Now here in an interview well worth watching. From the 2014 World Humanist Congress: journalist, TV presenter, and Labour party peer Baroness Joan Bakewell interviews the legendary human rights activist Peter Tatchell. He is a truly inspirational person who truly has dedicated his entire life to human rights and has made a real difference in the world. It is long, 1 hour 30 minutes, but if you have the time, it is well worth the investment.
Raif Badawi, the Saudi blogger jailed and sentenced to 1000 lashes for simply running a website that called for the peaceful discussion of religion and religious issue, now faces a potential death sentence. The UK's Independent reports ... Mr Badawi’s wife, Ensaf Haidar, told The Independent in a series of messages that judges in Saudi Arabia’s criminal court want him to undergo a re-trial for apostasy. If found guilty, he would face a death sentence. She said the “dangerous information” … [Read more...]
If you dig into the statistics concerning Islamic terrorism then what you find are some surprising facts. First, let's start with the hopefully obvious observation. Almost every single day news reaches us of yet another barbaric atrocity that has been inspired and motivated by Islam. What should of course be immediately clear is that such actions do not in any way represent the vast majority of Muslims who number about 1.6 billion (about 23% of the human population on the planet). Most simply … [Read more...]
Paul Poulton is a singer/songwriter, author and speaker who has written a small posting that caught my attention. He writes ... Social media is now a part of people's lives and it's a lot harder for people who have faith to make a statement without it going unchallenged. ... and since he is posting this on social media, I now feel that it is my duty to challenge it :-) He is mostly writing about Stephen Fry making the observation that the god described in the bible is quite morally … [Read more...]
Least you wonder, no my title here is not a subtle play on words to conjure up a metaphor, it is a literal description, US Senator Jim Inhofe, brings in a snowball that he picked up outside, holds it up and then tosses it across the senate floor. His entire argument was, "Look, there is lots of snow outside, it is really cold, so obviously this Climate Change claim is a complete hoax". Somebody asked on twitter - "Is he really that stupid?" Sadly yes ... yes he really is, this is on par … [Read more...]
I'm personally sickened and appalled to learn that secular blogger Avijit Roy was been murdered in Bangladesh yesterday. The IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union) has the details, so I'm cutting and pasting the following directly from their website ... “Abhijit Roy lives in America and so, it is not possible to kill him right now. He will be murdered when he comes back.” These were the words of an Islamist activist referring to Avijit (or Abhijit) Roy early last year. The man … [Read more...]