The Ongoing Battle for Women’s Rights: A Chronicle of Resistance Against Mandatory Hijab in Iran
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by Sina Nasiri
1w ago
Since March 8, 1979, Iran has been a battleground against the enforced wearing of the hijab. However, the recent uprising sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in opposition to mandatory hijab laws signifies a significant shift. This generation of Iranian women and girls has shattered the taboo surrounding Islamic hijab, marking the beginning of a larger and more challenging battle. This battle aims not only to reclaim all civil rights and freedoms lost since the 1979 revolution but also to dismantle the misogynistic ideology entrenched in Iran’s governance, along with its supporting laws and r ..read more
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Atheist Day 2024 webinar
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by AAI
3w ago
Join our Atheist Day webinar on March 23, 2024 as we commemorate three decades of progress while addressing future challenges. For centuries, generations of atheists and secularists have advocated for reason and secular values, achieving significant milestones worldwide. However, discrimination and the encroachment of religious ideologies persist. In this webinar, you will meet a few of the best atheist activists of our time, reflect on the successes of the last 30 years, and discuss strategies to navigate contemporary secularism. This event offers insights from seasoned activists, fostering ..read more
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Our 2022 – 2023 Annual Report
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by AAI
3M ago
How have we helped atheists for the past year? Read our Annual Report online or download. Click below to view. 2022/23 AAI Annual report The post Our 2022 – 2023 Annual Report appeared first on Atheist Alliance International ..read more
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Divine Tragedy
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by Roger Chao
4M ago
In an age of times unrecorded, unthinkably remote and arcane, A conclave of gods indescribable, adrift in a cosmic domain. Non-physical, non-temporal, in eternal ennui they mire, Godlike yet flawed, a celestial middle management’s choir. In a realm devoid of matter, where existence was but a jest, They’d languish, ponder, dally, trapped in this celestial quest. Yet amidst the silence of the cosmos, where no sound dared to creep, Stirred a god of senior standing, rousing his brethren from sleep. “Wake,” he bade, “from your lethargy, let us conquer this celestial blight, In place of the nothing ..read more
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The Significance of Articles 18 and 19 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by AAI
4M ago
10 December 2023 marks the 75th anniversary of one of the world’s most groundbreaking global pledges: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). This landmark document enshrines the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being – regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. The Declaration was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris on 10 December 1948 and sets out, for the first time, fundamental human rights to be universally protected. Among its cruci ..read more
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2023-24 AAI Board Directors
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by AAI
4M ago
AAI Board Elections 2023 Ten directors have been elected to the Atheist Alliance International Board by AAI affiliate Members. Mr. Amardeo Sharma, former president of the European Council of Skeptical Organisations, served as the returning officer for the election. The newly elected directors are as follows: August Berkshire (USA), Fotis Frangopoulos (Greece), Hugo Daniel Estrella Tampieri (Argentina/Italy), Avi-Yona Israel (USA), Jason Sylvester (Canada), Ebuka Ikeorah (Nigeria), Tonoy Emroz Alam (Germany/Bangladesh), Stella Thomas (Australia), Alfonso Ugarte Johnson (Bolivia), and Brian Ker ..read more
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Atheists disturbed over religious discrimination by NSW Government (Australia)
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by AAI World News
5M ago
A Press Release by our affiliate, the Atheist Foundation of Australia: The NSW government has rejected the nomination of Sydney Atheists President, Steve Marton, to sit on its newly devised Faith Affairs Council.  According to the most recent Census, one third of the NSW population is non-religious.  But the views of this large contingent will not be sought on future policy development for issues such as religious discrimination, zoning for places of worship, funding for chaplaincy, euthanasia and voluntary assisted dying. Mr Marton said “This is a very disappointing start to what s ..read more
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Video Summaries of Religious History
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by Jason Sylvester
5M ago
Jason Sylvester, host of the AAI Podcast, has a YouTube channel dedicated to the history of religion. Based on writings for a book, in progress, on how the world became secular, each video tackles a separate topic on the road to the modern world and some of the obstacles on the journey. There are currently 5 different topical series: 1) Vatican Lies (examining the myths & forgeries created by the Catholic Church in their quest for primacy & dominance)  The Myth of Peter as  1st Bishop of Rome Myths/Forgeries &  Reinvented Catholic History: Popes Leo to Gregory the ..read more
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August Berkshire in Response to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s ‘Conversion’
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by August Berkshire
5M ago
As you have probably heard by now, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, former Muslim, former atheist, is now calling herself a Christian. Her critique of radical Islam is accurate. She was brutalized when she was young by Islam (female genital mutilation, among other things). Then, for over ten years in America, she has had to live with the fear of being killed by Muslim extremists. She even had to have bodyguards. This takes an emotional toll on a person. So she turned to atheism, which she found philosophically justifiable, but it evidently did not give her the emotional support she was looking for. She doesn ..read more
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Unveiling Injustice and Repression in the Islamic Republic: The Case of Armita
Atheist Alliance International Blog
by Sina Nasiri
5M ago
Armita Geravand, born on April 2, 2006, and tragically passing away on October 28, 2023, was an Iranian girl who found herself hospitalized on October 1, 2023, following an incident within the Tehran subway system. Sadly, she was knocked unconscious and sent to the Army University of Medical Sciences’ Fajr Hospital for admission. Then, following a horrifying twenty-eight days, she entered a coma and passed away from the hit. Armita Geravand was a student in the eleventh grade at the time, attending a conservatory in Tehran. The precise circumstances of her ordeal on the train, often known as ..read more
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