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In the News: Nadia El-Mabrouk: Secularism is Necessary for the Emancipation of Women

Dans un monde réel près de chez vous (In a Real World in your Neighbourhood), Nadia El-Mabrouk, La Presse, 2018-10-11 For Nadia El-Mabrouk, secularism is a the first and foremost condition necessary for the emancipation of women and development. While

In the News: Profs Against Religious Symbols

Des enseignantes contre les signes religieux (Teachers Against Religious Symbols), Yves Poirier, Journal de Montréal, 2018-10-10 The new premier of Quebec, François Legault, and his CAQ party, have received the support of several public school teachers. Several teachers orginally from

In the News: Djemila Benhabib Calls for Decisive Action on Secularism

Laïcité: le nouveau gouvernement doit agir avec rigueur et diligence (Secularism: The New Government Must Act With Rigour and Diligence), Djemila Benhabib, leNouvelliste, 2018-10-06 Djemila Benhabib is a writer, secular activist and recipient of the Prix international de la laïcité

In the News: Legault Advances Secularism Measures

François Legault would invoke notwithstanding clause to ban hijabs from civil service, Benjamin Shingler, CBC News, 2018-10-02. Quebec’s premier-designate says he is prepared to invoke the notwithstanding clause to enforce a prohibition on any public employee from wearing a religious

In the News: Ireland Holds Blasphemy Referendum, October 26th

Atheist Ireland: Referendum on blasphemy about freedom of speech, Irish Examiner, 2018-09-30. Irish Atheists will today launch their campaign for a Yes vote in October’s referendum on removing the offence of blasphemy from the Constitution. […] Chairperson Michael Nugent said

In the News: Maxime Bernier Denounces the Cult of Diversity

Tory MP Bernier criticized for saying ‘more diversity’ will ‘destroy’ what makes Canada great, Rachel Aiello, CTV News, 2018-08-13 Outspoken Conservative MP and failed leadership contender Maxime Bernier is facing criticism from within his caucus, and beyond, over a series

In the News: Canada Should Boycott Saudia Arabia

Une guerre que le Canada doit gagner (A War Which Canada Must Win), Loïc Tassé, Journal de Montréal, 2018-08-11. Considering the extreme reaction of Saudia Arabia to Canada’s declaration criticizing human rights abuses in that country, and in particular the

In the News: Promoting Child Abuse in Advertising

HijabPublicity Stunt? Gap Ad With Hijab-Wearing Girl Stirs Twitter Controversy, Sputnik News, 2018-08-10. Users seem to have divided opinions on the brand’s new back-to-school campaign. Some lambast the hijab as a tool of oppression, while others believe that the ad

In the News: Interview with David Rand, Conatus News

Quebec is Currently Leading a Secular Revolution in Canada. Here’s How., Scott Jacobsen, Conatus News, 2018-07-10 The text of the interview is also available locally on this site.

In the News: Twenty Years Prison for Removing Her Veil

Iranian woman who protested headscarf gets 20-year sentence, Associated Press, 2018-07-1.0 An Iranian woman who removed her obligatory Islamic headscarf out of protest in December says she has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Shapark Shajarizadeh posted on her

In the News: New Hampshire Bans Female Genital Mutilation

The AHA (Ayaan Hirsi Ali) Foundation, which campaigns against female genital mutilation (FGM), also known as female excision, announces that New Hampshire has recently criminalizes the excision of young girls and thus becomes the 27th state of the United States

In the News: PDF Québec Intervenes in the Court Challenge to Bill 62, but for the Niqab Ban

From an announcement on Facebook Great news! In the court challenge to the Religious Neutrality Bill 62, PDF Québec has been recognized as intervener. As you have learned from media reports, the Superior Court has maintained the suspension of the

