Created on Wednesday, 03 August 2011 16:15
The Catholic Church in Australia has issued a national
apology over past adoption practices that have been described as a
"national disgrace". The apology was prompted by national media investigation into claims of abuse and trauma in Newcastle.
is believed at least 150,000 Australian women had their babies taken
against their will by some churches and adoption agencies between the
1950s and 1970s.
Created on Friday, 29 July 2011 18:41
As a lifelong resident of Uganda and Africa as well as president of the Atheist Association of Uganda, I have a good idea of the conditions and challenges that Africans face to live.
is perhaps the most miserable place the world has ever known. This fact is all
but ignored by the media in western countries. Most of the governments here,
although calling themselves promoters of democracy, are ruthless dictatorships,
ruled by greed and callous disregard for human life and dignity. They are
supported by religious institutions that desire a share in the power, and they
are supported by the "Western World" because they can still exploit
them for profit.
Created on Saturday, 23 July 2011 19:19
It has been reported that Ghana's Western Regional Minister has ordered all gays to be arrested and called on other Ghanians to "inform" on suspected homosexuals.
This disgusting action is just one more example of the danger and discrimination faced by same-sex oriented people in some countries, with such attitudes commonly perpetuated by religious groups (in this case Christians and Muslims). Atheist Alliance International supports full equality for same-sex oriented people - there is no rational basis for discriminating against people simply on the basis of their sexual orientation, just as there is no basis for discriminating against people simply on the basis of their gender, race, ethnicity or other physical characteristics.
Created on Friday, 15 July 2011 17:51
Kenya is not a unique country in Africa. We all share in the colonial histories that the European civilization embedded on our orientation, thereby changing reality through industrialization. Kenya, like many other nations in the world, had resisted subjugation by its colonizers, the British. However, the colonialists’ need for emancipating us from the traditional dark past resulted to establishment of protectorates, concentration camps and ultimately, a settler population. They brought the constitution, introduced a social contract and made morality a key debate in any leadership. Even now, Kenya still uses its colonial constitution, which was planned in Lanchester House (Britain) decades before independence.
Created on Tuesday, 26 July 2011 16:02
In an unprecedented attack on the Catholic Church by a head of state, the Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny today called the Vatican an elitist, dysfunctional, disconnected, and narcissistic institution over the distractions and obfuscations that the Vatican has offered in attempting to explain away the church priest pedophile scandals
Kenny promised that the historic relationship between the Catholic Church and the Irish State "would never be the same."
"The rape and torture of children were downplayed or 'managed' to uphold
instead the primacy of the institution, its power, standing and
'reputation'," the taoiseach (Prime Minister) said.
Created on Friday, 22 July 2011 23:16
Nigeria is often described as a deeply religious society where most, if not all persons, profess religious beliefs without qualification. Nigeria is often portrayed as a country where the religious demography is static- everybody is religious, everybody belongs to one faith or the other. Everybody professes religion, nobody renounces religion. Nobody is critical or skeptical about religious dogmas. Non religious and freethinking Nigerians are purportedly so insignificant. For me this is a misrepresentation of the religious demography and dynamics in the country. And the time has come for us to rectify this misrepresentation.
Created on Friday, 15 July 2011 16:30
The British Charity Commission denied the Council of ex-Muslims, an AAI affiliate, charity status this week.
In its refusal letter the Charity Commission stated: “Under English law the advancement of religion is a recognised charitable purpose and charities are afforded certain fiscal privileges by the state. The prohibition of any such financial privilege as called for in the demand made in [your] Manifesto would require a change in law. Similarly a separation of religion from the state and legal and education system would appear to require both constitutional reform and change to the law.”
CeMB chair Maryam Namazie responds to this denial here.