Friday news and web links…
An Alexandrian court has sentenced Abdel Kareem Nabil Suleiman to four years imprisonment for “inciting hatred of Islam” and insulting President Hosni Mubarak in his blog, using the pseudonym “Kareem Amer.” Visit the Free Kareem! website to call for his freedom. As Amnesty International reports, the sentence means that bloggers are under threat from the Egyptian authorities.
All copies of Egyptian feminist writer, activist and medical doctor Nawal Al Saadawi’s latest book, God Resigns in the Summit Meeting, were removed from circulation and destroyed last week by her publisher Mahmoud Madbouli, according to German news service Deutsche Press Agenter. Madbouli said he withdrew the book once he learned it “offended readers’ religious sensitivities.”
Perhaps because of the The British Humanist Association’s attempts to appeal to ‘cultural Christians’ as prospective members, some have demonstrated rather woolly thinking about atheism or Humanism in its members’ forum. This is part of a topic posted recently:
Most reasonable people accept evolution and much that RD [Richard Dawkins] says in The God Delusion. On the basis of God defined in RD’s theistic terms, many people such as myself are atheists, but that does lump together a wide spectrum of belief some of which may prefer not to be called atheist.
Know what he means? Answers on a postcard please. Meanwhile, please would intelligent, sensible Humanists join the BHA? If you’re a bit woolly about what it all means, read ‘Humanism: an Introduction’ by Jim Herrick, normally available from the Rationalist Press Association but their website’s having a make over and doesn’t appear to be fully functional today, so try later. Also recommended: a subscription to New Humanist magazine.