AAI Donates to Christopher Hitchens Library

Senior One student Esther Ainembabazi holding the library sign. Image via Brighter Brains Institute.

AAI has donated funds for the Christopher Hitchens library attached to the new Humanist Secondary School in Kanugu, Uganda. The school built, by the Brighter Brains Institute, is opening in February this year to provide rational, secular education to students from age 13.

AAI will continue to support this library with books and funds.

We want to start up libraries like this one all around the world.  If you know of a school or an organization that wants a secular library, please let us know. We are ready to help.

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AAI Board Member Targeted by Gunmen

Professor Narenda Nayak

Professor Narenda Nayak

India has become a dangerous place for people who publicly promote rationality and expose charlatans who use ‘magic’ tricks to claim they have powers from God.

Several Indian rationalists have been killed since 2013, including Narendra Dabholkar, Govind Pansare, M.M. Kalburgi, and Gauri Lankesh. Most of these killings follow a pattern—two men on a motorcycle draw alongside the victim and the pillion passenger unleashes a hail of bullets aimed at the victim’s head and chest. It’s brutal and effective, and invariably allows the assassins to escape the crime scene.

Following the killing of Gauri Lankesh outside her house in September 2017, a Special Investigation Team was set up to investigate allegations that a Hindu Nationalist group was behind the deaths. During the course of the investigation, a hit-list of 34 rationalist writers targeted for execution was found. The team also uncovered a plot to kill four prominent rationalists on the same day, or in quick succession. A document gave the names of the intended victims and the hit-men allocated to each execution. Other documents showed plans were at an advanced stage of preparation.

The intended victims were Girish Karnad, Veerabhadra Chennamalla, K.S. Bhagavan and, AAI Board member, Narendra Nayak. Police have arrested several alleged conspirators and the four targeted rationalists have been given police protection.

Many of us who work for a more rational world do so from the comfort of our homes but we salute those, like Narendra Nayak, who give much more. These people put themselves at risk every day to help those who are exploited and harassed by the “Godmen”.

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Atheists Sue State Governor in Nigeria

Illustration of the proposed Akwa Ibom Christian worship center

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What should atheists do when they find a State Governor is promoting a project to build an enormous 8,500-seat Christian worship centre and is contributing state funding?

This is happening now in Akwa Ibom state in Nigeria, a country with a Federal Constitution that explicitly mandates separation of religion and state. Our affiliate, the Atheist Society of Nigeria, instructed lawyers to write to Governor Udom Emmanuel, to demand the cessation of the project, and for the contributions made by the government to be publicly disclosed.

The Governor has failed to respond to either letter. So what next?

With AAI’s help, the Atheist Society of Nigeria will take the matter to court and let a Judge rule on the legality of the Governor’s involvement in this overtly religious project. This will be the first time in history that atheists have sued a state government in Nigeria and the ruling will be a crucial test case that will clarify the law and is likely to impact many other instances of state-religion entanglement across the country.
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the President of the Atheist Society of Nigeria

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Universal Declaration of Atheist Rights

It can be a difficult and dangerous world for atheists. In many countries, abandoning or denying the official religion of the state can result in imprisonment, torture or various draconian restrictions of rights including denial of the right to inherit or own property, or to receive an education. In 13 countries apostates can be subjected to the death penalty.

According to the latest report of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, in many countries, atheists are forced to lie to obtain their official documents without which it is impossible to go to university, receive medical treatment, travel abroad or drive.

In 1948 the United Nations approved the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which sets out basic human rights and freedoms. However, it is not legally binding and while it explicitly confers the freedom to practice a religion of choice, it does not explicitly grant the freedom to have no religion. Consequently, it is of little help to the atheists.

All international human rights laws and conventions that now exist, spell out the rights of the religious to practice their religions as they see fit. The freedom of religion is well protected. What is not well protected is the freedom from religion. Accordingly, we intend to catalog the rights we as atheists should enjoy, and we intend to take the resultant Universal Declaration of Atheist Rights to the United Nations and other international bodies. We believe these organizations need to urgently and courageously defend our rights as non-believers, rights that require that religious practices not be imposed on us by either state or non-state interests.

In the coming weeks AAI will reach out to secular organizations around the world to form a coalition to take this initiative forward.

This is as important as it is long overdue.

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