Author: AAI

The Apprentice

Part 3: The Apprentice AAI’s work in Uganda and their billboard campaign in Guatemala, inspired me to think about how critical thinking skills could be promoted in my home country, India. These campaigns seemed brilliant to me because they happened in places where atheists could not even imagine having a voice before. For the past three years, I had attended the World Atheist Conference on the beh...

The Master

Part 2: The Master Professor Narendra Nayak hates superstitious beliefs. He has seen firsthand the harm they cause. More than that, he hates the poor being cheated by contemptible people who use the culture of superstition so prevalent in India to trick people into giving away money and possessions they cannot afford. An ordinary person may feel distressed or angry about these shenanigans, they ma...

The Program

Combatting India’s godmen Part I: The Program Almost 1 in 5 of the people on the planet live in India. India is a land one third the size of the USA but with almost four and a half times more people and one-seventh of the USA’s national income (GDP). These figures place the USA 7th in the league table of GDP per capita and India a lowly 139th, just below Nigeria. You could say there are two ...

Secular World Magazine – Spring 2018

In this issue: The New AAI World: Update on big changes at AAI. Things theists say (and get completely wrong). Richard Carrier: Applying Logic to the God Proposition. James A. Haught: Child abuse in the Catholic church. Stephen Law: What’s so great about the Sword of Reason? Andrew Copson: Religious Education in the UK. Peter Harrison: Religious education in New Zealand. Kevin Precious: From RE te...

Malaysia

Hunt down those atheists! In August 2017 the Malaysian group known as the Atheist Republic Consulate of Kuala Lumpur, held its annual gathering. One member declared, “It was such a blast! Atheists from all walks of life came to meet one another, some for the very first time… each sharing their stories and forming new friendships that hopefully will last a lifetime! We rock!” But Malays...

Sudan

You’re a young man living in Khartoum, the capital of Sudan. Because your parents are Muslim, you are a Muslim and must remain so forever. In school, you are indoctrinated into the morals and laws of “your” religion. Growing up you see your country involved in what seems like everlasting ethnic strife and internal conflict. You learn that shortly before you were born Colonel Omar al-Bashir led a m...

The Holy Light scandal

An interview with Fotis Fragopoulos Fotis Fragopoulos graduated in Business Administration and works as an accountant and consultant. He is a founding member of the Atheist Union of Greece and president of the Union since 2013. He is the instigator of some of the Union’s campaigns, including the questionnaire and proposal to the political parties for separation of the church and state, and the con...

Saudi Arabia

Which of the following statements is true?   By any measure, Saudi Arabia has one of the worst human rights records of any country in the world.   Atheism in Saudi Arabia is legally defined as terrorism.   Saudi Arabia sits on the United Nations Human Rights Council.   Saudi Arabia’s Faisal Trad heads the United Nations panel that selects applicants for human rights roles around the world.   Despi...

Atheist World Introduction

Throughout history atheists have faced varying levels of discrimination. Today, despite the existence of numerous international human rights instruments protecting the right to be an atheist, the fact remains that many atheists face discrimination ranging from family rejection and hostility, to imprisonment, brutal flogging and execution. Many countries enforce blasphemy laws that criminalize the ...

Secular World Magazine – Q3 – Q4 2017

In this issue: Letter from the President by Gail Miller Letter from the Editor by Rustam Singh The Fate of Non Believers: Understanding the Challenges to Atheism in Africa by Leo Igwe Islamophobia –What Is Really Wrong With It by Benjamin David Atheist Society of Nigeria Inaugural National Convention by Oge Igboegbunam and Freeborn Amadi The Clear Thinking of Julie Payette vs. the Atheophobia of S...

Secular World Magazine – Q2 2017

In this edition we talk about: Advocating for Secular Humanism in Guatemala: Guatemala is a deeply religious country and getting people to talk about atheism faces a lot of backlash. Atheist Alliance International sponsored a billboard campaign to spread the good word of being good without God – here’s how it went down. To The Women In Church: Religion alienates women from the center talk, but doe...

Secular World Magazine – Q1 2017

In this edition we talk about: The need for critical thinking: Educational systems across the world focus on a variety of subjects and skills but seem to completely miss out on teaching critical thinking. Critical thinking skills are also profoundly necessary to contain and prevent the rise of modern gullibility – and here’s why it should be introduced as a crucial part of the Secular rights proce...

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