Tagged: religion

URGENT ACTION! Help to abolish blasphemy!

This week, on Wednesday 9th January, an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill will be proposed by Dr Evan Harris MP (honorary associate of the NSS) to abolish the offences of blasphemy and blasphemous libel.

We’re affiliated to the The British Humanist Association (BHA) and The National Secular Society (NSS), who’ve campaigned for the blasphemy laws to be abolished and have briefed MPs about the present amendment, as well as representing the case for abolition to Government.

Contact your MP NOW!

Universality of Human Rights under attack at the UN

The Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) representing the 56 Islamic States renewed its attack on the Universality of Human Rights at the 6th Session of the Human Rights Council that ended on 14 December.

On Human Rights Day, 10 December, Ambassador Masood Khan, speaking on behalf of the OIC, claimed that the 1990 Cairo Declaration of Human Rights in Islam

“.. is not an alternative, competing worldview on human rights. It complements the Universal Declaration as it addresses religious and cultural specificity of the Muslim countries”.

Universality of Human Rights under attack at the UN | International Humanist and Ethical Union.

Round One: The New Yorker

The US Presidential race begins in Iowa. Since what happens there affects us here, it’ll be interesting to see which Republican candidate wins the most religious votes. Religion isn’t supposed to be an election issue, but try telling them that.

Out in Iowa, with the bell at last ringing and the combatants charging out of their corners, the Republican card has come down to the Maulin’ Mormon versus the Battlin’ Baptist. Would the Framers be pleased? Doesn’t seem likely, somehow. The deists, freethinkers, and assorted Protestants (plus two Catholics) who drafted the Constitution sternly forbade theological sucker punches—“No religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States” was how they put it—but today’s Republicans make their own rules.

Round One: Comment: The New Yorker

Dawkins, Dennett, Harris & Hitchens in conversation

Dawkins, Dennet, Harris & Hitchens

On the 30th of September 2007, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett, Sam Harris and Christopher Hitchens sat down for a first-of-its-kind, unmoderated 2-hour discussion, convened by RDFRS and filmed by Josh Timonen.

Second thoughts on life, the universe and everything by world’s best brains | Science | The Guardian

Does God exist?

Alan Alda, perhaps best-known as Hawkeye in the 70s series MASH. He now hosts Scientific American Frontiers on US television:

“Until I was 20 I was sure there was a being who could see everything I did and who didn’t like most of it. He seemed to care about minute aspects of my life, like on what day of the week I ate a piece of meat. And yet, he let earthquakes and mudslides take out whole communities, apparently ignoring the saints among them who ate their meat on the assigned days. Eventually, I realised that I didn’t believe there was such a being …

Nick Clegg says: ‘I don’t believe in God’ -Times Online

Nick CleggNick Clegg, the Liberal Democrats’ new leader, has defied political convention with a frank admission that he is an atheist.

During a round of media broadcasts on the morning after his election to the post, he was asked by one interviewer: “Do you believe in God?”

After Gill Gibbons’ faux pas, Red Bull blasphemy…

An angry Italian priest has persuaded soft drinks company Red Bull to withdraw an advertisement setting its product in a nativity scene on the grounds it is disrespectful to Christianity.

Father Marco Damanti, from Sicily, wrote to the makers of the caffeinated energy drink denouncing their commercial as “a blasphemous act” and said yesterday he had received a prompt reply promising to remove it from Italian television.

NSS: Rights of non-believers being compromised by growth of religious power-seeking

Europeans who have no religion are increasing in number but are becoming increasingly disadvantaged in the political process. This was the claim by the National Secular Society at a meeting in the European Parliament on “Religion and Politics in the New Europe” sponsored by Catholics for Choice.

Quality and Equality: Human Rights, Public Services and Religious Organisations

Report Launch:  Proposed public service reforms risk discrimination against employees and service users and negative effects on social cohesion

The British Humanist Association (BHA) today [28/11/07] announces the launch of a major new report into the contracting out of public services to religious organisations. The launch of the report is being supported by the TUC and its conclusions endorsed by public figures including Lord Warner, former minister at the Department of Health.