Humanism

Brave Gay Activist in Qatar Protests 2022 World Cup

Qatari police put an end to a one-person protest staged by British human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell outside of the Gulf state's national museum ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, which will be held on November 20.

Mr. Tatchell, director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, stood outside the National Museum of Qatar for just over half an hour wearing a T-Shirt with the words "#QatarAntiGay" inscribed. He was also seen holding a placard reading "Qatar arrests, jails, and subjects LGBTs to conversion" with the same hashtag below.

Indian Police Flog Muslims in Public, Condemned by Amnesty International

On October 4, plainclothes police officers in Gujarat, India, publicly flogged nine Muslim men in front of a cheering crowd. Video of the flogging went viral catching the attention of human rights groups.

New Survey: 70% of Young Scottish Adults have No Religion

A study sponsored by the Humanist Society of Scotland revealed many Scots are departing from religion and religious identity. The study showed a stark difference compared to a similar survey in 2011. The survey conducted by YouGov, an international research data and analytics group, asked more than 1002 adults about their religious preferences.

Sikh Sacrilege; Man Beaten to Death for Attempting to Steal Holy Sword

By Abdulla Gaafarelkhalifa

On Saturday, December 18, 2021, a man was beaten to death after attempting to steal a ceremonial sword that is kept next to the Guru Granth Sahib, Sikhism's holy book, during prayers inside the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India. The event was caught on camera in the video below.

Atheist Author Greg Epstein Elected as the Chief Chaplain of Harvard Uni...

One of the special interests listed in the profile of Harvard’s new Chief Chaplain is “meaning and purpose beyond religion.” A very striking deviation from the century-old tradition of religious guidance usually expected of a chaplain. 400-years in the making, Harvard, an institution whose original mission was to educate religious ministers, has elected its first openly atheist chapel minister.

Mubarak Bala, Imprisoned Nigerian Atheist, Faces New Charges

On August 3, the High Court of Kano State in Nigeria formally charged Mubarak Bala, an atheist and president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, for causing a public disturbance. The High Court's charges, which come as a highly delayed action, revolves around Bala's Facebook posts which spanned over 2020. The public disturbance charges fall under Kano State Penal Code's sections 114 and 210. 

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