Atheism UK at the Cambridge Union

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Chris Street, one of Atheism UK’s Council Members took part in a debate at The Cambridge Union Society on 25th April 2014.

Chris was the first speaker opposing the motion that ‘This House Believes That The Catholic Church Is A Force For Good’

View the debate on youtube in which Chris speaks from 16 minutes. Read the Press Release.

The motion failed to carry:- Ayes 82, Noes 85, Abstentions 65. Cambridge Union Society does NOT believe that the Catholic Church is a force for good!

 

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.

Floods and Storms are “Divine Retribution” for Gay Marriage!

An elected official has stated that recent storms and floods are “Divine Retribution” for Gay Marriage!

This is not some American Deep South Congressman, this is a local councillor from…Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire!

Cllr David Silvester (UKIP) said the Prime Minister had acted “arrogantly against the Gospel”.

The local MP John Howell (Con) summed it up well:

“I thought Mr Silvester’s letter was not the sort of thing that he should have written in today’s age.

“He really needs to consider his position.”

…quite!