What Is The Soul

There is a new addition to AAI's Freethought Audio Library! Thank you to Richard Ponce for his recording of Bertrand Russell's What is the soul.  AAI Members can access this recording by logging into the Members Only section of the AAI website, then finding the Freethought Audio Library under the Resources menu.

Am I an Atheist or an Agnostic

Thank you to Richard Ponce for his recording of Bertrand Russell's Am I an Atheist or Agnostic for AAI's Freethought Audio Library.  AAI Members can access this recording by logging into the Members Only section of the AAI website, then finding the Freethought Audio Library under the Resources menu.

New addition to the Freethought Audio Library - Ingersoll's Centennial Oration

Atheist Alliance International is grateful to Mary Davis for contributing an excellent reading of Centennial Oration by Robert G. Ingersoll.  You can hear a sample of the piece by clicking here.  The full version, along with other historical freethought pieces in podcast format, is available to AAI members.

Click here for more information on the Freethought Audio Library.

Indonesian Muslims Call for Atheist Beheading

Alexandar Aan, a 30-year-old father and civil servant who was beaten, fired from his government job, and then arrested by local authorities for daring to declare "God doesn't exist" on his personal Facebook page, is now facing calls for his beheading by local Muslims.

The trouble began several weeks ago when civil servant Alexander Aan posted a message on the Facebook page of Atheist Minang, a group of Indonesians with godless beliefs. It read: “God doesn’t exist.”  The post so enraged residents in Aan’s hometown of Pulau Punjung in West Sumatra province that an angry mob of dozens stormed his office and beat up the 30-year-old. He was then summarily fired and later picked up by Indonesian authorities as part of an investigation of whether he violated the law by 'Insulting Islam'.  If convicted of blasphemy, he could face a five-year jail sentence.

But none of this has been enough for some Muslim extremists, who have now called for his beheading. “He has hurt the feelings of the people in Minang society and damaged the religious structure by his posting,” said the local head of the Indonesian Council of Ulama (MUI) Syamsul Bahri Khatib. The Indonesian Council of Ulama is the country's recognized authority on Islamic matters, and the secular government often follows the MUI's recommendations in matters of Islamic law.

Atheist Alliance International has called on the Indonesian authorities to end their persecution of Mr. Aan, as well as contacted several international human rights bodies and governments to put pressure on the Indonesian government. It has also started a legal relief fund for Mr. Aan's assistance. Supporters are encouraged to contribute to allow Mr. Aan the ability to defend himself and his human rights.

 

 

Thank you AAI supporters!

Thanks to generous donations from many AAI members and supporters renovations at the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda are going very well!

AAI received a report from the school today noting that the kitchen and new toilets have been finished, and renovations are underway on a school dormitory so that children can board at the school - beds have been ordered and fencing of the area is in progress.  Also, 20 class desks have been purchased for the new P.7 class.

Ply-woods being fixed as partitions of the rooms. Bwambale Robert, the school Project Director is seen in the photo above supervising the renovations exercise.  

You can see more photos through the school's Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ kasesehumanistprimaryschool.

All donations to support the Kasese Humanist Primary School are greatly appreciated!  You can donate through AAI's Directed Donations option here.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What does an atheist do on 25 December?

Well, frankly that's up to you!

Far from the grumpy and miserable sentiments sometimes attributed to atheists at this time of year, we see AAI's members happily celebrating with family and friends.

"It's simple, we celebrate Santa Claus!” 
Barbara

"Open presents, eat, visit family - what humans have been doing for thousands of years to celebrate the return of longer days!”    
Paul [presumably in the northern hemisphere!]

"Isaac Newton, the founder of western civilization, was born Dec 25, 1642. At our house we celebrate "Newtonmass" on Dec 25. In the morning we do optics experiments, in the afternoon we do differentials and integrals, and in the evening we scoff at alchemy and biblical chronology. It makes for an interesting day."
Peter 

Whatever you do or don't do to celebrate the holiday season let us know at info [at] atheistalliance [dot] org!