Christopher Hitchens Library to open at Ugandan humanist school

Christopher Hitchens Library to open at Ugandan humanist school January 17, 2019

FOLLOWING our report earlier this month that a newly-built humanist secondary school in Uganda would be naming its science laboratory after Professor Richard Dawkins comes news that it now plans on opening a Christopher Hitchens Freethinker Library.

Senior One student Esther Ainembabazi holding the library sign. Image via Brighter Brains Institute.

According to a fundraiser run by the US-based Brighter Brains Institute, just $300 is needed to complete the project.

It says that the library will be one of the most important buildings at the newly-constructed Brighter Brains Humanist Secondary School in Kanungu, Uganda, and will provide the students there with a rational, secular humanist education.

The decision to name the library after Hitchens, a a formidable opponent of religious fanaticism who died of of cancer in 2011 was the idea of Robert Magara, Executive Director at Kanungu Humanist Association. Hitchens authored the best-selling God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything and did a comprehensive hatchet job on Mother Teresa, calling her “a fanatic, a fundamentalist and a fraud.”

Magara was inspired to name the laboratory after Dawkins after reading the professor’s highly-acclaimed The God Delusion, which prompted him to ditch his religious beliefs. Ever since he been working hard to promote humanism and secularism  – especially among school children – in the Kanungu district.

Robert Magara, inset, and young Ugandans who are getting a godless education in Uganda. Images via Facebook.

You can help Magara reach his goal by clicking on this link.

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