Progress by ORCA in Columbia

Atheist Alliance International is pleased to see that the Organizacion Colombiana de Ateos is establishing itself as an active atheist organisation!  Atheist Alliance International sees one of its roles as supporting the development of new atheist organisations around the world and is proud that ORCA is an AAI Associate Member.


The First Atheist and Agnostic Convention in the Philippines, hosted by PATAS

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

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The Most Ridiculous Lawsuit Yet!

A “Christian” midwife is suing a UK hospital in what may be the most ridiculous and frivolous lawsuit yet. Apparently in the hospital she is required to wear *gasp* surgical scrub trousers. Yes, you read it right she is suing because she believes that wearing trousers is against her religion.

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!

Source: http://www.atheismuk.com/2011/08/02/news/the-most-ridiculous-lawsuit-yet/

Atheism Wins Converts as Aussie Census Looms

 http://www.news.com.au/atheism-wins-converts-as-census-looms/story-fn7x8me2-1226100923192

ALMOST 15,000 people have joined an Atheist Foundation of Australia push to mark "no religion" on the coming census.

The foundation has begun unveiling billboards urging people to take the religion out of politics.

Thousands have also vowed to mark "no religion" in a Facebook campaign.

AFA president David Nicholls said many people selected the religion they were born into, despite not being religious.

He said the transfer of taxpayers' money to religious organisations was justified on the basis of the census results.

More than 70,000 people declared themselves Jedi order members in 2001 but Mr Nicholls warned such an answer was now marked as no response.

 

Selling Human Organs: Ritual Killings for Medicine, and the Quest for Secular Healing!

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.

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The State of Africa and Uganda

As a lifelong resident of Uganda and Africa as well as president of the Atheist Association of Uganda, I have a good idea of the conditions and challenges that Africans face to live.

Africa

Africa is perhaps the most miserable place the world has ever known. This fact is all but ignored by the media in western countries. Most of the governments here, although calling themselves promoters of democracy, are ruthless dictatorships, ruled by greed and callous disregard for human life and dignity. They are supported by religious institutions that desire a share in the power, and they are supported by the "Western World" because they can still exploit them for profit.

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Leaving Religion and Living without Religion in Nigeria

Nigeria is often described as a deeply religious society where most, if not all persons, profess religious beliefs without qualification. Nigeria is often portrayed as a country where the religious demography is static- everybody is religious, everybody belongs to one faith or the other. Everybody professes religion, nobody renounces religion. Nobody is critical or skeptical about religious dogmas. Non religious and freethinking Nigerians are purportedly so insignificant. For me this is a misrepresentation of the religious demography and dynamics in the country. And the time has come for us to rectify this misrepresentation.

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SHADES OF SCIENCE: Kenya’s Superstitious Dilemma

Kenya is not a unique country in Africa. We all share in the colonial histories that the European civilization embedded on our orientation, thereby changing reality through industrialization. Kenya, like many other nations in the world, had resisted subjugation by its colonizers, the British. However, the colonialists’ need for emancipating us from the traditional dark past resulted to establishment of protectorates, concentration camps and ultimately, a settler population. They brought the constitution, introduced a social contract and made morality a key debate in any leadership. Even now, Kenya still uses its colonial constitution, which was planned in Lanchester House (Britain) decades before independence.

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British Government Denies Charitable Status for Daring to Criticize Religion

The British Charity Commission denied the Council of ex-Muslims, an AAI affiliate, charity status this week.

In its refusal letter the Charity Commission stated: “Under English law the advancement of religion is a recognised charitable purpose and charities are afforded certain fiscal privileges by the state. The prohibition of any such financial privilege as called for in the demand made in [your] Manifesto would require a change in law. Similarly a separation of religion from the state and legal and education system would appear to require both constitutional reform and change to the law.”

CeMB chair Maryam Namazie responds to this denial here.

Ways of Atheism in Africa – JAF Festival 2011, Nairobi - Kenya

On 4th June, 2011, the Jahwar Amber Humanist Fund held their first ever conference, also being the first of its kind in the history of Kenya. The theme for the event was “Philosophy, Sexuality and Atheism”, a banner that resulted to most of the conference committee members being put on media alert and remorsefully, others losing their jobs, including Mr. Boaz Adhengo, who chaired the whole process to its finish. Notably is Dr. Willy Mutunga who has been constantly quizzed of his relation to sexual activist organizations and consequently, his nomination for the position of Chief Justice halted by the Catholic Diocese, who have sued the nomination process terming it devilish and unfair.

The conference realized 67 participants, which was lesser than our 100 target. Though, at the festival dinner, the attendance exceeded into being 170 with an increased subscription into JAF membership. We gained 28 new members to total as 127.

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