Humanist Voices in Verse:

This week’s poem “Fe-Male-lytic” is by Paul Heffron. He is a former minister with the United Church of Christ and earned a Ph.D. in American Studies at the University of Minnesota. He is a professional musician, dance band leader, and song writer who is currently a member of the Freethought Band. An AHA member for 30 years, he was a founding member of the AHA’s Minnesota Chapter and editor of its “Humanist News and Views” for many years.

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In an age of equality
God can’t be a he or a she.
So theologians more analytic
Make deities hermaphroditic.

So now when you pray,
Is it correct to say,
“Dear Neither-This-Nor-That
Or our Heavenly Hermaphrocrat?”

—Paul Heffron