An appeal to stop witch hunting in Nigeria

By Leo Igwe
 
I am using this medium to ask you to contact ACP Bunmi Osoko (TEL NO. 08033004406) Officer in-charge State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department, Cross River State police headquarters (Nigeria) and urge him to investig…

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Secular Groups Urge Repeal of Greek Blasphemy Law

More than fifty secular organizations, Atheist Alliance International being one of them, signed a letter to the Secretary-General for Transparency and Human Rights at the Ministry of Justice in Greece. Read more on the IHEU website: It is past time to abolish “blasphemy” law
 

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Atheist Alliance Condemns Boko Haram Massacre

Press release

Beginning on Saturday, January 3, 2015, Boko Haram engaged in a series of violent attacks after occupying a key military base. In what Amnesty International has declared “possibly [the] deadliest [massacre] in Boko Haram’s history,” the terrorist organization razed the fishing village and surrounding areas of Baga, Borno, slaughtering as many as 2000 of its inhabitants. On Saturday, January 10, 2015, a further attack on a market in the city of Maiduguri injured 18 people and killed twenty, among them the 10-year-old girl to whom the fatal bomb was strapped. The sordid history of this terrorist organization includes other crimes against humanity, including the enslavement and sacrifice of children. In April of 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped nearly 300 schoolgirls in Chibok, 219 of whom remain missing.

Atheist Alliance International joins the international community in mourning the loss of these innocent lives, and expresses our heartfelt condolences to their survivors. AAI will hold a special edition of its magazine, Secular World, in memory of the newest victims of radical Islam, to help raise awareness of the dangerous and violent expansionism of terrorist groups like Boko Haram.

“These cowardly acts are dastardly deeds, crimes against humanity perpetrated by barbaric monsters whose pernicious ideology is driven by a mandate to enact violence on all who disagree with them and to expand their ‘Caliphate’ by any means possible. Violent ideologies like those held by Boko Haram have no place in civilized society, and Atheist Alliance International harshly condemns their acts,” said AAI President Christine Shellska.

“Violence is a cowardly means to assert an ideology that fails under rational scrutiny,” says Shellska. “We must adamantly strive to stop the ongoing expansion of radical Islamist groups and the religious-based acts of violence that inform their strategy, not by retaliating with violence, but by continuing to challenge and confront dangerous and harmful religious and superstitious beliefs with reason, advocacy and education.”

About AAI

Atheist Alliance International (AAI) is a global alliance of atheist/freethought groups and individuals, committed to educating its members and the public about atheism, secularism and related issues.

Atheist Alliance International’s vision is a secular world where public policy, scientific inquiry and education are not influenced by religious beliefs, but based upon sound reasoning, rationality and evidence.  Atheist Alliance International’s mission is to challenge and confront religious faith, to strengthen global atheism by promoting the growth and interaction of atheist/freethought organisations around the world and to undertake international educational and advocacy projects.

For more information, please contact Christine M. Shellska, President, Atheist Alliance International, at pr[email protected], or visit our website at www.atheistalliance.org.

 

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Atheist Alliance International Condemns Brutal Attack in France

In light of the recent terrorist attack in which twelve French journalists were executed by a group of religious  zealots, Atheist Alliance International (AAI) wishes to express its sincere and heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased journalists and staff at Charlie Hébdo.

“These types of attacks are the most extreme expression of the global anti-blasphemy movement. They are trying to suppress criticism of religion by any means necessary,” said AAI president Christine Shellska. “Since they weren’t able to suppress the editorial staff at Charlie Hébdo’s right to free speech via legal harassment, they instead used violence.”

AAI will hold a special edition of its magazine, Secular World, in memory of the newest victims of Islam and to help raise awareness of the dangerous trend that seeks to suppress criticism of Islam by legal (or violent) means in the whole world.

“AAI will keep working against the current line of blasphemy laws that are promoted by different groups around the world that try to use the legal system to silence secular citizens, as is the case in most of the developing world”.

AAI stands in solidarity with Charlie  Hébdo,  and more  broadly,  with  cartoonists, satirists, comedians, journalists and others who endorse freedom of expression – heroes who identify social injustices, uphold human rights via the power of words, and speak truth to power via their art. In the spirit of upholding thebasic human right to freedom of speech, AAI wishes to endorse the Center for Inquiry’s (CFI) initiative to publish one of the images, and invites you to visit their page to view it. Further, the Huffington Post has also published some heartbreaking responses from cartoonists, and we encourage you to  view them here.

“Paraphrasing the words that the French people have taken as their banner,” says Shellska, “let me say, ‘We all are Charlie Hébdo’ ”.

About AAI

Atheist  Alliance  International  (AAI)  is  a  global  alliance  of  atheist/freethought  groups  and  individuals,committed to educating its members and the public about atheism, secularism and related issues.

Atheist  Alliance  International’s  vision  is  a  secular  world  where  public  policy,  scientific  inquiry  and education  are  not  influenced  by  religious  beliefs,  but  based  upon  sound  reasoning,  rationality  and evidence.  Atheist Alliance International’s mission is to challenge and confront religious faith, to strengthen global atheism by promoting the growth and interaction of atheist/freethought organisations around the world and to undertake international educational and advocacy projects.

For  more  information,  please  contact  Christine  Shellska,  President,  Atheist  Alliance  International,  at [email protected], or visit our website at www.atheistalliance.org.

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