AAI condemns Ghanian Government’s Attack on Its Gay Citizens

It has been reported that Ghana’s Western Regional Minister has ordered all gays to be arrested and called on other Ghanians to “inform” on suspected homosexuals.

This disgusting action is just one more example of the danger and discrimination faced by same-sex oriented people in some countries, with such attitudes commonly perpetuated by religious groups (in this case Christians and Muslims).  Atheist Alliance International supports full equality for same-sex oriented people – there is no rational basis for discriminating against people simply on the basis of their sexual orientation, just as there is no basis for discriminating against people simply on the basis of their gender, race, ethnicity or other physical characteristics.  

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SHADES OF SCIENCE: Kenya’s Superstitious Dilemma

Kenya is not a unique country in Africa. We all share in the colonial histories that the European civilization embedded on our orientation, thereby changing reality through industrialization. Kenya, like many other nations in the world, had resisted subjugation by its colonizers, the British. However, the colonialists’ need for emancipating us from the traditional dark past resulted to establishment of protectorates, concentration camps and ultimately, a settler population. They brought the constitution, introduced a social contract and made morality a key debate in any leadership. Even now, Kenya still uses its colonial constitution, which was planned in Lanchester House (Britain) decades before independence.

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British Government Denies Charitable Status for Daring to Criticize Religion

The British Charity Commission denied the Council of ex-Muslims, an AAI affiliate, charity status this week.

In its refusal letter the Charity Commission stated: “Under English law the advancement of religion is a recognised charitable purpose and charities are afforded certain fiscal privileges by the state. The prohibition of any such financial privilege as called for in the demand made in [your] Manifesto would require a change in law. Similarly a separation of religion from the state and legal and education system would appear to require both constitutional reform and change to the law.”

CeMB chair Maryam Namazie responds to this denial here.

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