to sign, it is vitally important that as many citizens of Clark County as possible are represented in the letter. So please sign it, and share it with your friends and neighbors.


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Feb 08

E Pluribus Unum: A Rally For Unity

Join Humanists of Washington, CFI Vancouver Skeptics, the Portland chapter of Freedom from Religion Foundation, Freethinkers of Portland State University, Americans United for Separation of Church and State–Columbia Chapter, and CFI–Portland in opposing Clark County Councilor Mielke’s proposal to “permanently and prominently display” the words “In God We Trust” in the Clark County Council Chambers. The proposal is nearly identical to the resolution that was proposed and eventually adopted in July 2014 by Pierce  County Council.  

The Clark County Board of County Councilors is considering a proposal to post “In God We Trust” in the county’s main public hearing room. The Board of Councilors will be making a decision on this issue at their February 10th meeting.  We encourage anyone living in the area to attend the meeting and to speak out against Councilor Mielke’s proposal. Prior to the meeting, please join us for a rally in the plaza outside the County building.

Tuesday, February 10th:
9:00am –– Rally outside of County building
9:30am –– Head inside
10:00am –– Provide public comment

Mielke is collaborating with an out-of-state special interest group, In God We Trust-America, Inc., to direct County resources toward the pursuit of divisive politics. The move has been roundly criticized for being both out of touch and unnecessarily divisive.

In God We Trust-America, Inc. is a national outfit seeking to “acknowledge and affirm the role that faith in God plays in the public lives of the citizens in this country.”

By endorsing this message, Councilor Mielke is conveying to all those Clark County residents who do not worship the Judeo-Christian God that they are not full and equal members of the community—a notion that would be reinforced every time they entered the County Chambers to access their elected officials should this resolution pass.

It is the position of our sponsoring groups that Clark County Councilors should reject Mielke’s proposal, and would be wise to instead draw guidance from a more deeply rooted American motto: “E Pluribus Unum”. Latin for “out of many, one,” the phrase served as our national motto for 180 years until being revised in 1956 as a reaction to the purported “godlessness” of communism.

Stay up to date on unfolding events via the Facebook event, and feel free to promote via social media!

Nov 12

2014 Solstice Potluck

red-berriesHumanists of Washington and Seattle Atheists, along with the University Unitarian Humanists, cordially invite freethinkers from Seattle and beyond to celebrate the coming winter solstice with our annual Solstice Potluck!

When: Sunday, Dec. 7, 5pm-8pm

Where: University Unitarian Church, 6556 35th AVE NE Seattle, WA 98115

What to bring: A prepared dish to share with 8 or more people.

Juice, tea, coffee, and adult beverages already await you. Ingredient labels are appreciated for guests with allergies and dietary restrictions.  If you’d like to participate in a White Elephant gift exchange, bring a funny, intriguing, ridiculous, or otherwise entertaining wrapped gift valued at under $15–family-friendly, please!xmas-gift

Freethinkers of all ages and affiliations from around western Washington are welcome at this family-friendly event, and allied groups are encouraged to link and cross-post via your social media outlets and newsletters.  Eager volunteers should email info@HumanistsOfWashington.org to see how you can help with setup, cleanup, and event management.  After we clean up, those wanting to continue the revelry later into the evening will likely meet at a nearby establishment. Stay tuned for location information from H.O.W  and S.A. leadership.







Nov 06

Debate: Does God Exist?

Does God Exist? event posterOn Saturday, November 15, 2014 at 6:00 pm, Humanists of Washington board member at large Bob Seidensticker will debate Rand Wagner at the Shelton Civic Center. Bob spent many years in the software industry, and is now an author and blogger at Cross Examined on the Patheos network. His debut novel Cross Examined explores themes of religious apologetics and faith. Rand Wagner is a licensed funeral director and the pastor/founder of the online community Thoughtlife Ministries. He holds degrees in Theology and Apologetics. Humanists of Washington urges Freethinkers in Western Washington to make a supportive showing! RSVP via our Secular South Sound meetup! Like-minded groups should feel free to cross-list the event. We hope to see you there!

