Human Rights Violations continue in Sudan

Amnesty International reports that the campaign against women and minorities in the Sudan continues unabated. We all perhaps remember the case from about one year ago of Meriam Ibrahim, the young pregnant woman sentenced to die when she refused to renounce her Christian faith, but that was not an isolated case, but rather one of many. On their website you will find this … Ten Christian students, all women aged 17 – 23, have been charged with ‘indecent dress’ after they were […]

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Health Warning: Believing the Bible can cause you serious harm or even death

There is a verse within the bible that reads … they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; – Mark 16:18 … and rather astonishingly there is a strand of religious belief that picks this up, quite literally, and runs with it as a jolly good idea. The result is of course exactly what your common sense tells you will happen – people die. The Latest news As highlighted […]

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The Satanic Temple … are dark forces rising up?

A couple of days ago the Satanic Temple unveiled a nine feet tall statue (pictured above) to a crowd of hundreds who had turned up to see this in Detroit. When compared with other events it was a tiny gathering, and yet at the same time was also culturally huge, so much so, that Time magazine felt that it merited an article and so they have written it all up, and many other media outlets also reported it and so we have the story in […]

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Article in Psychology Today: “Rejecting Islam”

Phil Zuckerman, a professor of sociology and secular studies at Pitzer College, has written a truly fascinating article within “Psychology Today” entitled “Rejecting Islam“. He identifies that Islam is rather special in a rather negative sense … Walking away from religion is seldom easy. It can be psychologically difficult to lose one’s faith in God, emotionally painful to doubt the existence of life after death, and existentially trying to come to terms with the fact that there is nothing supernatural out there: no magical realms, […]

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Bonya Ahmed gives the Voltaire Lecture 2015: ‘Fighting machetes with pens’ – #BHAVoltaire

Avijit Roy, the Bangladeshi American online activist, writer, and blogger known for pioneering Bengali freethinkers’ weblog-forum, Mukto-Mona, was brutally hacked to death by machete-wielding Islamists in Dhaka, Bangladesh, on 26 February 2015. While he and his wife, Bonya Ahmed, were returning home from the fair by bicycle rickshaw, they were intercepted, dragged them from the rickshaw and attacked. Roy died, but his wife survived. The British Humanist Association invited his wife, Bonya Ahmed, to give a seminal lecture on the daily threat faced by Bangladeshi humanist bloggers and others like […]

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Barney Frank floors Republican commentator with just 1 Question

Now here is a nice way to start Monday, a nice one-line question that is a fabulous come back. So the context is this – a discussion on Financial Regulation. Discussing it is Barney Frank, a well-known Democrat who was elected to the US House of Representatives from 1981 until 2013 and also the co-sponsor of the 2010 Dodd–Frank Act that brought about a sweeping reform of the U.S. financial industry. Clearly when under the previous watch the idea that mortgages could be given to people […]

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