Topic / Secularism

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, […]

Rabbi allegedly stole funds from special needs school

Rabbi Osher Eisemann, 60, above, of Lakewood in New Jersey, has been indicted for stealing $630,000 worth of public tuition money from a special needs school that he founded – and used much of the cash to invest in a clothing business. The tuition funds, according to this report, were meant to go towards students […]

NSS awards Secularist of the Year prize to Yasmin Rehman

The Irwin Prize of £5000 for Secularist of the Year 2017 was awarded in London yesterday by the National Secular Society to Yasmin Rehman, the secular campaigner for women’s rights.  Rehman has spent much of the past two years to get the Government to recognise the dangers faced by ex-Muslims and Ahmadi Muslims from Islamic […]

US study shows that children fare better in secular families

For almost 40 years, Vern L Bengtson, above, a USC professor of gerontology and sociology, has overseen the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which has become the largest study of religion and family life conducted across several generations in the United States. According to Phil Zuckerman, writing for the LA Times, when Bengston noticed the growth […]

Back in the fold: Toronto AA chapters that expunged God

Two secular AA chapters – delisted by the Alcoholics Anonymous Greater Toronto Area Intergroup – have regained acceptance following a lengthy dispute sparked by Larry Knight, 59, above. Knight, according to this report, was involved with the founding of two godless AA groups in Toronto, one in 2009 and another the following year. Someone unhappy […]

A Clash of the Uncivilised

Trump, Muslim Profiling and the Far-Right’s Assault Donald Trump’s suspension of new refugee admissions for 120 days and the barring of nationals from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia for 90 days (likely to be extended) is fundamentally about a far-right restructuring of US society under the guise of ‘stopping terrorism’ and defending […]