2 mn read I visited a Kebab Shop once. I politely asked what kind of meat it was, whether it was Halal or not. “We have beef, chicken and pork. All except pork is Halal.” I replied: “All right. I will have the pork then.” No problems so far. After eating, I found the vendor and said: “Well, […]
2 mn read As the Black Friday curtains rise, revealing a stage set for the annual shopping extravaganza, we invite you to pause for a moment. Imagine a world where your savings could transform lives, where your deals could deal hope to those in dire need. This Black Friday, consider extending a hand to those whose freedoms are […]
2 mn read Nigerian activist Mariam Aliyu answered the UN’s call during her university years when she saw a little girl she could not ignore. “She was 12 years old, and I noticed she was limping,” she recalled. Using her medical skills, and days of earning the girl’s trust, she figured out that she had been sexually assaulted. So began a journey of advocating for girls and women.
3 mn read Exploring the Foundations of Morality: Secular vs. Religious Perspectives Morality, the compass of human behavior, guides us through the intricate maze of right and wrong. It shapes our decisions, influences our relationships, and underpins the values that define our society. Two primary perspectives have emerged in our quest to understand and practice morality: secular morality […]
3 mn read Balancing Faith and Respect Proselytism, the act of attempting to convert others to one’s beliefs, can be a deeply divisive and controversial practice. It is a fundamental aspect of many religious and ideological movements, but its ethical implications have long been a subject of debate. This article aims to explore the ethics of proselytism, examining […]
3 mn read In the grand theater of human history, the tale of religion stands as a riveting drama, filled with intrigue, borrowed plots, and vibrant characters crafted in the human imagination. Let’s embark on a journey that meanders through the curious lanes of history, unearthing the roller-coaster ride that is the creation and propagation of religion and […]
3 mn read In a world where diverse beliefs and philosophies coexist, the recognition of humanist and secular values has gained importance as a means to safeguard individual rights and freedoms. This article explores countries that have made significant progress in embracing humanist and secular ideals while actively protecting the rights and freedoms of their citizens. By prioritizing […]
4 mn read The relationship between the church and African states has a long and complex history that dates back to the colonial era. During this time, European powers used Christianity as a tool of colonization, with missionaries playing a key role in spreading Christianity and Western values throughout Africa. The church was often complicit in the oppression and exploitation of Africans by colonial powers, with many missionaries promoting the idea of European superiority over Africans.
8 mn read It was the third day of protests in response to Mahsa Amini’s murder by Iranian police. Reading social media posts of that time, you could see that many activists are exciting people to join the nationwide protests. But as an atheist, what attracted my attention was the fact that some of them are explicitly suggesting […]
3 mn read As an asylum seeker, I have faced numerous obstacles in my journey to rebuild my life. One of the most significant challenges has been the lack of access to basic necessities, such as medical care, employment, and financial support. Unlike other EU nations like Germany, Georgia has yet to provide adequate support to asylum seekers, […]
4 mn read The combination of stringent religious laws and conservative societal attitudes in many Middle Eastern countries have fostered an environment in which individuals who do not adhere to religious beliefs are often subject to discrimination, persecution, and prosecution. It is imperative for the global community to continue exerting pressure on Middle Eastern governments to uphold fundamental human rights such as freedom of expression and belief and ensure the safeguarding of non-believers’ liberties.
5 mn read My name is Dolly, and I am an ex-Muslim and a lesbian activist. I had to leave my home country, Egypt, to seek asylum in Tbilisi because my life was in danger. I was outed as a lesbian, and not only was I threatened by Islamists, but my Salafist family also posed a risk to […]
2 mn read The bang of the blast was deafening. But the comments of the Taliban soldier standing at my bed in the hospital twisted the knife in my wounds. “I wish they were all killed,” pointing to me and my colleagues when I was reeling in pain. Greetings everyone! Thank you to all my friends and all […]
2 mn read On 11 February 2023, Hesham El Masry, an Egyptian atheist freethinker was on his way to The Netherlands from Cairo International Airport when he was escorted off the plane by police officers. “I was on my way to Amsterdam, Netherlands, [but] i was detained by the Egyptian National Security Agency, and they forbade me from […]
2 mn read Iraq has long been a battleground for conflicts, wars, and terrorist activities. These conflicts have had severe consequences for the country’s minorities, including atheists and members of the LGBT community. The rise of Islamic militias and radical Islamic groups has led to an increase in violence and persecution against these minority groups, forcing many to flee the country or hide their identities for fear of retribution.
< 1 mn read The Taliban’s harsh enforcement of its religious interpretation violates the freedom of religion or belief of religious minorities, women, members of the LGBTQI+ community, Afghans with different interpretation of Islam, and Afghans who don’t follow any religion.
< 1 mn read We, the undersigned freethought, ex-Muslim, atheist, and secularist organisations, have joined together to politically sponsor the well-known Iranian atheist and ex-Muslim Soheil Arabi, who was re-arrested from his home on 2 January 2023 by the Islamic Republic of Iran’s security forces. Sources have informed us that he was violently beaten during the arrest, denied much-needed medicine […]
2 mn read It doesn’t matter if I am a secularist, atheist or theist. Nietzsche has an article called “the courage to live”. In that article, it is claimed that the brave are the people who remove God from their lives and live freely. But from my point of view, it is not necessary for God to be […]
3 mn read December 2023 – Freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, enshrined in article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. However, there are governments and individuals in positions of power around the globe that threaten this right. One such way to threaten this freedom is through laws of blasphemy. It virtually silences anyone […]
5 mn read India witnessed enormous bloodshed when it was partitioned in 1947 into two independent nations: Hindu-majority India and Muslim-majority Pakistan. The partition was along communal lines with millions of Muslims from India migrating to Pakistan and millions of Hindus from Pakistan coming to India. Undivided India had a 24% Muslim population which fell to 10% after […]