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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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In the News: Clergy Excluded from Order of Precedence in Quebec

Le clergé écarté de l’ordre de préséance pour les cérémonies publiques au Québec (Clergy Excluded from Order of Precedence for Official Ceremonies in Quebec), Marie-Michèle Sioui, Le Devoir, 2019-11-22. Catholic Church authorities will no longer have precedence over Members of

In the News: Freedom of Thought Report 2019 from Humanists International

Blasphemy laws exist in 69 countries, report finds, National Secular Society (NSS), 2019-11-13. Sixty-nine countries have blasphemy laws and penalties have hardened in parts of the world in recent years, according to a report on the status and rights of

In the News: Alberta Conscience Rights Bill Threatens Access to Abortion and Other Health Services

Dissent grows over Alberta conscience rights bill as MLAs vote for more consultation, Nadine Yousif, The Star Edmonton, 2019-11-18. A controversial bill that deals with conscience rights for healthcare workers who refuse to provide care on moral or religious grounds

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