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Prix de la laïcité Guy-Rocher Awarded to MLQ

Le gouvernement du Québec remet le tout premier Prix de la laïcité Guy-Rocher (Quebec Government Awards Very First Guy-Rocher Secularism Prize), Press release from the office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of Quebec, Le Lézard, 2021-06-16. The government

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In the News: Poland:
Launch of Campaign Against Religious Homophobia

Poland: Stop Religiously Motivated Hate, Press Release, Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation, 2021-06-17. The Kazimierz Łyszczyński Foundation, together with partner organizations, has launched a billboard campaign “Stop religiously motivated hate.” The campaign will take place in 22 Polish cities and will have

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Quebec MNAs Respond Unanimously to Judge Blanchard

In his decision of 20th April 2021 on Bill 21, Justice Blanchard of Quebec Superior Court exempted Quebec English-language schools from the ban on teachers wearing religious symbols and face-coverings. Similarly, he denied the Quebec National Assembly the right to

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Switzerland Bans Face-Coverings

Switzerland to ban wearing of burqa and niqab in public places, Philip Oltermann, The Guardian, 2021-03-07. Switzerland will follow France, Belgium and Austria after narrowly voting in a referendum to ban women from wearing the burqa or niqab in public

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Launch of Prix de la laïcité Guy-Rocher

Le gouvernement du Québec lance le prix de la laïcité Guy-Rocher (The Quebec Government launches the Guy-Rocher Secularism Prize), Cabinet of the Minister of Justice and the Attorney-General, Gouvernement du Québec, 2021-03-06. Click to view full size Minister Simon Jolin-Barrette

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Montreal: Death Threats to Impose the Veil

Menaces de mort pour le port du voile (“Death Threats to Impose Wearing the Veil”), Michael Nguyen, Journal de Montréal, 2021-03-03. A Montréal Muslim man told his four daughters that he would kill them if they stopped wearing the Islamic

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Petition to End Discrimination Against Atheist Refugees

Petition e-3114 (Citizenship and immigration), Parliament of Canada, 2021-01-25. Several organizations—CFI Canada, Humanist Canada and Secular Connexion Séculière—have initiated a parliamentary petition asking that atheist refugees, not just religious, be eligible for refugee status under the “Less Complex Claims” policy.

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Neoracist Propaganda at Radio-Canada

Radio-Canada: la rééducation, Sophie Durocher, Journal de Montréal, 2021-02-12. According to columnist Sophie Durocher, employees at Radio-Canada (the French-langage CBC) are now required to take special training to become more “inclusive,” to recognize their unconscious biases and “privileges” and to

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Call to Repeal the Concordat in Alsace-Moselle

Loi séparatisme: il est temps d’abroger le concordat d’Alsace-Moselle (“Separatism Law: It is Time to Repeal the Concordat in Alsace-Moselle”), Alexis Corbière, Huffington Post France, 2021-02-10. The author of the above article argues that it is inconsistent to allow a

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AAI Obtains Freedom for Umar Farouk in Nigeria

Story from an email of Atheist Alliance International (AAI), 2021-02-09. Click to view full size Umar Farouk leaving prison Last week our lawyers in Nigeria succeeded in quashing two convictions for blasphemy in the Shariah State of Kano. The first

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In France, A Teacher Denounces the Islamist Threat

Menacé de mort après avoir défendu Samuel Paty, un professeur témoigne (“Threatened with Death for Having Defended Samuel Paty, A Teacher Testifies”), Idèr Nabili, LCI, 2021-02-07. A philosophy teacher Didier Lemaire in the French town of Trappes, outside Paris, is

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Indonesia bans forced religious attire in schools

Indonesia bans forced religious attire in schools, BBC, 2021-02-05. Indonesia has banned public schools from making religious attire compulsory, after the story of a Christian student being pressured to wear a headscarf in class went viral. The 16-year-old girl was

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In the News: AAI’s John Richards Interviews David Rand, UPDATE

Interview: David Rand, Canada, John Richards, AAI Youtube channel, 2020-06-22. Previous video: In the News: AAI’s John Richards Interviews David Rand about Quebec Bill 21 Please donate to our Legal Fund: Legal Fund, Fundraising Campaign for our Court Intervention in

