Man reads ‘The God Delusion’, abandons faith & starts a Dawkins lab

Man reads ‘The God Delusion’, abandons faith & starts a Dawkins lab January 8, 2019

Overcoming religion and superstitious beliefs in Uganda is a daunting task, made all the more difficult by a steady influx of mostly American  evangelists spreading homophobia.

But Robert Magara, Executive Director at Kanungu Humanist Association who ditched his Christian faith after reading Professor Richard Dawkins’ The God Delusion, has been working hard to promote humanism and secularism in Kanungu.

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

This district of Uganda drew world attention to religious fanaticism when over 1,000 people members of a cult called the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God died in a fire started by cult leaders in church properties in 2000.

With funding coming mostly from  abroad, Magara and like-minded non-religious helpers, have built a primary school and women’s empowerment centres, and is now in the process of building a humanist secondary school, which will be home to the Richard Dawkins Science Laboratory.

Spearheading efforts to fund this initiative  at the cost of just over $3,000.00 is the US-based Brighter Brains Institute, which has worked closely with Magara and his colleagues on other projects to further the spread of humanism, especially among the young in a number of African countries. So far it has raised more than $1,200 and with your help it could well reach its goal this week.

Here’s the link to the fundraising page.

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  • barriejohn

    What a fantastic piece of news!

  • Broga

    For an accessible, readable and well informed alternative to the incredible, obscure and contradictory content of the bible “The God Delusion” would be an excellent inclusion in all libraries, school libraries and hotels who place bibles in bedrooms.

    I sent my religion obsessed relative a copy years ago when she was intent on “saving you for Jesus.” She declined to read more then a few pages and sent me in return the deceitful “The Dawkins Delusion”. “The God Delusion” is an effective and entertaining response to anyone who asks why you are an atheist.

  • barriejohn

    You can always donate copies to local libraries. The religiots do it with their vile propaganda all the time.

  • Broga

    We have a current problem in that the council have decided that they want the building which houses our small local library. It is central. They have offered a building a couple of miles away. We are raising money as they wont pay for the move. I suggested they could give us a few quid from the sums devoted to escorting the royals around the world or from the Queen’s £3 million extracted from taxes to spend on her palaces. I am not hopeful of the response. I do think we will get the money ourselves and keep the library alive.
    I will ensure that “The God Delusion” will be included in the new library.

  • kaydenpat

    Nice story. I’m sure it’s not easy to come out as an atheist in most African countries. Good for Magara.

  • CoastalMaineBird

    And yet depressing, when you consider that it’s newsworthy, not commonplace.
    Still, it’s a step…

  • Cali Ron

    Congratulations to him. It is difficult enough overcoming cultural and social resistance, they also have to combat the American evangelicals who are fighting to keep them deluged with religious propaganda and encouraging the Christians to persecute nonbelievers. America, helping to keep Arica uneducated and manipulated by others.

  • 1859

    This is great and encouraging news indeed. I just worry a little that they may idolise Dawkins and build a small shrine with his picture at the centre. I hope I’m being unduly stupid. The world has but one friend and enemy, and we will triumph only when we learn to conquer ourselves. Here in NZ the local libraries are an integral and well-funded part of the community – they are seen by everyone as a key cultural asset and are used by all. It is terrible to hear what is going on in austerity UK with library closures, food banks and Brexit. Holy shit the Tories should be executed publicly for what they have done and are still doing.

  • argyranthemum

    It takes a lot of courage to be the first.