Press Releases

  • We, a coalition of secular, humanist, and atheist organizations in the Philippines, stand against the Magna Carta of Religious Freedom in its current form. We feel that the authors' intentions are biased, unfair, and violating the very purpose of the proposed bill.

    The primary author, Eddie Villanueva is a known religious leader who now holds political power in the Philippine Congress. After many years of propagating his church in a business-branching-like model, stood against the SOGIE bill and argued that “To craft a preferential law against the rights of all other sectors of the society for just one particular sector, to me this is unfair, this is class legislation…” in an interview last 2019 has now proposed a bill that will give preferential treatment in favor of religious organizations, corporations, and associations. We have nothing against religious lawmakers if they uphold their sworn oath to serve the entire nation, including those who do not have the same beliefs as theirs.

    On the explanatory note of the bill, we are also deeply concerned that the authors completely disregarded the contribution of secular people to the abolitionist movement. In contrast, slavery is justified for the longest time in some biblical passages. During the Martial Law era, though we cannot discount the participation of some religious societies, it was secular organizations that constantly abhorred the injustices, namely, the civil society.

  • Blasphemy Laws Hurt Another Person—Support Free Speech on August 17th!!!

    Vancouver, British Columbia Soheil Arabi was arrested six years ago by Iranian authorities for criticizing the prophet Muhammad. He was sentenced to death, and then his sentence was reduced to seven and a half years. Since then has been tortured regularly and was severely injured on April 29, 2019. His life is now in danger. Reports indicate that he is suffering from testicular swelling due to torture. His nose has been fractured, and it's difficult for him to breathe. He is also in experiencing problems with his heart. Atheist Republic has been informed that a few days ago Soheil's mother, Farangis Mazlum, was also arrested.

    People are rallying in cities all over the world to free Soheil and to protest blasphemy laws. Join the Atheist Republic in front of the Iranian Embassy in your city between 6-8 pm on August 17, 2019.