Friday, October 20, 2017

Atheists in Kenya must be officially recognised

An atheist group in Kenya has been denied formal registration as a recognised association on the grounds that “The Registrar has reasonable cause to believe that the interests of...

Ice Shelf Bigger Than Manhattan Could Be About To Break From Antarctica

Photo credit: Nansen Ice Shelf and the crack, taken by Landsat 8 on December 16, 2015. USGS Antarctic scientists have documented ice shelves disintegrating from the southern continent at an unprecedente...

Death for “apostasy” must not stand! Free Ashraf Fayadh

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) joins around 60 human rights organisations internationally, protesting the death sentence handed down last week to Ashraf Fayadh in Saudi Arabia. Following an unfair trial during which he was denied access to a lawyer, Fayadh was variously accused of promoting atheism in his poetry, insulting the Prophet Muhammad, as well as “having [...]

IHEU appoints new Director of Advocacy

Elizabeth O’Casey has been appointed Director of Advocacy at the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). Chief Executive of the IHEU, Carl Blackburn, said, “International advocacy is a key area of work for IHEU. Elizabeth will be working to create a higher profile for humanists at international institutions and campaigning for progressive policy changes.” Elizabeth [...]

Freedom of Thought Report 2015

Today the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) is launching the Freedom of Thought Report 2015 at the European Parliament in Brussels, and around the world via freethoughtreport.com. The 2015 edition of the report documents how persecution of the non-religious has escalated in the past year. There has been a rise in extrajudicial violence, and in several states harsher [...]

Europe stands with Bangladeshi atheists at Solidarity Book Fair in The Hague

Secular bloggers who fled Bangladesh in fear for their lives, and two survivors of machete attacks, joined human rights organizations at the Bangladesh Solidarity Book Fair...

Candidate Without a Prayer, pg 151

“I observed that allowing only one point of view on campus reflected poorly on any academic institution. Had the administration at the College of Charleston objected to the religion professor speaking a my institution, I would have fought it and ...

$1bn Bank Heist Foiled By A Rather Hilarious Mistake

Photo credit: Hurst Photo/Shutterstock When there’s billions of dollars on the table and you’ve been snooping around the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank, make sure you...
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Monkey Takes Man’s GoPro And Goes On A Selfie Rampage

Photo credit: Trent Houdek/YouTube As a general rule, camera equipment and small monkeys don’t mix. Case in point: The footage shot at Wildlife World Zoo in Phoenix,...

Gene That Allowed Life To Evolve Beyond Bacterial Slime Identified

Photo credit: Creations/Shutterstock An ancestral gene coding for the synthesis of enzymes called kinases played a vital role in the evolution of all complex life...