COST: free

Aug 28

Membership Meeting Sept. 13

Screen Shot 2013-10-30 at 11.44.59 PMCome meet the board of Humanists of Washington, hear about H.o.W.’s recent activities in the community, learn about what’s in store, and find out how you can get involved!

Join us at our Annual Membership Meeting Saturday, Sept. 13, 3-5 PM at King County’s Skyway Library, 7614 S. 126th St., Seattle , WA. Your board looks forward to collaborating with Humanists and freethinkers throughout Washington State. New and prospective members, supporters of Humanism, leaders and members of allied groups–all are welcome!

Afterwards, those in attendance will head out to a to-be-determined local establishment for food and drinks.  More details on event program to follow!  RSVP through one of our three meetup groups, our facebook event, or just surprise us in person on Saturday, September 13!

Jul 29

Open Letter to Pierce County Council

Concerned Humanists and Allies, HOW President Sam Mulvey will present the following letter to the Pierce County Council on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at the 3 pm council meeting.  Please sign below by leaving a comment, including your name and location.

Esteemed Pierce County Councilmembers,
We, the undersigned, strongly oppose a resolution that would create a prominent, permanent display of the words “In God We Trust” in the Pierce County Council Chambers.

The resolution describes the phrase as “inspiring” and provides “a profound source of strength and guidance”. On the contrary: it hardly does so for all Pierce County residents. According to the 2008 American Religious Identification Survey, 25% of Washington adults have no religion, and Pew Research Center reports that one in three young adults in America is nonreligious. Additionally, the term “God” is rooted in a Judeo-Christian tradition that excludes adherents of minority religions as well as nonbelievers.

A far cry from celebrating our national heritage, the Council’s adoption of the motto would harken to a time in our national history when atheism, Humanism, and communism were conflated and reviled; the phrase only usurped our national motto in 1956 during the Cold War.

As James Madison wrote in 1788: “There is not a shadow of right in the general government to intermeddle with religion. Its least interference with it, would be a most flagrant usurpation.”

Pierce County Council, refrain from intermeddling. Remain representative of all your constituents, and do not display divisive and exclusive messages in our Chamber.


