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Understanding the importance of the protection of the
life and safety of all citizens of Russia, including that of the religious
leaders in our country, the Good Sense (Zdravomislie) Public Fund has met the
news of the upcoming amendments to our secular law with alarm.
The Public Fund Good Sense learned that the government
of Russia initiated an amendment in the state Duma of the Russian Federation in
the form of bill № 5861785, containing a clause to expand the list of individuals
being protected by government, with taxpayers money, to include an unspecified
number of people that do not have any relation to government service or the
functioning of the state. Among those listed in the expanded list was the head
of the Russian Orthodox Church.
This bill was apparently created in order to legalize the
state security which has been provided for the church Patriarch for many years
now without any legal basis.
In relation to this, the Good Sense Foundation
addresses an open letter to the President of Russia, Dmitri Medvedev, in which
we ask him to answer two questions:
1) Will somebody be held accountable for the violation
of legal principles that have been going on for a number of years?
2) How does the government’s initiative to support
just one out of many religious organizations registered in Russia
correspond with the secular nature of our state, as indicated in our national constitution?
The Fund is also addressing a letter to the head of
the dedicated Security Committee in the State Duma, Vasiliev V.A, with a
request to act out of a sense for public consent in terms of ethnic and
religious cross-relations when discussing the bill. We also ask that the Duma
keep the secular basis of our national constitution in mind when determining
what private Russian citizens should be eligible to receive government-paid
Jahwar Amber Fund, popularly known as JAF, is a secular group operating in Kenya. It is the sole national organization of its kind, formed to offer support towards the development of steady atheism in the country and the wider East African region.
To date, the organization has not accomplished much, having just been setup in 2009. But it can boast of having risen to its expectations, that of making known that atheism in Africa is possible for as long as there is a nurturing support.
Balozi Journal is the latest development that JAF has been able to put forth, aimed at collecting global and local views on the progress of African atheism, with specific incline on Kenya as the lead region where the organization operates from. JAF is currently looking for sponsors to help it realize a number of proposals it has put forth in support of its strategic objectives. It cannot accommodate the need for enlightenment in Kenya as a sole organ, thus calling for supporters and partners in this mutual quest of making the world a safer place for atheism.
This being the first edition of Balozi Journal, it emphatically covered situations in Kenya, recording the voices of the minorities as already known but put a pledge of more intense reporting in the future editions of practical secularism. We continue to thank the Secular Students Alliance, which has been an inspiration to many of the volunteer team who patched the different articles into a magazine it has become.
The views expressed on this journal are those of the authors and not in any way representative of the editorial team or the Jahwar Amber Fund. May you enjoy your readership and keep the feedback post vibrant with suggestions on how we can do this even much better. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY
Boaz Adhengo is the editor – in – chief of the Balozi Journal and a Director of AAI.
The Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society will hold its first convention in Manila. We will be discussing PATAS' future goals and will be talking about Atheism/Agnosticism, Secularism and Humanism. We are selecting speakers for this convention from different personalities from the US and the Philippines.
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012 · 6:00am - 8:00pm
Place: Bayview Parks and Hotels, United Nations Avenue, Manila Philippines
Apparently there is a passage on Deuteronomy (22:5) which forbids women from wearing men’s clothes and vice-versa. Again, yes really, and this is the basis of her lawsuit claiming religious discrimination.
There is only one place for this waste of a tribunal’s time, the surgical waste bin!
Arguments revolving around the ethics of critical thought maintain that colonialism, and in this case, the British, were responsible for the invention of superstitious insanity, diluting the traditional practices that African communities had within them during this time of exploration, notably, around the 16th century. Surprisingly enough, England was on top gear towards its preparations of free market ideologue, and industrialization was supposed to be the key linchpin in these celebrations, an endeavour that would initiate the global quest for superiority and capitalistic advancements.