Created on Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:28
Last Monday, atheist Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras took an oath of honor and conscience and not a religious oath in his swearing-in ceremony at Maximos Mansion, Greece, and as youngest and first atheist prime minister of Greece, he announced his 40 cabinet members.
According to Greek Reporter, The members of the new Greek cabinet were sworn-in earlier today in the presence of the President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias, at the Presidential Palace in downtown Athens, Greece . The new cabinet consists of 40 Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Vice Ministers, five of whom originate from the governmental partner.
Created on Thursday, 29 January 2015 13:12
According to New York Times, It took one session on Jan. 10 for a court in the Nile Delta province of Beheira to sentence Karim al-Banna, a 21-year-old student, to three years in prison for saying on Facebook that he was an atheist. The student’s lawyer complained that he was denied the right even to present a defense, but an equally chilling aspect of Mr. Banna’s case is that his father testified against him.
Also telling is that Mr. Banna was originally arrested, in November, when he went to the police to complain that his neighbors were harassing him. This was after his name had appeared in a local newspaper on a list of known atheists. Instead of protecting him, the police accused him of insulting Islam.
Created on Friday, 23 January 2015 07:10
Beginning on Saturday, January 3, 2015, Boko Haram engaged in a series of violent attacks after occupying a key military base. In what Amnesty International has declared “possibly [the] deadliest [massacre] in Boko Haram’s history,” the terrorist organization razed the fishing village and surrounding areas of Baga, Borno, slaughtering as many as 2000 of its inhabitants. On Saturday, January 10, 2015, a further attack on a market in the city of Maiduguri injured 18 people and killed twenty, among them the 10-year-old girl to whom the fatal bomb was strapped. The sordid history of this terrorist organization includes other crimes against humanity, including the enslavement and sacrifice of children. In April of 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, 219 of whom remain missing.
Created on Sunday, 18 January 2015 01:42
According to Sputbick News, the Vatican had to step into after the Pope caused a furore on Twitter by saying there are limits to freedom of speech when it comes to faith – effectively giving some backing to the Paris attacks last week which killed 17 people.
Asked by reporters about the first attack on the headquarters of Charlie Hebdo — in which 12 people died — the Pope said (video): "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith. There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity… in freedom of expression there are limits.
Created on Monday, 12 January 2015 04:04
Je pense donc je suis Charlie – I think therefore I am Charlie.
Nous sommes TOUS Charlie – We are ALL Charlie.
These taglines identify supporters of freedom of expression and resisters of religious threats. In this context, AAI est Charlie.
In solidarity we stand proudly with the people of France and her cartoonists who worked for Charlie Hebdo magazine and who were victims of religion-inspired terrorism on the 7th January 2015. Organised religion has always had a great deal on its conscience and now it has even more to answer for. In the case of Charlie Hebdo, seventeen people have been shot and killed and eleven more wounded. Minutes after this following cartoon that lampooned religion was published and tweeted from Charlie Hebdo magazine, religious terrorists stormed the magazine office and opened fire.
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:33
According to DW, In Egypt and other Arab states, societies are heavily influenced by religion. Even so, many people evidently regard themselves as atheists, and both governments and religious institutions see this as a threat.
There are exactly 866 atheists living along the Nile - at least according to a recent survey by the government-run Egyptian institution "Dar al-Ifta," which keeps tabs on religious issues in the country. How exactly that number was determined is unclear, but the institution's verdict on the threat is surprising: according Dar al-Ifta, the fact that 0.001 percent of the Egyptian population does not believe in God is a reason to sound the alarm bells. After all, no country in the Arab world apparently has a higher number of "godless" people - Morocco being the runner-up with a purported 325 atheists.
Created on Monday, 19 January 2015 17:01
In light of the recent terrorist attack in which twelve French journalists were executed by a group of religious zealots, Atheist Alliance International (AAI) wishes to express its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased journalists and staff at Charlie Hébdo.
“These types of attacks are the most extreme expression of the global anti-blasphemy movement. They are trying to suppress criticism of religion by any means necessary,” said AAI president Christine Shellska. “Since they weren’t able to suppress the editorial staff at Charlie Hébdo’s right to free speech via legal harassment, they instead used violence.”
AAI will hold a special edition of its magazine, Secular World, in memory of the newest victims of Islam and to help raise awareness of the dangerous trend that seeks to suppress criticism of Islam by legal (or violent) means in the whole world.
“AAI will keep working against the current line of blasphemy laws that are promoted by different groups around the world that try to use the legal system to silence secular citizens, as is the case in most of the developing world”.
AAI stands in solidarity with Charlie Hébdo, and more broadly, with cartoonists, satirists, comedians, journalists and others who endorse freedom of expression – heroes who identify social injustices, uphold human rights via the power of words, and speak truth to power via their art. In the spirit of upholding thebasic human right to freedom of speech, AAI wishes to endorse the Center for Inquiry’s (CFI) initiative to publish one of the images, and invites you to visit their page to view it. Further, the Huffington Post has also published some heartbreaking responses from cartoonists, and we encourage you to view them here.
“Paraphrasing the words that the French people have taken as their banner,” says Shellska, “let me say, ‘We all are Charlie Hébdo’ ”.
Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is a global alliance of atheist/freethought groups and individuals,committed to educating its members and the public about atheism, secularism and related issues.
Atheist Alliance International's vision is a secular world where public policy, scientific inquiry and education are not influenced by religious beliefs, but based upon sound reasoning, rationality and evidence. Atheist Alliance International's mission is to challenge and confront religious faith, to strengthen global atheism by promoting the growth and interaction of atheist/freethought organisations around the world and to undertake international educational and advocacy projects.
Created on Saturday, 17 January 2015 17:53
According to The Daily Beast, the attacks, which also include the stoning of an adulterer, appear to have taken place in Mosul and were distributed by ISIS social media accounts.
These are obscene images. They depict two men thrown from the roof of a building as a crowd watches them fall to their deaths, and they purport to show the Islamic State (or ISIS) carrying out public executions before an audience in Iraq’s Nineveh province.
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 15:11
According to BBC, France is to step up police and military patrols in areas frequented by the public following recent attacks, Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said.
He said up to 300 soldiers would be deployed around the country to boost security over the Christmas period.
The attacks, seemingly unrelated, in Nantes, Dijon and Tours have left more than 20 people injured.
Created on Tuesday, 23 December 2014 14:21
According to AFP, Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre.
Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday’s slaughter in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead including 133 children.
After the deadliest terror attack in Pakistani history, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif ended the six-year moratorium on the death penalty, reinstating it for terrorism-related cases.