2015 Dying Without Deity conference, Columbia University, April 10-11, 2015by Robert Tapp
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By Norm R. Allen Jr.
The Women's MovementWhere It's Been, Where It's Atand the Problems that Remainby Sonia Pressman Fuentes
At two meetings in June and October of 1966, a total of forty-nine women and men, of whom I was privileged to be one, founded an organization that, along with legislation, revolutionized this country and is well on its way to revolutionizing the rest of the world. The organization was called the National Organization for Women (NOW), and eight of the co-founders remain alive today.But before telling you more about NOW, I needto review what led up to its founding.
In Observance of World Humanist Day June 21, 2015Stop the Harm of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA)
The Institute for Science and Human Values (ISHV) is proud to make a statement in commemoration of World Humanist Day and to join in the celebration across the world. Today as we observe World Humanist Day let us pledge to educate others, to speak out to end the use of religion to discriminate, hoping to led to world peace.( Read More )
Atheism in ZambiaBy Leo Igwe
Like other countries in Africa, Zambia is a very religious nation and has the dubious of distinction of being officially declared a Christian nation by President Federick Chiluba in 1996. One need not look far to see where Chiluba got the political will to establish this Christian nation. Eighty seven percent of the population is Christian and only twelve percent profess other faiths. The number of non-believers is too low to measure. Apparently, Zambia is 100 percent religious and theistic.But recently, the country's religious demography has begun to change. Atheists are leaving their closets and are starting to organise. Atheists in Zambia are becoming assertive and are making their voices heard. They are standing up and identifying as atheists in public. An atheist group has just been formed in Zambia and a Facebook page has been created. It is called the Atheists in Zambia. This group is the first of its kind in the country and signals a bright and promising future for freethought in this Southern African country. It is not clear why the members of this group chose to identify as atheist, rather than sceptics, freethinkers, humanists or rationalists. Why didn't they choose other labels which engender less stigma?( Read More )
On May 31, 2015, my brother Dave Allen and I attended the second international conference of the Philippine Atheists and Agnostics Society (PATAS.) The organization was founded on February 14, 2011 by former leader Marissa Torres. (Torres has founded and leads another group known as the Humanist Association of the Philippines International, or HAPI, some of whose members attended the second PATAS conference.)I spoke at the first international PATAS conference held in Manila on April 21, 2012 at the Bayview Hotel. I knew then that PATAS would do extremely well in its courageous efforts to defend reason, science and humanism in the Philippines, and in their attempts to secularize their country.The second PATAS conference was held at the Unilab Bayanihan Center in Pasig City, near Manila. The building was clean, beautiful, comfortable, and air-conditioned. (This last point was especially important, as temperatures in the Philippines at that time got as high as 110 degrees Fahrenheit!)