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This month's guests on the HNN Audio Podcastare Harvard Law Prof. Alan M. Dershowitz, Humanistic Judaism founderRabbi Sherwin Wine, and student gay rights activist Erin Davies of the"Fag Bug" project.

Segment 1: Rushdie honor inflames Muslim world

Update: Jes and Duncan give a brief update on recent HNN podcastguest Salman Rushdie. Rushdie was recently knighted by Queen Elizabeth.Muslims in Iran and Pakistan are threatening violence.

End: 3:05

Segment 2: Secular Government and Human Rights

Interview: Duncan interviews Harvard Law Prof. Alan M.Dershowitz on the steps of Harvard. Dershowitz muses on why "secular"has become a dirty word and explains why secular law is necessary toensure human rights for believers and non-believers alike.

End: 7:00

Segment 3: What is Humanistic Judaism?

Interview: Duncan Crary and Matt Cherry speak to Rabbi Sherwin Wine,founder of the international movement known as Humanistic Judaism. Wineexplains why about half of all Jews describe themselves as "secular."He also explains the ceremonies performed by atheist rabbis likehimself.

End: 28:01

Segment 4: Fagbug Teaches People About Homophobia

Interview: Jes Constantine speaks to Erin Davies, a graduatestudent, about her national tour to raise awareness about homophobia.When Davies discovered that her car was vandalized with anti gay slursbecause of a gay pride rainbow sticker she was hurt. Then she decidedto leave the slurs on her car and bring it on the road to show peoplefirst-hand the ugliness of homophobia and prejudice.

End: 44:00


  • "A Besere Velt (A Better World)" Yiddish Chorus of the Workmen's Circle, directed by Lisa Gallatin.*
  • "Brudershaft Lid" by M.Birnbaum, arranged by L. Gallatin*
  • "Yungnt Himen" text by S. Kacerginski, music by B. Rubin, arranged by Z. Mlotek, adapted by L. Gallatin. *

*live performance recordings provided courtesy of the Humanist Chaplaincy at Harvard University.


Society for Humanistic Judaism | Fag Bug | The New Humanism Conference | Harvard Humanist Chaplaincy

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