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In the News: AAI’s John Richards Interviews David Rand about Quebec Bill 21

John Richards, Publications Director of Atheist Alliance International (AAI) and editor of AAI’s magazine Secular World, interviews David Rand, president of Atheist Freethinkers, about Quebec’s secularism law, Bill 21: Interview: David Rand, Canada, John Richards, AAI Youtube channel, 2020-05-02. Follow-up

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In the News: AAI Fundraiser: Free Mubarak Bala

#Free Mubarak Bala, Fundraiser by Atheist Alliance International (AAI), Facebook. Mubarak Bala, President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria has been arrested on a charge of blasphemy. He was arrested in Kaduna, Northern Nigeria. Sources say he will be taken

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In the News: Sudan Criminalizes FGM

Sudan criminalises female genital mutilation, as campaigners welcome a ‘new era’ for women’s rights in the country, Ryan Fahey, Daily Mail, 2020-05-01. Sudan has criminalised female genital mutilation (FGM), making it punishable by three years in jail, a move campaigners

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In the News: Sikhs Must Respect Workplace Helmet Rules

Supreme Court won’t hear Sikh truck drivers’ challenge to workplace helmets, The Canadian Press, 2020-04-30. The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a case from Sikh truck drivers seeking exemption from wearing protective helmets upon exiting their vehicles at

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In the News: Archives Show Pope Pius Knew about the Holocaust

Wartime Vatican archive shows how much Pius knew about the Holocaust, says researcher, Tom Heneghan, Religion News Service, 2020-04-27. PARIS (RNS) — The long-awaited opening of Pope Pius XII’s wartime records only lasted a week before the coronavirus shut the

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In the News: Je suis Mila: Even in France, insulting Islam is taboo

Je suis Mila: A French teenager has been mobbed on Twitter, forced out of school and investigated by police for insulting Islam., Fraser Myers, Spiked, 2020-02-07. A 16-year-old has become the most hated girl in France after she criticised Islam

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In the News: Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation Calls for Nominations for Atheist of the Year

Atheist of the Year 2020 Contest: Call for nominations, Nina Sankari, Fundacja im. Kazimierza Łyszczyńskiego, 2020-02-01. Kazimierz Lyszczynski Foundation is pleased to announce that the Atheist of the Year Award is already held for the seventh time in Warsaw. The

In the News: US Congressional Hearings on Blasphemy, Heresy and Apostasy Laws

Humanist Witness Provides Testimony at Congressional Hearing on Blasphemy’s Impacts, American Humanist Association, 2020-01-28. (Washington, DC, January 28, 2020) — On Tuesday, American Humanist Association Policy Manager Rachel Deitch read congressional testimony on behalf of the AHA from Rafida Bonya

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In the News: Council of Europe Rejects Religious Accommodation

Council of Europe rejects recommendation on reasonable accommodation, European Humanist Federation (EHF), 2020-01-29. Brussels, 29 January 2020 – The European Humanist Federation (EHF) welcomes the rejection of the recommendation on “The protection of freedom of religion or belief in the

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In the News: Complete Revision of ERC Planned

Quebec to abolish ethics and religious culture course, to make way for ’21st-century themes’ , Laura Marchand, CBC News, 2020-01-10. The Coalition Avenir Québec government plans to abolish the ethics and religious culture (ECR) course currently offered in Quebec schools.

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In the News: MLQ Intervenes in Court For Bill 21

Pro-Bill 21 group wins round in court challenge, Presse Canadienne, Montreal Gazette, 2020-01-09. A pro-secularism group has obtained leave from Quebec Superior Court to intervene in one of the legal challenges to Bill 21, Quebec’s secularism legislation. The Mouvement laïque

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In the News: Ireland’s Blasphemy Law Finally Gone

Ireland no longer has a blasphemy law, Atheist Ireland, 2020-01-02. We start the new decade with the good news that Ireland no longer has the medieval crime of blasphemy in our laws. Over the Christmas period, President Michael D Higgins

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