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In the News: Benefits of Banning the Veil in French Schools

Effects of banning the Islamic veil in public schools, French policy improved Muslim girls’ educational outcomes, IZA Newsroom, 2019-11-14. High school graduation rates improve for Muslim girls In particular, comparing women with and without a Muslim background shows a marked

In the News: MLQ Honours Legal Expert Julie Latour

Le prix Condorcet-Dessaulles 2019 à Me Julie Latour (2019 Condorcet-Dessaulles Prize Awarded to Ms. Julie Latour), Mouvement laïque québécois, L’aut’journal, 2019-11-12. The Mouvement laïque québécois (MLQ, Quebec Secular Movement) awarded its 2019 Condorcet-Dessaulles Prize to the legal expert Ms. Julie

In the News: An Outrageous Religious Privilege in Ohio Schools

Ohio House passes bill allowing student answers to be scientifically wrong due to religion, WKRC Staff, ABC 6, 2019-11-13 Ohio lawmakers are weighing in on how public schools can teach things like evolution. The Ohio House on Wednesday passed the “Student

In the News: CEMB announces fundraising for an Ex-Muslim Refuge

Help us establish first ex-Muslim refuge in world, Maryam Namazie, CEMB, 2019-10-28. Click to view full size We at Council of Ex Muslims of Britain (CEMB) are raising funds for the first emergency shelter for ex-Muslims in order to provide

In the News: Femen denounces the visit to France of the Torturer of Raif Badawi

Femen, Facebook page of Femen, 2019-09-16. Cliquer pour agrandir The Foundation of Islam of France and the Muslim World League together organize an “International conference for Peace and Solidarity” tomorrow on the 17 of September 2019. The conference will be

In the News: Elected Women Against the Burquini

Burkini : l’Association des femmes élues de l’Isère “lance un cri d’alarme” (Burkini: The Association of Elected Women of Isère Sounds the Alarm),, 2019-07-06. An association of elected women from the French region of Isère, which includes the city of

In the News: Tunisia Bans Face Coverings in Public Buildings

Tunisia bans niqab in government buildings, France 24, 2019-07-06 Tunisia’s premier on Friday banned the niqab face covering in government offices, citing security concerns after attacks in the North African country. Prime Minister Youssef Chahed signed a government circular “banning

In the News: Quebec is Secular!

An Historic Date and a Great Victory! 16th June 2019 The National Assembly Adopts Bill 21 An Act respecting the laicity of the State Quebec Becomes a Secular State! RPL Press Release, 2019-06-17: Secularism, Finally!

In the News: Open Letter to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

Public Letter To the Prime Minister of New Zealand, 2019-03-31. Given the importance of this petition, we reproduce it below in its entirety. To the Prime Minister of New Zealand, Mrs, We wish to send our deepest sympathies to you

In the News: AQNAL Writes to the Prime Minister of New Zealand

To the attention of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, AQNAL, 2019-03-27. Given the importance of this letter, we reproduce it below in its entirety. To the attention of New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern Madam Prime Minister, It is

In the News: Betraying Women and Free Thought in the Name of Christchurch

Betraying women and free thought in the name of Christchurch massacres, Marieme Helie Lucas, Secularism is a Womens Issue, 2019-03-24. In response to massacres perpetrated by extreme-right white supremacists in 2 mosques in New Zealand on March 15 2019, several

In the News: Canton of Geneva Bans Religious Symbols

Geneva votes to ban religious symbols on public employees, Agence France-Presse, The Local (Switzerland), 2019-02-11. Geneva residents on Sunday voted for a controversial new “secularism law”, which will among other things ban elected officials and public employees from wearing visible

In the News: FEMEN supports Zineb El Rhazoui, target of death threats after calling to defy Islam

FEMEN supports Zineb El Rhazoui, the journalist who receives death threats after calling to defy Islam. SUPPORT ZINEB EL RHAZOUI! Who will dare to be Zineb today? Why is important to be Zineb El Rhazoui today, after all the predictable

