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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


Sonntag, 08.11.2015 – Until 18.00 clock from 14.00

Zentrum Karl der Grosse

Kirchgasse 14


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.

Saudi Arabia: Release Raif Badawi!

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

The Swiss Freethinkers have learned with indignation of the increased criminal sanctions imposed against the Saudi liberal blogger Raif Badawi: ten years in prison, 1000 lashes and a fine of 1 million rials, for “insulting Islam.”

Saudi Arabia is a key part of the Western system of alliances in the region. Its allies do not burden themselves with the task of questioning this theocracy and its medieval practices.

In fact, the pronounced decree threatens all shades of freedom of expression since it considers as “terrorists” not only atheists, but also all those who dare to question the fundamentals of Islam as they form the basis of the Wahhabi monarchy.

FAS has contacted the President of the Confederation and the Swiss diplomacy and has urged them to interfere for freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia in general and for freedom for Raif Badawi.

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TEDxZurich: Impact through Rationality

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Michael Moor is now 21 years old and can look back on co-founding three organisations: “frei denken uni basel”, a students group focused on interdisciplinary exchange and critical thinking; “Giving What We Can Switzerland”, the Swiss chapter of an Oxford-based meta-charity that evaluates charities based on cost-effectiveness; and the “Giordano Bruno Stiftung Schweiz”, a local chapter of the German foundation, which promotes evolutionary humanism and secular ethics:

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Friday, December 16th, 2011

Christopher Hitchens received Richard Dawkins Award 2011

Sunday, October 30th, 2011

Berne, 12-14 December 2011: Einstein Lectures on “Religion without God”

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Einstein Lectures 2011

Prof. Ronald Dworkin New York, University

Einstein’s Worship
Monday, 12 Dezember 2011, 19:30, Aula University Berne

Faith and Physics
Tuesday, 13 Dezember 2011, 17:15, Room 120, Main building University Berne

Religion without God
Wednesday, 14 Dezember 2011, 19:30, Aula University Berne

Lectures open to public, no entrance fee

Steve Jobs 1955-2011

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Stephen Hawking: ‘There is no heaven; it’s a fairy story’

Monday, May 16th, 2011

In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, the cosmologist shares his thoughts on death, M-theory, human purpose and our chance existence

Michael Shermer: Why people believe strange things

Saturday, April 30th, 2011