Tomorrow, Atheists Will Protest for Free Expression: We Have to Make Them Care

Tomorrow, a coalition of atheist and secularist groups will hold (mostly) coordinated protests on behalf of the jailed atheist bloggers in Bangladesh. My employer, the Center for Inquiry, is among those leading the effort. I’m writing so that I can convince you to attend one, if you’re near enough to do so, and to share the fact of the protests with everyone in your social networks. Why? Because, yeah, it’s about the bloggers, but it’s not just about the bloggers.

Atheists in the U.S., in Canada, in Western Europe — we are by no means everyone’s favorite ideological/”religious” minority. But we, for the most part, enjoy the same liberties and freedoms that everyone else does in our respective countries. Folks might complain about us, write pointed op-eds, rail against our evil secularist incursion into government, or troll us with angry comments and blog posts (oh wait, that last one we do to each other), but we’re okay. We’re still at it. We’re, for the most part, safe.

The fellas in Bangladesh, they do what we do, they think similarly to the way we think, and they’re in jail because of it. More who are like them have been threatened with arrest. A newspaper editor who has been an opponent of the government’s was arrested, and they cited his reprinting of quotes from the bloggers as one of his crimes.

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Chinese Government Wants to ‘Liberate’ People from Superstition… Should We Be Worried?

Reuters has a fascinating article about the efforts of Wang Zuoan, head of the State Administration of Religious Affairs, to weed out superstition in order to achieve and maintain state stability.

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Country Club Forced to Pay ‘Undisclosed Sum’ to Center For Inquiry After Breaking Contract for Richard Dawkins Event

Back in October of 2011, Richard Dawkins was scheduled to make an appearance at the Wyndgate Country Club in Rochester Hills, Michigan to promote his new-at-the-time book The Magic of Reality.

In April of 2011, CFI filed a lawsuit against the country club.

Yesterday, it was announced that CFI came out on top: [Read more…]

Egyptian Atheist Alber Saber Convicted and Sentenced to Three Years in Prison for Blasphemy

Egypt has struck a major blow to the fundamental human right to freedom of expression, and unjustly stripped an innocent man of his freedom, as Alber Saber, the 27-year-old atheist activist and blogger, was convicted today of blasphemy and sentenced to three years in prison. [Read more…]

What is the Greatest Obstacle to Faith?

The Ottawa Citizen runs a feature each week called “Ask the Religion Experts” in which representatives from religious backgrounds are invited to comment on general religion-related questions. They also ask an atheist to join in so that there’s at least one rational answer in the mix.

This week’s question: What is the greatest obstacle to faith? [Read more…]


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