In the News: Google Software Reports Blasphemy and Heresy in Indonesia

Google Hosts Sharia Law App Enabling Muslims to Report Blasphemy and Heresy to the Police, Tyler O’Neil, PJ Media, 2018-12-12. On December 7, 2018, the Google Play Store approved the latest version of “Smart Pakem,” an app that allows Muslims

In the News: Condorcet-Dessaulles Prizewinners Call for Withdrawal of “Religious Culture” Part of ERC course

Il faut revoir le cours Éthique et culture religieuse (The Ethics and Religious Culture Course Must be Revised), Nadia El-Mabrouk, Andréa Richard, Le Devoir, 2018-12-19. In an article in Le Devoir, Nadia El-Mabrouk and Andréa Richard, recipients of the 2018

In the News: Canadian Anti-Blasphemy Law Repealed

C-51, An Act to amend the Criminal Code and the Department of Justice Act and to make consequential amendments to another Act, 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, Parliament of Canada, Senate, 2018-12-13. Last Stage CompletedRoyal Assent (2018-12-13) The Canadian Senate has

In the News: NSS Opposes Formal Definition of “Islamophobia”

Home secretary urged not to adopt definition of ‘Islamophobia’, National Secular Society (NSS), 2018-12-09. The National Secular Society has urged the home secretary to resist calls to adopt a formal definition of ‘Islamophobia’ which have been put forward by a

In the News: Asia Bibi’s Lawyer at London Conference

Asia Bibi: Lawyer defies death threats over Christian’s case, Monidipa Fouzder, The Law Society Gazette, 2018-11-27. The lawyer for a Christian woman who faced a death sentence for eight years after being convicted of blasphemy says he has no regrets

In the News: Québécois Solidly Support Banning Religious Symbols

Nearly two-thirds of Quebecers support public-sector ban on religious symbols, poll finds, Jonathan Montpetit, CBC News, 2018-11-26. Most Quebecers are in favour of banning public-sector workers from wearing religious symbols, according to a CROP poll released ahead of the first

In the News: The Missionary and His Indoctrination

La bêtise religieuse (Religious Stupidity), Loïc Tassé, Journal de Montréal, 2018-11-25. The attempt by John Allen Chau to convert the Sentinelese tribe was particularly stupid, illustrating once again the unhealthy role which religion plays in our societies. Chau’s decision was

In the News: Tunisia: Gender Equality in Inheritance Law

Tunisian cabinet approves controversial gender equality in inheritance law, Al Arabiya English, 2018-11-24. The Tunisian cabinet has approved on Friday the law of gender equality in inheritance, to be discussed in the parliament dominated by Ennahda Movement before being effective

In the News: Federal FGM Ban Ruled Unconstitutional

Federal Ban on Female Genital Mutilation Ruled Unconstitutional by Judge, Pam Belluck, New York Times, 2018-11-21. The case, the first to be brought under the 1996 law that criminalized female genital mutilation, has been closely followed by human rights advocates

In the News: Religious Headwear to be Allowed in U.S. Congress

New Muslim congresswoman will seek to allow religious headwear in the House, AJ Willingham, CNN, 2018-11-19. Last week, Democrats announced a proposal to end a rule that bans headwear on the House floor. Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar, one of the first

In the News: Supreme Court Upholds Kirpan Ban in Legislature

Supreme Court upholds National Assembly’s ban on kirpans, The Canadian Press, CTV News Montreal, 2018-10-25 OTTAWA – The Supreme Court of Canada has refused to hear the appeal of a Sikh man and woman who were prohibited from entering Quebec’s

In the News: ECHR Condemns “Defaming” Muhammed

Defaming Prophet Muhammed not free expression: ECHR, Such defamation could stir up prejudice and risk religious peace, says European Court of Human Rights, Anadolu Agency, 2018-10-25 STRASBOURG – Defaming the Prophet Muhammed “goes beyond the permissible limits of an objective