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In the News: Charlottesville: White Supremacists & Islamist Extremists Have Much in Common

The Charlottesville Aftermath Showed What White Supremacists and Islamist Extremists Have in Common, Muhammad Fraser-Rahim & Muna Adil, Newsweek, 2017-08-26 (The authors are associated with Quilliam International.) This grievance and victimhood narrative is one that is strikingly similar in both

In the News: Launch of Atheist Magazine in Poland

Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation, Press Release 2017-08-10 Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation to Launch Przeglad Ateistyczny FKL (KLF Atheist Review) Warsaw, Poland, August 10th, 2017 – The Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation announced today that the premier issue of the first ever atheist magazine in

In the News: Interview with David Rand, Conatus News

 Interview with David Rand, President of Atheist Freethinkers, Scott Jacobsen, 2017-08-03 Some excerpts from the above interview: Undoubtedly the greatest threat for atheists is politicised religion, when religion obtains political power. This is most obvious when that power is exercised

In the News: Ex-Muslims Meet in London

Largest gathering of ex-Muslims in history, CEMB (Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain), 2017-07-25. The International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression, the largest gathering of ex-Muslims in history, was held during 22-24 July 2017 in London. Over 70 notable

In the News: Canada’s Blasphemy Law May Soon be History

Bill would reform Criminal Code provisions on rape shield, 3rd-party records, Cristin Schmitz, The Lawyer’s Daily, 2017-06-06 Excellent news: with Draft Bill C-51, Canada’s blasphemy law may soon be gone! The proposed legislation would repeal several offences enacted decades ago,

In the News: A Month in Prison for Breaking Ramadan Fast in Tunisia

Un mois de prison après avoir mangé en public pendant le ramadan (A month of prison for eating in public during ramadan), AFP, Huffington Post Tunisie, 2017-06-01 Four Tunisians have been sentenced to a month in prison for eating in

In the News: Denmark Repeals Blasphemy Law

Blasphemy law in Denmark is no more!, IHEU, 2017-06-02 Today, the Danish parliament — the Folketing — has voted to abolish another European blasphemy law! Following a controversial prosecution, a serious public and political debate, and now a decisive vote

In the News: Call for the defense of artistic freedom in Poland

In solidarity with our Polish friends, we reproduce here their urgent appeal. Call for the defense of the Theatre “Powszechny” and of artistic freedom We urge you to come to defend the Theatre “Powszechny” in Warsaw on Saturday, May 27,

In the News: The Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation denounces the Polish Catholic Church and its Thugs

Declaration of the KLF in Defense of Freedom of Artistic Creation, Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation, 2017-04-26 The Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation protests the recent attack on freedom of speech, artistic expression and art in Poland for religious reasons. After a long campaign

In the News: A Universalist Secular Movement in Morocco

Un mouvement universaliste et laïque au Maroc (A universalist, secular movement in Morocco), Rose St-Pierre, L’AUT’JOURNAL, 2017-04-18 Click to view full size A courageous young atheist woman Ibtissame Lachgar, is co-founder (along with Zineb El Rhazoui formerly of Charlie Hebdo)

In the News: Laval University Pushes Religious Propaganda

Contre le prosélytisme religieux à l’Université Laval (Against Religious Proselytism at Laval University), Claude Simard, Le Devoir, 2017-04-22 The Faculty of Theology and Religious Sciences of Laval University in Quebec City has announced the establishment of a new professorship in

In the News: EU Court: Employers May Ban Religious Symbols

Top EU court rules employers have right to ban religious symbols, France24, 2017-03-14 Private employers may bar staff from wearing Islamic headscarves and other visible religious symbols under certain conditions, the European Union’s top court ruled on Tuesday. In its

In the News: Play “Djihad” Censored in Quebec City

Lever la censure sur la pièce «Djihad» (Lift the censorship of the play “Djihad”), Djemila Benhabib, Le Devoir, 2017-03-13 The Belgian play “Djihad” by Ismaël Saïdi, which deals with the issue of Islamist radicalization among youth in Brussels, has been

