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Book Review: The Stranger of Wigglesworth by Colby Hess

Colby Hess has written a children’s book that is an allegory for the origins of all religions, and how the priests and shamans play on our collective human insecurities to con us into following their rituals to stave off impending doom. Hess writes that The Stranger of Wigglesworth is ‘specifically aimed at young atheists and freethinkers – a genre which seems massively underrepresented in literat...

Escaping oppression: Saudi Arabian activist finds freedom with AAI’s support

SOLAL MAHDI AHMED is a Saudi Arabian ex-Muslim who is also an activist in the atheist community. He was born into the Muslim religion and had studied IT. He also extensively studied religious texts which, along with his experience living in an Islamic society, made him question his religious beliefs and he no longer followed the Muslim faith since 2015. Later he became an activist to raise his voi...

Albanian Comedian Stirs Islamist Outrage

A comedy club in the night-life district of Tiranë, Albania became a centre of contention and threats by Islamist religious conservatives after a stand-up act by a comedian referred to the Islamic Called to prayer, the Adhan. In the act, the Adhan was referred to as a “music piece not fit to be music for Top Fest (a music competition)” this part became the centre of attention after the Comedy Club...

Letter from Afghani Atheists

Hi dear readers, I am Kaihan (I am using an alias name for security reasons), and I am currently living in the shadows in Afghanistan. I am a founding member of an atheist non-registered organization that has been active but under the radar for the past 3 years in Afghanistan. Around 3-years back, 5 of my friends and I got together and formed a group including both males and females. In that group...

3 October: International Soheil Day

AAI kindly asks our followers to add your name to a petition calling for Iran to release Iranian atheist, Soheil Arabi, sentenced to death for insulting the prophet on Facebook. Our contributor, Sina Nasiri, recently submitted a blog with Soheil’s story. The Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain have declared October 3rd to be International Soheil Day and are asking people to raise global awareness abo...

Book Review: The World’s Biggest Lie

Recently an AAI follower, Andrew McQuinn, contacted the blog to ask if AAI would review his new book The World’s Biggest Lie: A Trial for Truth. While McQuinn is not a historian or religious scholar—this is not that unusual as neither Hitchens nor Schweitzer were—he does a good job of summarizing the origins of many of the major faiths in the world. While there were some points I would disagree wi...

Christians Privileged by Australian Education Policy

Affiliate member, Rationalist Society of Australia (RSA), issued a press release regarding the Australian government’s multi-million-dollar funding of a chaplaincy program (National School Chaplaincy Program, or NSCP) for public schools which exclusively hires Christians. The RSA is requesting a parliamentary review, as society president Meredith Doig states the ‘program is failing to meet the wel...

Burmese Monk Against Human Rights

In a shocking video sent to AAI by affiliate Burmese Atheists, a senior monk derides the protestors and their demands for human rights, particularly over gay marriage which he prays never happens in Myanmar. AAI previously documented anti-humanist statements by Sitagu and the military-religion collusion.

Asylum for Atheists & The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

Many Atheist Support Network volunteers are in regular communication with ex-Muslims seeking freedom of conscience in secular societies. ASN volunteers, in addition to providing emotional support and a sense of extended community to freethinkers trapped in oppressive theocratic societies or countries, also provide letters in support of refugees making asylum claims to the UNHCR on the basis of per...

Two European Fights For Secular Education

By Fotis Frangopoulos, AAI Secretary/Treasurer; and Jason Sylvester (Diogenes of Mayberry), AAI Blog Manager Ireland In the past decade, Ireland has made incredible strides towards a more secular society. Recently, Irish citizens have voted to legalize gay marriage in 2015, and in 2018 to overturn the abortion ban and remove blasphemy from the law books. In contrast to this trend, Atheist Ireland ...

Michael Sherlock – Early Buddhism – God, gods & Other Religions

The belief in an eternal soul was, and remains, antithetical to the aim underscoring Buddha’s ‘Four Noble Truths’, i.e., it perpetuates dukkha by fostering the delusional clinging to, and craving for, that which is in fact impermanent. Early Buddhism – God, gods & Other Religions

Michael Sherlock – Christian Misogyny: Female Sexuality in the Primary Historical Sources for Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe

Owing thanks largely to the Malleus, female sexuality became the twisted and distorted obsession of early modern European men. It may be cautiously assumed that these men had become so psychologically deranged, so pathologically affected due to their unbridled religious convictions, that they projected their own guilty and sexually repressed desires and dysfunctions onto their disenfranchised fema...

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