Humanists of Washington


Adrian Nelsen
Jennifer Cox
Yvette Parfait
Douglas Parfait
Kayla Conner
Jerry Schiffelbein
Michael Hoover
C. Cullivan
K. Cullivan
K. Kennedy
Sonya Selbach
Lisa Spoonts
Eli Gandour-Rood
MEredith Brogan
Luke Turner
Luke Turner
Andrew Olson
Andrew Mobley
Todd Mulvey
Todd Mulvey
Larry Dunn
Jamey c Rivera
Scott Haydon
Katy Evans
Evan Query
Alan Mortensen
Lance Nelson
Karen L. Lew
Kiah Beeman
Kyle Sinclair
Steven Ammann
Nicole Plastino
Carlos Sandoval
Kay Bratton
Bri Darby
Julianna Wiesenhutter
Dan Bennett
James McMichael
Laud E. Mercy
John Birch
James Steel
Mick E. Maus
Forest Huggin
Britton Sukys
Steve Coffman
Jenny Lees
Glenn Darby
Satan Darkangel
Bruce Sharer
Stacy Emerson
Dave Brouillette
Brittne Lunniss
Rubi Goldstein
Laurence S. Erhardt
Thomas B Delahunt
Lilith Langston
Yoshi Kumara
Andrea Capere
RR Anderson
Burt Clotheir
Delores Powell
Mark Powell
Roussi Roussev
Robert S. Hyland
Jeffery Anderson
Mauricio Perez
Anu Ramanathan
Nick Kennedy
Brandon Ivey
Josh Rizeberg
Linda Pomeroy
Tristan Carette-Meyers
Maximilian Hyland
Aaron Myracle
Jeniffer Alfaro
Carmel Thompson
Cheryl Overley
Malissa Page
Jessica Cordova
Theresa Pollard
Eleanor Morris
Tracy H.
Amber Case
Ashley Keiser
Michael Segers
Tom Bates
Jen Potter
Daniel Sande
Michael Hernandez
Jennifer Ostlund
Jim Malone
Julia Larson
Tom Malmevik
Sherri Hall
Michael Keiser
Roslyn Townsend
Bonnie Warner
Manuel Matos
Ulrike Dunlap
Tom Smith
Rich Lyons
Kajal Deepak
Steven DuBois
Kenneth Horn
Sean Duncan
Mike Gillis
Caiden Sacks
Iris Tio
Constance Brumm
Michelle Newland
Jason McDonald
Tyson Pfingston
John Burton
Patricia Menzies
Darren Garvin
F Avery Bishop
Ben Gregory
Ray Newland
Tara Cross
Edward Lang
Jane Pulliam
Chris Wukasch
Elisha Parks
Misha Balch
Kathleen Foley
James Ulness
Jackie Harris
Valerie Tarico
Misty Ashbrook
Gregg Sperling
James Anthony
Sara Finch
Sean DeButts
Joseph Colombo
Kristina Jones
sara dundin
Frank Blair
Brett Hansen
Elizabeth DeNoma
Erika Clayton
Daniel Hansen
Brad Tankersley
Douglas Bowers
Brian Vitsmun
Ruth Pyren
Suzan whitehouse
Monica Flynn
Mike House
Daniel Mauch
Kami Olsen
Adarsh Panikkar
Katelyn Driskill
Gregory R King
Deanna Joy Lyons
Scot Junglas
Don Morris
Jeff Nathan
Matt Griscom
Allan Poobus
Ari Stolar
Audrey Moreland
Heidi Van Auken
Donald Serna-Grey
Benee Kent
Amber Kost
Tom Newhof
Adrian Brown
Steven Spencer
Darcy Davis
Adam Smith
Melissa Watts
Lance Finney
April Rasmussen
Rada Bittner-Rozenberg
Marshall Goldberg
Bridget Lombardo
Raymond s Harig
Paul Mopps
Raymond s Harig
Rich Kingdon
Bob Seidensticker
Aaron Flett
Rebecca Vitsmun
Jen Mayer
Randi Stumpp
Joshua Oberg
Robert Ray
Keith Barnes
Michael Marion
Natalie Koonce
Christopher Hawthorne
Rebecca Friedman
Sam Mulvey


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Jul 28

CALL TO ACTION: In god we trust?

On Monday, July 28th, H.O.W. President Sam Mulvey and Secretary Becky Friedman attended a committee meeting of the Pierce County Council where District 3 Councilmember Jim McCune proposed a resolution to permanently display “In God We Trust” in a prominent location in Pierce County Council chambers. Sam testified to the divisive nature of the display, and spoke of the Christian dominionist groundings of the nationwide movement to install such displays in governmental buildings.

The resolution will come before the full council on Tuesday, July 28 at 3 pm at the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma. Councilmember McCune has stacked public comment session with pro-God, pro-Christian speakers. We need your help in several important ways:

  1. Pierce County residents, email your district representative, especially if you are a constituent in Districts 1, 2, 3, 6 or 7.  (Councilmembers Ladenburg and Talbert of Districts 4 and 5 are already on the record opposing the resolution).
  2. Encourage your fellow residents to do the same, stating your opposition to R2014-80s.
  3. Thank Councilmembers Ladenburg and Talbert for their commitment to inclusiveness, and their willingness to focus on religion-free governmental administration.
  4. Send this message along through email, word of mouth, and social media.  Several councilmembers expressed astonishment that the resolution would be considered controversial, since they rarely heard from any of their constituents that such a message could be perceived as exclusive or offensive.
  5. Email the Board for details on where to gather at 1 pm on Tues, July 29 to strategize testimony for the public comment session.
  6. Sign your name in our open letter to the Pierce County Council opposing this resolution.

Note that feedback from outside the county tends to be ignored by councilmembers, so if you reside or work outside Pierce, help mobilize Pierce residents to voice their concerns! This doesn’t just apply to Humanists and atheists, but to all those for whom trust in a Judeo-Christian god does not apply.


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