In the News: Montreal Police Investigating Imams

Montreal police investigating imams for controversial comments, Shuyee Lee, iHeart Radio, 2017-03-10 Montreal police are investigating controversial comments made by Montreal imams at a mosque in St. Laurent captured in YouTube videos. The 2014 videos were posted by a member

In the News: Georges Bensoussan Acquitted

French Jewish Historian Cleared Of Anti-Muslim Hate Speech, Cnaan Liphshiz, Forward, 2017-03-08. A French court acquitted the Jewish historian Georges Bensoussan of hate speech charges over his assertion that Arabs receive anti-Semitism with their “mother’s milk.” […] Bensoussan, a scholar

In the News: Quebec City Hospital Restores Crucifix

After outcry, Quebec hospital restores crucifix taken down in interest of ‘religious neutrality’, Graeme Hamilton, National Post, 2017-03-01 After a patient complained last month about the presence of a large crucifix on the wall of the publicly funded Saint-Sacrament Hospital

In the News: US Law Protects Nonbelievers

H.R.1150 – Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, Congress of the USA, 2016-12-16 (Sec. 2) This bill amends the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 (IRFA) to state in the congressional findings that the freedom of thought and religion

In the News: Victory for Djemila!

The Quebec Superior Court rejects the suit against Djemila Benhabib. École musulmane de Montréal c. Benhabib, Carole HALLÉE, J.C.S., Decision of the Quebec Superior Court, 2016-12-13 Judge Carole Hallée concluded that EMM failed to show that prejudice or damage had

In the News: The Quebec Council on the Status of Women Proposes Revision of the ERC Program

L’école participe à l’inégalité des sexes, selon le Conseil du statut de la femme (Schools Contribute to Gender Inequality, says the Council on the Status of Women), Patricia Cloutier, Le Soleil, 2016-12-07 The Quebec Council on the Status of Women

In the News: The Netherlands Bans the Full Veil

France, Belgique, Bulgarie et maintenant Pays-Bas… ces pays d’Europe qui ont interdit le voile intégral, ceux qui s’y refusent (France, Belgium, Bulgaria and now the Netherlands… European countries which have banned the full veil, and those that have not), Simon

In the News: Researchers Critize SHERPA Study

Le rôle de la religion dans la radicalisation menant à la violence (The Role of Religion in Radicalization Leading to Violence), Marie Lamensch et al., Huffington Post Québec, 2016-11-23 The authors of the above article (Marie Lamensch of the The

In the News: The Trial of Djemila Benhabib opens Monday September 26th 2016 in Montreal

In an interview published in a Belgian magazine, on the eve of the opening of her court case for defamation, the writer and secular activist warns us of the dangers posed by political Islam. Djemila Benhabib : « Nous faisons face au

In the News: RCMP Approves Uniform with Hijab

RCMP Approves Hijab As Part Of Mounties’ Uniform, Mohamed Omar, Huffington Post Canada, 2016-08-24 Sixteen years after the RCMP let Sikh officers wear a turban, it’s now allowing Muslim Mounties to wear a hijab as part of their uniform. Global

In the News: In Morocco, Burkini Ban at the Pool, No Problem

Piscine et burkini au Maroc (Swimming pool and burkini in Morocco), Marc First, Dernières Nouvelles Alsace, 2016-08-27 Click to view full size Entrance to swimming pool in Morocco The ban which causes such contention in France seems to be accepted

In the News: Defend Salman Rushdie Against Iranian Fatwa and Bounty

In Defence of Salman Rushdie, Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB), 2016-02-25 We […] are outraged to learn that forty state-run media outlets in Iran have raised $600,000 (£420,000) to add as bounty to Ayatollah Khomeini’s death fatwa on the