FAS – for a secular society – since 1908


Happy Holidays!

December 22nd, 2014


December 10th, 2014

The Freedom of Thought Report is an annual survey on discrimination and persecution against non-religious people in countries around the world. The latest report is available free to download.

In 2012 the report covered discrimination against the non­religious in 60 countries. In 2013 it covered every independent country, as well as introducing a rating system to assess the status of the country. In 2014 the report has been extensively expanded and revised, with most countries entirely re­written from the ground up, and with the ratings criteria expanded to include some measure of social discrimination.


Abandoned churches in Italy

November 1st, 2014

With the Italian economy crippled by recession, more and more churches are being deconsecrated and sold to private buyers, who repurpose these former houses of God into banks, theaters, night clubs and even car repair shops.


NF: Belief and the ego-driven society

October 27th, 2014

More and more people in Switzerland are deciding on their own what to believe and what to practise. Freedom of belief puts pressure on religious communities and forces them to compete with secular leisure activities. These are the results of a study funded by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) whose final report is now [...]


Education makes people less religious – and less superstitious, too

October 13th, 2014

JUST one extra year of schooling makes someone 10% less likely to attend a church, mosque or temple, pray alone or describe himself as religious, concludes a paper* published on October 6th that looks at the relationship between religiosity and the length of time spent in school. Its uses changes in the compulsory school-leaving age [...]


Denkfest 2014: Richard Dawkins and many other interesting speakers

August 23rd, 2014


1 august: Let’s separate State and Church!

August 1st, 2014


ECHR: Prohibition of full-face veil legitimate

July 1st, 2014

In today’s Grand Chamber judgment in the case of S.A.S. v. France (application no. 43835/11), which is final, the European Court of Human Rights held, by a majority, that there had been no violation of Article 8 (right to respect for private and family life) of the European Convention on Human Rights, and no violation of Article 9 (right to respect for freedom of thought, conscience and religion); unanimously, that there had been no violation of Article 14 (prohibition of discrimination) of the European Convention combined with Articles 8 or 9.


June 21st, 2014


Valais: cantonal initiative for the separation of state and church launched

June 17th, 2014

In the catholic dominated canton of Valais an Comitee has launched an « Kantonale Volksinitiative für eine Trennung von Staat und Kirche ». The initiative wants to change an article of the cantonal constitution and needs 6000 signatures within 6 months to become valid.
Press release in German: http://www.valais-laic.com/2014/06/pressemitteilung.html