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Lipman, Mel
"We can all work toward that goal [a positive image of atheists and humanists] by openly discussing our non-belief whenever the opportunity arises. For example, suppose we tell trusted friends and neighbors who respect us that we don’t believe in supernatural gods? They will then realize that good people hold these kinds of views. That kind of realization will make it easier for the rest of us to start acknowledging our beliefs and non-beliefs."

-- Mel Lipman

Mel Lipman is president of the American Humanist Association, the largest and oldest Humanist organization in the United States. He has lived in Las Vegas, NV for the past 30 years, has been married for 49 years and has two teenage grandsons.

He is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator and a former supervising examiner for the Federal Reserve Board. Lipman teaches Constitutional Law and U.S. History at Nevada State College and at University of Phoenix. He is a former board member of the Nevada Civil Liberties Union and remains active in many ACLU efforts. A Humanist minister, Lipman is a member of the Las Vegas Interfaith Council and frequently lectures on church-state issues.

He has appeared on numerous radio and TV talk shows (local and national) to talk about Humanism and church/state issues and his articles and letters have been published in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States. In 1993, Lipman was very involved in the successful grassroots effort that removed Nevada’s anti-gay sodomy law. He remains a community activist in humanist and gay rights issues. Mel has been a Unitarian Universalist for 39 years and was president of the Las Vegas UU Congregation for 5 years. He was also a staff member at the Pacific SW District’s Leadership Training School.

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