AAI Media Releases
15 September 2011
This Saturday, 17 September 2011, thousands of people will rally in central London to demand secularism in Europe. Supporters of the rally include British biologist and author of The God Delusion Richard Dawkins and PZ Myers, an American biologist and author of the science blog Pharyngula.
Atheist Alliance International, with its UK Affiliates, Atheism UK and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, is proud to support the Secular Europe Campaign and congratulates the event organisers and sponsors.
Tanya Smith, President of Atheist Alliance International said: “Secularism is the only approach that treats all citizens equally and fairly, whether they are religious or not. Public policy should be based on reason, evidence and compassion – and not whichever religion happens to be the strongest in a certain country at a certain time. Religious privilege affects all of us – through our taxes and through its influence on issues like end-of-life choices, women’s reproductive rights and equality for same-sex oriented people. If people want to live in a fair society they need to stand up and be heard.”
Mark Embleton, President of Atheism UK added: "It is no longer sufficient just to be a passive atheist. Atheists everywhere need to be active in protesting the growing influence and power that the various religions are gaining in every corner of Europe. Religious lobbyists are putting pressure on a weak European Parliament to seek even more privileges through legislation that, if enacted, will lead to further restriction of free speech for everyone.”
Hassan Radwan, Management Committee member of the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain, also called for action saying: “It's critical to make public our support for the separation of religion from the state and educational and judicial systems. The simple act of showing public dissent to religion that enforces conformity through fear, is the most empowering thing one can do. It erodes that fear and emboldens others. This is what the Islamists dread the most. They know that when people lose their fear, they gain their reason.”
Atheist Alliance International, Atheism UK and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain encourage all people concerned about the privileged place of religion in Europe to attend the London rally this Saturday and have their voices heard in support of secularism.