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|Humanism in Puerto Rico: A Light of Reason in the Isle of Enchantment|
|Date||Sunday December 17|
|Time||11:00 AM - 12:30 PM|
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Humanist House is located at 1180 Coleman Ave, San Jose, CA 95110. Heading north on Coleman Ave, turn right and park in back, or on Aviation Ave., behind the property. Or take Caltrain, or 22/522 buses on El Camino, to Santa Clara Caltrain station; take the 10 bus east to Coleman at Brokaw, cross Coleman and walk south.
Humanism in Puerto Rico: a Light of Reason in the Isle of Enchantment
Today's presentation will cover the history of Puerto Rico's church and state debates since the Paris Treaty to the present. From its cultural ingrained Catholicism to its mixture with Santeria and other pagan traditions, Puerto Rico has a particularly rich variety of traditions that have shaped its present melting pot. And now that a fervent religious right has more politicians in power than ever, this is also a hopeful story of how effective secular humanism can be in shaping the debate and protecting human rights.
Antonio Jose Torres graduated from the University of Puerto Rico - Rio Piedras where he studied economics and accounting. He has been active in the secular movement and did legal research as well as the treasury for Humanistas Seculares de Puerto Rico before moving to California in 2016. Having gone from fervent conspiracy theory believer to skeptic, he discusses some of the most common struggles that millennials are facing in the island between faith and reason.
Lectures are free and open to the public.