Category: Internet

Leo Igwe arrested in Nigeria – HumanistLife

HumanistLife, the BHA’s new website, offers a varied selection of stories. Bob Churchill from the BHA says,

The aim is that www.HumanistLife.org.uk will become a major node for expression and discussion of issues close to Humanism on the web.

We want to provide a space where our members and supporters, affiliated humanist groups, staff and Distinguished Supporters can build a content-rich, quality site, giving many humanist and other perspectives on current affairs, society, science and culture, as well as philosophical, artistic, Leo Igwevideo-based and other contributions. We want to bring together everyone who shares our broad worldview to present a bold, diverse vision of modern Humanism: its interests, its concerns and its inspirations.

One of the latest reports is about the courageous Nigerian Humanist, Leo Igwe, whose campaign against the “witch-hunters” who target defenceless children, and other human rights violations, have attracted threats against his life.

Postscript: Today (5th January), Leo Igwe was arrested in Nigeria.

Who’d have thought it? Christians “offended” by a bus.

Iowa Bus adYou’ll find it hard to believe (I know I did), but Iowan Christians have been offended. By a bus. Yes! I know!

My thanks to Ariane Sherine for this snippet of shocking news.

Incidentally, today is the first anniversary of the launch of the Atheist Bus Campaign, which one of our members says was “The most positive defining moment of my life.” Ah!

#beatcancer

eBay/Paypal and MillerCoors are donating a cent per hashtag (via tweet, Facebook update, or blog post). The campaign is aiming for a Guinness World Record “for the distribution of the largest mass message through social media” in one day.

Click here for my blog post.

Man faces execution after jurors consulted the Bible

AI logoAnd if he smite him with an instrument of iron … the murderer shall surely be put to death (Numbers 35:16).

Amnesty International has issued an urgent appeal for a man facing execution in three weeks’ time despite the fact that jurors at his trial consulted passages from the Bible in deciding his fate. Thirty-two-year-old Khristian Oliver is set to be executed in Texas, USA on 5 November. He was sentenced to death in 1999 for a murder committed during a burglary. While deciding whether he should live or die, jurors at his trial consulted copies of the Bible, including text supporting the death penalty, calling into serious question their impartiality.

Read more on the Amnesty UK website.

Balls

Ed BallsEducation Minister Ed Balls made a speech at the Institute of Directors yesterday. This is some of it:

It is now just over two years since we launched our Faith in the System document at the British Library.

It was a hugely important event.

And it came just a few months after I began this job – in fact, the speech I made then was one of the very first speeches I gave as Secretary of State.

I was very much a novice then.

I’m now a veteran – in fact, in the next few weeks, I’ll become the second longest serving Secretary of State since Kenneth Baker.

But I do believe – and I hope you all agree – that Faith in the System was a landmark document.

Warning: Evangelists at Costa Coffee

The NSS reports:

“Café Church” is the brainchild of Baptist Minister Cid Latty of Christchurch Baptist Church, Welwyn Garden City. The concept is simple – people won’t go to church, so why not bring the church to the people via high street coffee chains? “The idea is to encourage those who might feel uncomfortable in a church building to worship in a more neutral environment,” say the organisers.

Costa Coffee and the Gloria Jean coffee shop chain have co-operated with this scheme. I usually go to Costa’s, so it’ll be Starbucks for me.

I’ve emailed Whitbread, Costa’s parent company,

Theos research class, education and atheism

Andrew Brown of the Guardian made a lot of readers cross when he wrote that atheists are all middle-class, Aga-owning snobs. Now Theos, the public theology think tank, says that

Although atheists have historically been drawn from upper social grades and higher education levels, the research shows that converts to atheism are disproportionately drawn from groups with no educational qualifications whereas converts to theism are disproportionately drawn from higher socio-economic grades and from people with a masters degree or higher.