Call for End to Saudi Anti-Atheist Laws

From our friends and colleagues at the Atheist Alliance International:

New laws were recently annoucend by the government of Saudi Arabia that strengthens the criminalization of atheists in the country, including any communication with other known atheists or using the Internet to post or read about atheism. The laws further allow the government to prosecute atheists under the state’s anti-terrorism statutes, including the death penalty – simply for being an atheist!

This is even more outragous coming from a country that was recently elected to the UN Human Rights Commission!

Please sign the petition demanding national and international leaders to pressure the Saudi government into honoring its human rights commitments and rescinding its recent “Atheists = Terrorists” laws.

Atheist Alliance International has recently obtained “consultative status” with the United Nations and will now be participating as an NGO in the UN Human Rights Council and other UN and human-rights agencies to address this outrage.  We will be contacting heads of state and their UN ambassadors to encourage a denouncement of these actions by the Saudi government and to seek protection for those who are now subject to arrest as terrorists simply for their religious unbelief.  We are also providing legal funds to defend those who have already been arrested as well as to challenge the new laws.

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AAI – Urgent Appeal: CTSE

The Atheist Alliance International are supporting the Critical Thinking and Secular Ethics programme in Cambodia, run by the Cambodian Children’s Trust. Its aims are to provide vulnerable children a secualr education and teach them critical thinking skills within a culture that is saturated with supernaturalism, ghosts, gods, spirits and sorcerers.

From the funding appeal site:

Our mission is to teach children not what to think, but how to think.

If we teach children everything we know, their knowledge is limited to ours. If we teach children to think, their knowledge is limitless.

At The Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) we strive to give vulnerable Cambodian children the best chance at leading a happy, fulfilling, and successful life. Succeeding in life depends on our ability to solve the problems we encounter along the way.

Theravada Buddhism is (supposedly) practiced by around 95% of the Cambodian population. In reality however, behind the doors of Khmer Temples there lies belief in superstitions, with rituals, spirits, ghosts, gods, and sorcerers, which, it can be argued, injects immeasurable stress and fear into the lives of most Cambodians. In a country where corruption is widespread and 40% of the population live below the poverty line, it is vital that Cambodia’s children, its future leaders learn how to think for themselves, how to reason and how to be ethical and moral citizens. The future of Cambodia depends on it.

We will teach them to question. We will show them how to work out what is ethical or unethical (or somewhere in between). We will teach them to be able to identify flaws in arguments. We will educate them about the major religions and, with the skills they develop in this course, enable them to make up their own minds.

Studying ethics and philosophy will give children skills to use good thinking as the guide by which they live their lives.

You can find out more about the project and to keep up with what we’re doing, including the latest blog posts, on the website at welearn2think.org

However the project needs funds so AAI have set up a crowd sourceing intiative with “Startsomegood.com, but we are short $900 with only 6 days to go (at time of writing)! If the funding minmum is not reached in time none of the money gets paid to the project.

Please click this link and donate to this very worthwhile cause, but please this appeal is urgent otherwise the project will not get its funding.

 

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AAACon2013

Now I know this is a UK site, but I highly recommend this event over in the USA. I started going to atheist conventions is the USA back in 2009 (and I was present athe the magnificent Lawrence Krauss “Universe From Nothing” talk). I have made many good friendships with our fellow heathens “across the pond” who I remain in contact with to this day (and hope to see at this convention). It also reminds me of how important the work we are doing is. The problems that do occur in the US and other countries across the word solidify how marginalised and persecuted (yes I will use that word) some people are simply for not believeing in the Sky Fairy.

It can also be the centrepiece of a great holiday!

So the Atheist Alliance of America present the “Shout Heard Around The World!” Convention in Boston over the US Labor Day weekend (30th August – 1st September 2013).

Highlights include:

Host Seth Andrews, (Host of the “Thinking Atheist Podacst”), thepresentation of the Richard Dawkins Award to Steven Pinker, and keynote speaker Paula S. Aspell (senior executive producer of NOVA who commissioned the brillaint documentary on the Dover Trial) as keynote speaker.

I’m already booked up, hope to see you there!

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Empowering Women Through Secularism Conference

Atheist Ireland in accociation with the Atheist Alliance Internation present the Empowering Women Through Secularism Conference. To be held at the O’Callahagn Alexander Hotel on 28th-30th June 2013.

The Atheist Alliance International will also be holding its AGM during the course of the conference and all members are welcome to attend.

Speakers include:

For full details and booking information please go to the Conference Website.

 

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