Topic / Secularism

World Meeting of Families slammed for welcoming gays

Ireland is to host the Catholic Church’s 2018 World Meeting of Families next August – but has already run into problems because the programme for the event makes clear that homosexual unions can legitimately recognised. The programme released under the oversight of Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin even contains a cropped version of the Getty image […]

Religion impacts negatively on the kindness of youngsters

A new study that shows that children from religious families are less kind and more punitive than those from non-religious households reminded me of Ryan Duffey Strode, above, a North Carolina kid who was so filled with the loving spirit of Jesus that he told his headmaster ‘you will go to Hell’. Strode, then aged […]

Floundering Ark Encounter seeks to avoid new safety tax

Ken Ham’s $100-million white dinosaur, the Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, says it has been ‘blindsided’ by a recently implemented safety assessment tax introduced to upgrade emergency response equipment in the city. Ark Encounter bigwigs, according to this report, are basically saying: “You can’t tax us because we’re a religious organisation”, and are demanding that […]

Evolution is ‘too complicated’ for young minds in Turkey

The chair of Turkey’s Board of Education, Alpaslan Durmus, above, announced this week that evolution will no longer be taught in Turkish schools. Durmuse said in a video published on the Education Ministry’s website that evolution was debatable, controversial and too complicated for students. We believe that these subjects are beyond their [students] comprehension. Durmus […]

Australian Christians told to butt out of matters of state

Australia can’t bring itself to legalise same-sex marriage because of interference from Christian prodnoses. That’s the view of Penny Wong, above, the Labor opposition leader in the Senate, who said in her Frank Walker Memorial Lecture in Sydney today that marriage equality: Languishes in the too hard basket because of the intransigence of those who […]

Why is Facebook silencing atheist and ex-Muslim voices?

The answer, according to Muhammad Syed, above, President of the Ex-Muslims of North America, is that Islamic fundamentalists are systematically attacking Facebook pages they do not like. Syed, according to this report, took to Twitter earlier this week to report that the Facebook pages of Ex-Muslims of North America and Atheist Republic were restricted and then […]

NSS President attacks Church of England’s pastoral letter

Addressing voters in a pre-General Election pastoral letter, C of E Archbishops said faith has a central role to play in politics and that: Political responses to the problems of religiously-motivated violence and extremism, at home and overseas, must also recognise that solutions will not be found simply in further secularisation of the public realm. […]

Lay preacher: ‘NZ schools must stop favouring Christianity’

New Zealand’s Secular Education Network has filed a case with the Human Rights Review Tribunal over the teaching of Christianity in state schools. SEN’s spokesman, David Hines – third from right, above – believes all religions should be taught in an academic way and that Christianity should not be given preferential treatment. The retired journalist […]

Ireland’s latest census shows a steady decline in godliness

Reacting to Irish census figures that show a drop of just 3.4 percent of people claiming to be Catholic, Humanist Society of Ireland’s spokesperson Brian Whiteside, above, this week expressed his scepticism over the figure. In this report, Whiteside said: It seems odd that the number of Catholics has only declined by 3.4 percent. The […]

International Atheist of the Year ceremony held in Poland

At the weekend, the International Atheist Award was jointly handed in Warsaw to Michael Nugent, of Atheist Ireland and Fauzia Ilyas, founder of the Atheist & Agnostic Alliance Pakistan (AAAP) which is affiliated to the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB). They are pictured above with holding their awards. The ceremony, organised by the Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation, […]