In the News: Ensaf Haidar Calls For Ban on Full Veil

Wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi calls for burqa ban in Ontario, Rahul Kalvapalle, Global News, 2018-07-01 The wife of jailed Saudi blogger Raif Badawi has called on Ontario Premier Doug Ford to ban the use of Islamic face

In the News: Denmark and Iceland May Ban Non-Medical Circumcision

Denmark Talks (Reluctantly) About a Ban on Circumcising Boys, Martin Selsoe Sorensen, New York Times, 2018-06-02 In Denmark, any proposal that can gather 50,000 signatures on Parliament’s official petition website is legally entitled to a debate and vote. A citizens’

In the News: Denmark Bans Face Coverings in Public

Denmark becomes latest European country to ban full Islamic face veil in public spaces , Telegraph, 2018-05-31. The Danish parliament on Thursday passed a law banning the Islamic full-face veil in public spaces, becoming the latest European country to do

In the News: Government Rejects Petition e-763 Against Religious Exception in Hate Propaganda

The federal government has rejected parliamentary petition e-763, lauched by AFT to request the repeal of the religious exception, i.e. paragraph 319(3)(b), in the Canadian law against hate propaganda (in the Criminal Code). Here is the essential part of the

In the News: IHEU Corrects Vatican About Freedom From Religion

Actually, ‘freedom from religion’ is a human right, IHEU tells Vatican at the UN, Elizabeth O’Casey, IHEU, 2018-03-09 Humanists at the UN have today strongly rejected claims from the Vatican delegation that ‘freedom from religion’ is not a human right.

In the News: Egypt May Imprison Atheists

Égypte : les athées seront-ils bientôt mis en prison ? (Egypt: Will Atheists Soon be Imprisoned?), France 2 Television, 2018-02-27 A French television network reports that Egypt may soon pass legislation which would criminalize non-belief and punish it with fines or even

In the News: Elections Québec Now Accepts Candidates With Head Coverings

Quebec nixes rule forcing political candidates to remove head coverings, CBC News, 2018-02-21 Quebec’s chief electoral officer is changing a regulation that prevented people who wear religious head coverings from running for provincial office. For nearly 30 years, all potential

In the News: Abortion Law Reform To Be Debated in Argentine Congress

Abortion Debate in Argentina Gains Momentum as Macri Says He Won’t Block It in Congress, The Bubble, 2018-02-23 The Casa Rosada has indicated it will not attempt to block a debate in Congress on proposals to decriminalize and legalize abortions.

In the News: President of Tunisian Tunisian Assaulted

Le président de l’Association des Libres penseurs tunisiens agressé, la Fédération française de la Libre Pensée adresse une lettre ouverte à l’ambassadeur de Tunisie en France (President of Tunisian Freethinkers Assaulted, French Freethought Federation Writes to the Tunisian Ambassador in

In the News: Iranian Women Bravely Remove Veils Publicly, Risk Arrest

Click to view video An elderly Iranian woman removes and agitates her veil in protest. She is apparently not one of those arrested. Iranian police arrest 29 for involvement in hijab protests, Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, 2018-02-03. Police in the Iranian

In the News: Supreme Court Rejects Privilege for Aboriginal Spirituality

Top court deals blow to Indigenous peoples, Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe and Mail, 2017-11-02 The Supreme Court of Canada has declined to grant special protection for religious freedom for aboriginal peoples, ruling that a private ski resort in British Columbia

In the News: Markham, Ontario, Mayor Enables Political Islam

Click to view full size Proclamation, City of Markham, Ontario To the long list of dupes of political Islam, we can now add the name of the mayor Frank Scarpitti of the Ontario city of Markham, who has issued a

In the News: Quebeckers from Muslim Background Denounce Exploitation of January 29

Un an après l’attentat de la mosquée de Québec, apaiser le climat social (One Year After the Quebec City Mosque Attack, Social Climate Needs Calm), Ferid Chikhi, Nadia El-Mabrouk, Ali Kaidi & Leila Lesbet of the Association québécoise des Nord-Africains