FAS – for a secular society – since 1908


25th April, Zürich: Talk by Anne Shephard on her interviews with jihadists from Belgium, France, and elsewhere

April 14th, 2016

Anne Speckhard is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at Georgetown University, Washington D.C. and is the Director of the International Center for the Study of Violent Extremism. Since 2002, she has collected more than four hundred interviews with terrorists and their friends, family members and hostages in Palestine, Israel, [...]


“Fighting God” – Presentation with David Silverman

November 2nd, 2015

"Fighting God" - Dave Silvermann in Basel


Ensaf Haidar, Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair awarded Freethinker Prize 2015

October 15th, 2015

Ensaf Haidar, Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair awarded Freethinker Prize 2015 Zürich, 9th October 2015. Saudi citizens Ensaf Haidar, Raif Badawi and Waleed Abulkhair received the first Swiss Freethinker Prize as appreciation of their courageous commitment to promote humanist and secular values, The award by the Freethinkers Association of Switzerland carries a prize money of [...]


Overzealous Bern Police come to aid Saudi Tyranny Regime

June 14th, 2015

Bern. On Frieday, 12h June 2015 six individuals placed themselves in front of the Saudi Embassy in Bern and held up a banner with the following message: HAZEM BIN MOHAMMED KARKATILI, AMBASSADOR OF SAUDI ARABIA HELP TO FREE RAIF BADAWI &
 WALEED ABULKHAIR OR GO HOME AND DON’T COME BACK! The protest was purposely carried [...]


Swiss Statistics: Religion

May 29th, 2015

Between 2011-2013 state acknowledged churches have lost members (roman catholic -4,1 percent, reformed -7 percent), muslim communities are slightly growing (+1,4 percent). Jewish communities are +/- stable, the percentage of non-dominationals grew by 10 percent.


Gallup: Are you a religious person?

April 14th, 2015

7 charts that reveal the most – and the least – religious people across the world… and how it is the young who are the biggest believers:


Bangladesh: Murder of secular activist and writer Avijit Roy

February 26th, 2015

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is sickened and appalled to hear that secular blogger Avijit Roy has been murdered in Bangladesh a few hours ago. “Abhijit Roy lives in America and so, it is not possible to kill him right now. He will be murdered when he comes back.” These were the words of an Islamist activist [...]


Free Saudi Arabian Blogger Raif Badawi!

January 16th, 2015

Some of the writings of Raif Badawi


Paris: 4 cartoonists including chief editor shot dead – in the name of the prophet

January 7th, 2015


Increased Affluence Explains the Emergence of Ascetic Wisdoms and Moralizing Religions

December 26th, 2014

Between roughly 500 BCE and 300 BCE, three distinct regions, the Yangtze and Yellow River Valleys, the Eastern Mediterranean, and the Ganges Valley, saw the emergence of highly similar religious traditions with an unprecedented emphasis on self-discipline and asceticism and with “otherworldly,” often moralizing, doctrines, including Buddhism, Jainism, Brahmanism, Daoism, Second Temple Judaism, and Stoicism, [...]