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350x[1]Denmark Bans Religious Slaughter

Denmark’s Agriculture and Food Minister Dan Jørgensen has signed into law a regulation that bans religious slaughter of animals. European Union regulations require stunning before slaughter, but permit member states to allow exemptions for religious slaughter. Under the new law, Danish slaughterhouses will no longer be able to apply for an exemption to pre-stunning. [Read more]

Secular or Bust

Before Pierre Gassendi gave Epicureanism a new life in the 17th century, the teachings of Epicurus had been relentlessly misinterpreted – and hence shunned – for nearly two millennia. Epicureanism had been misapprehended as atheism and propagated as such. [Read more]

350x[1]French Islamists Seek to Use Blasphemy Law to Silence Critics

French Islamists are suing the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo for blasphemy after it published a front cover carrying the slogan “The Koran is crap, it doesn’t stop bullets”. [Read more]

Australia shows the way in removing evangelists from schools

Last year the National Secular Society published a report about the incursion of dubious and extreme religious groups into schools. We made the point that some of these groups are not really concerned with giving a rounded education about religion, but are more interested proselytising and seeking converts for their own brand of Christianity. [Read more]

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How to Be More Skeptical – Steps to Improve Your Skeptical Thinking

Improving Your Skeptical Thinking Requires Practice & Patience [Read more]

Are Godlessness & Secularism a Threat to Religious Liberty? Protecting Religion

A common complaint made about secularism is that it is contrary to religious liberty. At best this is a misunderstanding about secularism because a failure to endorse or promote any one religion should not negatively affect the religious liberties of individuals. On the contrary, the creation of spaces where religion is not endorsed or even required can, for many reasons, enhance religious liberty for everyone because it puts everyone one the same footing. [Read more]

How Should Atheists Respond When Others Ask for Prayers, Miracles?

Religious Theists May Ask Atheists for their Prayers for a Miracle [Read more]