New Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he will take action to support “religious freedom”. We need freedom of belief and conscience for all, not just the religious. To protect the rights of only one group, the religious, is to risk diminishing the rights of others; the non religious. For more see CAHS submission to the Government’s review into religious freedom here
ESSAYS AND OPINION
The IHEU’s 2018 Freedom of Thought Report has been released. It can be found here
One of the underlying messages of this report is that there are billions of people living in countries with compromised freedom of thought, expression and association. In particular there are untold millions of de facto humanists, atheists and otherwise religiously unaffiliated people living in countries where they face discrimination or outright persecution, both in society and at the hands of the state.
“The best ethical foundation from which to approach the problems of today’s world and the future of us all is to try to see humanity as one global community.” The foregoing is a quote from the Auckland Declaration against the politics of division, which as adopted at this years International and Humanist Union General Assembly. The Declaration offers a path to help us chart our way through today’s troubled time. More about the Declaration, and the General Assembly here
The “religion” question in the last Australian census was written in a way that implied Humanism is a subset of religion. Humanism is an alternative to religion, not a subset of it. A submission has been made to teh ABS asking for changes to the wording of the question - more here
The Australian Government's program to fund religious chaplains in schools is blatantly discriminatory; funding religious chaplains but offering no funding to the non religious. Funding for this program is due to be renewed soon. Its time to act to stop this program now. To sign a petition calling on the government to end this discriminatory program click here
The IHEU has launched the “Protect Humanists at Risk” crowdfunding campaign to raise funds
for its work on human rights issues, in particular persecution against non-religious people.Support the IHEU’s campaign to protect humanist at risk by donating through the campaign page
Former President of the Australian Human Rights Commission Gillian Triggs has been announced as the 2018 Australian Humanist of the Year. The award is testament to her consistent determination to promote human rights. She received her award at the post convention dinner of the 2018 Australian Humanist Convention. Media release here More about Gillian Triggs here
CAHS submission to the Government's review of freedom of religion argues that freedom of belief and conscience for everyone should be the goal. Read our submission here
Sunday November 25 - 3pm to 6pm. The speaker will be Bart Campolo who has spoken at various secular conventions and also worked as a Humanist Chaplain at two large universities in the USA. Bart won’t be there in person but we will enjoy his inspirational talks on YouTube, with Humanist House’s Wi-Fi connection. He is a dynamic speaker and will fill half the afternoon, and the other half will be the discussion it provokes.
Venue: Humanist House 10 Shepherd Street Chippendale Sydney
More info on HSNSW meetup page here: https://www.meetup.com/nswhumanists/events/sqnwgqyxpbhc/