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“Fighting God” – Presentation with David Silverman

Monday, November 2nd, 2015
"Fighting God" - Dave Silvermann in Basel

"Fighting God" - Dave Silvermann in Basel

The name David Silverman is the intrepid Fire branding Atheism strategy, which he translates as president of American Atheists in most PR-oriented promotions and mega events. His Reason Rally was in 2012 as the largest atheist event in world history. On the European tour for his book «Fighting God” Silverman makes a stop in Basel. Presentation in English with simultaneous translation.

Saturday, 07.11.2015 – Until 23.00 clock from 19.00

Hörsaal 1 – Pharmazentrum

Klingelbergstrasse 50

4056 Basel

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Sonntag, 08.11.2015 – Until 18.00 clock from 14.00

Zentrum Karl der Grosse

Kirchgasse 14

Zürich 

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

Thursday, 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 10.000 Swiss franks. Ensaf Haidar was handed the prize at a reading organised by the Freethinkers, Amnesty International Switzerland and the Zurich-based Forum for Democracy and Human Rights. In her Book «Freiheit für Raif Badawi, die Liebe meines Lebens» (Freedom for Raif Badawi, the love of my life, co-written with the journalist Andrea Claudia Hoffmann and published in German) Ensaf Haidar describes her family’s story and her fight to free her husband, who was sentenced to 1000 lashes and ten years imprisonment. In 2008 Raif Badawi had started to blog about social liberal topics. In particular, he advocated women’s rights and the separation of the State and religion. Soon several of Badawi’s articles were reprinted by Saudi newspapers and he was regularly asked to write columns. Because of an increase in threats Badawi however decided to temporarily shut down his site and the family moved to Malaysia. But they had the heart to move back to their home country and Raif Badawi re-lauched his forum and Ensaf Haidar became an active contributor herself. In 2012, Raif was arrested and Ensaf, taking several detours, fled to Canada with their three children, where she was granted political asylum. Since then, she has admirably been campaigning for the release of her husband, and is helping to maintain the public pressure on the Saudi regime. The prize money is intended to provide a small contribution to the financial hardships of the recipients, respectively, in the case of Waleed Abulkhair, his wife. Badawi and Abulkhair are not only imprisoned, the State has also blocked their savings. The Swiss Freethinkers award will be awarded every two years and is financed via a bequest.

How Christian are UK Christians? And should Government “do God”?

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

A poll carried out by Ipsos MORI for the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (UK) in the week after the 2011 Census focused on the beliefs, attitudes and practices of UK adults who say they were recorded as Christian in the 2011 Census (or would have recorded themselves as Christian had they answered the question).

When asked why they think of themselves as Christian, the research found that fewer than three in ten (28%) say one of the reasons is that they believe in the teachings of Christianity.

People are much more likely to consider themselves to be Christian because they were christened or baptised into the religion (72%) or because their parents were members of the religion (38%) than because of personal belief.

As many as half (50%) do not think of themselves as religious and less than a third (30%) claim to have strong religious beliefs.

At the same time, many who self-identify as Christian hold beliefs that some churches would consider to be incompatible with traditional Christian teaching, such as astrology and reincarnation (27% in each case), ghosts (36%) and fate (64%).

The low level of religious belief and practice among those calling themselves Christian is reflected in church attendance. Apart from special occasions such as weddings, funerals and baptisms, half (49%) had not attended a church service in the previous 12 months. One in six (16%) have not attended for more than ten years, and a further one in eight (12%) have never attended at all.

Read the full press release at Richarddawkins.net

UK Christians opposed to special influence for religion in public policy

If the section dealing with questions of religious belief and practice  revealed very low levels of both, the questions focusing on UK Christians’ attitudes to social issues, including the role of religion in public life, is even more dramatic.

It shows that most UK Christians have very little in common with the Christian lobbyists claiming to speak on their behalf. The constant calls from Christian lobby groups to deny full rights to gays, to grant Christians exemption from certain laws, to outlaw abortion, to maintain privileged access to political influence and generally to put Christianity at the heart of UK public life simply do not reflect the views and wishes of the majority of UK Christians.

