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DC Council hears Humanist testimony supporting unrestricted wedding officiants

Committee also urged to consider broadening the act’s language to specifically mention the nonreligious.

International Ethical and Humanist Union representative Roy Brown has again spoken out at the United Nations Human Rights Council to remind Islamic States of their responsibility to uphold the right to freedom of expression.

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The International Humanist and Ethical Union has reminded the UN Human Rights Council of the need to protect the right to freedom of expression while taking steps to combat “hate speech”.

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Punishing apostates is a long-standing and fundamental feature of all major religions. Repudiating religion is deemed to be the worst of crimes. Maryam Namazie was at Birmingham University on 26 February speaking on apostasy and freedom of conscience for the Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society’s Reason Week. Here’s her speech!

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An appeals court ruled today that a Michigan mayor can censor nonreligious speech, while continuing to endorse a nativity scene in the city atrium.

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The government’s Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill for England and Wales has officially been introduced in the House of Commons by Culture Secretary Maria Miller. A full debate by MPs and a vote on the proposals will take place on 5 February.

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After a rush by Catholics in the Netherlands to resign from the Church, a priest, Harm Schilder, is putting up the names and photographs of parish members who are attempting to leave “as an encouragement for them to stay”.

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice banner is back up and will hang in the Wilkes-Barre Public Square for a few more days — provided that it is not vandalized again. The vandal is to be charged with disorderly conduct and criminal mischief.

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A thief or thieves in Warren, Mich., stole the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s Winter Solstice banner several days after it was put in place to counter a religious nativity scene on public property.

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A film crew with WNEP 16, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre caught the crime, committed by a young man who identified himself as Joe McDonald, who climbed about 30 feet up the sculpture, cut two wires holding one side of the banner, and placed an American flag.

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