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Who we are

AAI is a global federation of atheist groups and individuals committed to educating its members and the public about atheism and critical thinking, and to supporting atheists around the world who are discriminated against and criminalized. AAI was granted UN Special Consultative status in 2013.

What we do

AAI supports atheist organizations world-wide by assisting them with local campaigns, secular education and coaching, and by encouraging interactions between groups. AAI also provides advice, community and support to individual atheists, especially those whose lives are threatened or diminished by theists. Watch our video ↠

ASN Officers awaiting the judgment
ASN Officers awaiting the judgment

Atheists Sue State Governor in Nigeria

Judge hands down his decision

What should atheists do when they find a State Governor is promoting a project to build an enormous 8,500-seat Christian worship center and is contributing state funding? In October 2018, our affiliate, the Atheist Society of Nigeria (ASN), instructed lawyers to sue the governor. Now the judge has announced his decision.

ASN lost but were the Nigerian atheists treated impartially and was the judge’s decision right? Did we get justice or bigotry?

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The back story ↠
Summons served ↠ 
Defense filed ↠
The decision PART I ↠
The decision PART II ↠


Our atheist book recommendations

One of the most common questions we are asked is, “What books do you recommend?”

People doubting their religion or new to atheism are often hungry to learn more. Lifelong atheists like to read good atheist books and keep up with new books as they are published.

Parents want to find good books for their children to give them thinking skills, an understanding of science and help them to appreciate the wonders of the natural world. Sometimes people are searching for straightforward, non-confrontational books to gift to their religious friends…

You will find a selection of the books we love on our Atheist Bookfest page. Enjoy!

See them here ↠

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The God Delusion now FREE in Arabic

Recognizing the difficulty many Muslims have accessing books on skepticism, atheism and evolution, Richard Dawkins is making his most popular titles available for FREE DOWNLOAD in Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, and Indonesian. The titles being made available include River Out of Eden, The Magic of Reality, The Blind Watchmaker, and The God Delusion.

The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, now a division of The Center for Inquiry, has launched The Translations Project to provide professional translations of Dawkins’ books into the languages most widely spoken by Muslims around the world.

More information here ↠

Fighting for Atheist Rights

People should be as free to be atheists as they are to be conservative or liberal; Christians or Muslims. The truth is, in many parts of the world, atheists are not free. Too often atheists are persecuted and discriminated against by civil authorities.

In some countries, particularly Islamic countries, atheists are criminalized and live in fear of fear of loss of rights, imprisonment, public lashing or execution by the state.

AAI is campaigning to clarify Human Rights declarations and treaties to explicitly confer upon atheists the same rights as are enjoyed by the religious.

Read more about our campaign for atheist rights ↠

AAI Board Member Targeted by Gunmen

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. 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. The team uncovered a hit-list of 34 rationalist writers targeted for execution and a plot to kill four prominent rationalists on a single day. Documents gave the names of the intended victims, the hit-men allocated to each execution and showed plans were at an advanced stage of preparation.

The intended victims included AAI Board member, Narendra Nayak. Police have arrested several alleged conspirators and the four targeted rationalists have been given police protection. Read more about our campaigns in India ↠

AAI Board Member Professor Narendra Nayak

AAI Blog

How to prove you have a soul

The human brain has many functions. Some functions keep our bodies working such as controlling our temperature, breathing, moving muscles, providing balance and so on. Other functions relate to our pe...

The AAI interviews: Amaka Rea

Amaka is the founder of the NIGERIAN Atheist/Humanist/FreeThinkers Sanctuary Facebook group. Amaka talks to John Richards about this active group, which has over 16,000 members, and much more.

The AAI Interviews: Ariane Sherine

John Richards interviews Ariane Sherine.

Secular World – August 2019

In this issue: President’s Letter Breaking the Chains Fine-Tuning Debunked Where am I? Poetry Page Applying Logic to the God Proposition What is Humanism? Muslim and Gay I deserved to be kicked ...