On the contrary, the findings show that the majority of UK Christians share the secular, liberal, humane values that are the hallmark of a modern, decent society.

This won’t come as a surprise to most Christians reading these results,… nor to those who count liberal Christians among their friends, families and colleagues.

But it may come as a shock to certain politicians who seem to have bought into the idea that there are votes to be gained in ‘doing God’. These results show quite categorically that there are not.

From now on, whenever a clergyman, politician or religious lobbyist tries to claim that the UK is Christian and that religion should therefore have protected status in our public life, we will be able to point to these results and show that not even UK Christians support their view.

Read press release 2.

 

Relating data.

 

 

 

Off The Record: A Quest For De-Baptism In France

Monday, January 30th, 2012

In France, an elderly man is fighting to make a formal break with the Catholic Church. He’s taken the church to court over its refusal to let him nullify his baptism, in a case that could have far-reaching effects.

Seventy-one-year-old Rene LeBouvier (…) says his mother once hoped he’d become a priest. But his views began to change in the 1970s, when he was introduced to free thinkers. As he didn’t believe in God anymore, he thought it would be more honest to leave the church. So he wrote to his diocese and asked to be un-baptized.

“They sent me a copy of my records, and in the margins next to my name, they wrote that I had chosen to leave the church,” he says. But  LeBouvier wanted to go further (…), again he asked the church to strike him from baptismal records. When the priest told him it wasn’t possible, he took the church to court. Last October, a judge in Normandy ruled in his favor. The diocese has since appealed, and the case is pending. (…)

French law states that citizens have the right to leave organizations if they wish. Loup Desmond, who has followed the case for the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, says he thinks it could set a legal precedent and open the way for more demands for de-baptism – a trend that has been marginal, but is growing. (…)

Full article on NPR.

Humanists, atheists drive for wider global impact

Tuesday, October 11th, 2011

Reuters
When Switzerland goes to the polls to elect a new parliament later this month, voters in Zurich will for the first time in the country’s history have the chance to cast their ballot for a slate of Freethinkers.
“We decided we had to stand up and tell our politicians that it’s time they recognised that there are a lot of non-religious people in their electorate,” says 42-year-old Andreas Kyriacou, who heads the list.
“We, and probably a lot of Swiss people who have never thought about humanism or atheism, are tired of the influence the churches and religion still exert in this country,” he said in an interview with Reuters.

Full article: http://uk.reuters.com/article/2011/10/11/oukoe-uk-religion-humanists-idUKTRE79A1R220111011

International Day of Reason: Participate, leave a reasonable comment!

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

There is a reason we have the Mothers Day or a Fathers Day. A special day puts a new focus on a idea momentarily, even if also mothers are mothers every single day of the year. So, we simply declare the International Day of Reason to be celebrated at the May 6th of this year!
It started as a reaction to the national prayer day in the US and may become an international movement.
We may be the only ones celebrating it for now; but who knows if it catches on…

Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100568523321443

You are kindly invited to add your reasonable comment on this website under this article.
We wish you and your beloved ones a day full of reason. Save some time for studying science, philosophy and art: objective, careful and cheerfull.

Where do atheists come from?

Monday, March 15th, 2010

HERE’s a fact to flatter the unbelievers among you: the bright young things at the University of Oxford are among the most godless groups ever studied in the UK. Of 728 students surveyed in 2007, 48.9 per cent claimed not to believe in any god, with 49.6 per cent claiming no religious affiliation. And while a very small number of Britons typically label themselves as “atheist” or “agnostic” (most surveys put it at about 5 per cent), an astonishing 57.3 per cent of the Oxford sample did.

This may come as no surprise. After all, atheism is the natural stance of the educated and the informed, is it not? It is only to be expected that Oxford students should be wise to what their own professor Richard Dawkins calls “self-indulgent, thought-denying skyhookery” – and others call “faith”. The old Enlightenment caricature, it seems, is true after all: where Reason reigns, God retires.

Full article > http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20527506.100-where-do-atheists-come-from.html

Perceptions …

Monday, March 15th, 2010