Topic / Atheism

Florida pastor vows to destroy planned Satanic holiday display

Pastor Mark Boykin, above, senior pastor at the Church of All Nations in Boca Raton, has a sledgehammer. And he told media this week that he plans to use it to knock down a display due to be set up in a local park to honour Satan. Boykin said in this report: In essence they’re […]

Help feed orphans and promote secular humanism in Uganda

The Brighter Brains Institute, a California-based non-profit secular humanist organisation, has launched a funding campaign to establish a tilapia fish pond in Kanungu in Uganda, near the Congo border. Tilapia is a native African fish that is easily farmed and reproduces quickly, and the plan is to cultivate the fish to provide both food and financial […]

Seeking publicity in the name of absurd religious sentiments

Gaurav Tyagi, a new contributor to the Freethinker, reflects on the recent row over an Australian advertisement for meat. India has lodged a diplomatic protest with Australia over the ad. The Catholic Secular Forum (CSF) in India also raised objections to it and sought a boycott of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and a ban […]

Nigerian Humanist Leo Igwe gets top award from IHEU

Nigerian human rights campaigner Leo Igwe, above, has received the 2017 Distinguished Services to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He received the award on Sunday from IHEU President Andrew Copson at IHEU’s 2017 General Assembly in London. In this piece published by Modern Ghana, Igwe wrote: I dedicate this award […]

Atheists’ gathering incurs the anger of authorities in Malaysia

Just days after the picture above was posted on the Atheist Republic Facebook page, Malaysia’s Deputy Minister in charge of religious affairs said he he had instructed the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department to investigate the local Atheist Republic chapter to see if any Muslims were involve According to this International Humanist and Ethical Union report, […]

British actor’s God blunder highlights Star Trek’s atheism

In the new Star Trek: Discovery TV series Captain Gabriel Lorca, played by Jason Isaacs,  strides across the Starship Discovery bridge in the midst of a battle against the Klingons, and says ‘fire at something, for God’s sakes! According to Entertainment, the director abruptly halts the action and Isaacs, of Harry Potter fame, steps off […]

US radio station slammed for cancelling Dawkins event

A radio station in Berkeley, California, has pulled the plug on a talk scheduled to be given by Professor Richard Dawkins in August, much to the fury of free speech advocates. KPFA, organisers of the talk, said it had cancelled the event because of Dawkins’ “abusive” comments about Islam. A statement from KPFA said: We […]

Poles apart: religion and the real world

When I was growing up in a religious Polish family I found myself really close to the church. I spend years helping with all all the ceremonies, and watching people who were attending them. I could not speak against the religion as this would have been unacceptable, but what I could do was simply observe […]

Oz’s godlessness blamed on aggressive atheists & ‘queers’

It was widely reported last week that the number of atheists in Australia had increased by an amazing 45 percent in just five years. Jennifer Oriel, above, a columnist for The Australian, was appalled by the rise, which took place between the Australian census of 2011 and the one in 2016. Australia was created as […]

N Ireland couple challenge law over humanist weddings

Model Laura Lacole, 27,  and footballer Eunan O’Kane, 26, above – both humanists – have mounted  a court challenge to have their upcoming wedding recognised as legal without having a separate religious or civil ceremony. According to the Guardian, Lacole is marrying the Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder O’Kane in Northern Ireland next […]