Humanist Groups Educate Congress about International Religious Freedom

Jun 13, 2015

by American Humanist Association

On June 9, the American Humanist Association, with the Center for Inquiry and the Secular Coalition for America, will be hosting congressional briefings to educate legislators about the state of international religious freedom. The briefings come in the wake of the deaths of humanist Bangladeshi bloggers, who were brutally murdered by religious extremists.

“Humanists, atheists and religious minorities should not have to live in fear for their lives simply because their convictions differ from the majority in their country,” said Roy Speckhardt, executive director of the American Humanist Association. “We call upon our legislators to globally promote the freedom of speech and condemn persecution and intolerance.”

The briefings will draw attention to the threat to the human rights of atheists, humanists and other religious groups around the world. In addition to the three Bangladeshi bloggers murdered just this past year for their atheism, religious minority groups such as Ahmadiyya Muslims in Pakistan, Christians in Syria, and Jews in France also face serious persecution.


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18 comments on “Humanist Groups Educate Congress about International Religious Freedom

  • 5
    aroundtown says:

    Two points to make here. The first is the penchant of people forgetting that the institution they are dealing with no longer operates in accordance with the principles that elected officials were suppose to uphold – the government runs largely by arm twisting and lobbyist money, and maybe it always has, so common sense pleas are not going to gain a lot of traction here. If your going to make inroads here you had better have deep pockets or something they see as valuable to themselves.

    Secondly the idea that religion needs religious freedom laws to protect them is laughable, they have sat with the reins of power for far too long and it is only now, as that perceived power might be diminished, that they balk and start whining about persecution. They were fine and dandy with their persecution and general free pass to do as they wished but now that the tables are turning they cry foul. Just pathetic really as concerns both points.



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  • Now that the tables are turned for the CC in the modern world it’s strange how eating meat on Fri. is no longer a sin. You can do a personal and at home confession straight to the ear of God without a priest, you no longer have to wear a hat in church if you are a woman or take yours off if you are a man. They voted in a down-right liberal Pope who throws us a global warming bone! There are many more tinsy-tiny concessions the Church has made to lure us back in but I’m not fooled as they still have the third world to bully!



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    ad nauseam says:

    the idea that religion needs religious freedom laws to protect them is laughable

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure “religion” doesn’t need religious freedom laws either…I’ve never met religion, but maybe they can protect themselves…I don’t know…

    However, religious and non-religious “people” probably need those laws…



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    ad nauseam says:

    Well, I hope everyone feels warm and fuzzy after this meeting or whatever it’s called…and I’m sure everyone will agree on the “evils” of minority persecution…but it is probably just another circle jerk for western society.

    It feels really good…but nothing really comes of it (no pun intended).

    If the west really wanted to “save” all of those poor suppressed people and not have to go back and keep fixing the problem…how about they go in and force western law and culture on the country (it is the best way to live right?). After a couple of generations of twitter, led zeppelin and x rated movies they won’t care what we did to their grandparents’ culture (and they’ll be better off anyway right?). Also, if you restructure the educational system to indoctrinate the children early enough with western philosophy (human rights, Geneva convention, freedom) they might forget the takeover sooner.

    I just think…you know…either do something that really fixes the problem or…admit you don’t care enough to really fix their problems and stop complaining.



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  • I listened to a lecture by Sam Harris last night. He was giving figured for BRITISH Muslims about the percentages who wanted Sharia, death to apostates, death to insulters of Islam etc. The numbers were what I would have expected from a place like Yemen.

    I think we should put a bit more effort into explaining to Muslim immigrants that, if they want to come, a fair bit of their culture will have to be left behind.



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  • Roedy
    Jun 14, 2015 at 10:54 pm

    I think we should put a bit more effort into explaining to Muslim immigrants that, if they want to come, a fair bit of their culture will have to be left behind.

    There is a basic start on this here:-

    https://www.gov.uk/life-in-the-uk-test/book-life-in-uk-test
    You’ll be tested on information in the official handbook for the Life in the UK Test – you should study this book to prepare for the test.

    You’ll have 45 minutes to answer 24 questions about British traditions and customs.



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  • I listened to a lecture by Sam Harris last night. He was giving figured for BRITISH Muslims about the percentages who wanted Sharia, death to apostates, death to insulters of Islam etc. The numbers were what I would have expected from a place like Yemen.
    I think we should put a bit more effort into explaining to Muslim immigrants that, if they want to come, a fair bit of their culture will have to be left behind.

    The vast majority of British Muslims aren’t immigrants. “Their” culture is “our” culture.



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  • Ewan
    Jun 16, 2015 at 1:48 am

    The vast majority of British Muslims aren’t immigrants. “Their” culture is “our” culture.

    Er no! It was becoming ghetto culture in some places.
    That is why the tests and training were introduced!



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