Religious Fanatics Blamed for Nigeria’s Draconian Anti-Gay Bill

NIGERIA has passed a bill that bans gay marriage, outlaws organisations supporting gay rights and sets prison terms of up to 14 years for offenders. Principal architects of this draconian and fundamentally stupid piece of legislation are religious fanatics, foremost among them being the ghastly Anglican Archbishop Peter Akinola. As far back as 2006, human rights campaigner […]

Islamists Press Blasphemy Cases in a New Egypt

DEIR EL GABRAWI, Egypt — Egypt’s prosecutors have been flooded with blasphemy complaints since 2011 as Islamists exercising their new societal clout have pushed for prosecutions and courts have handed down steep fines and prison terms for insulting religion. This month alone, a Christian teacher in Luxor was fined $14,000 for insulting the Prophet Muhammad […]

Secularism and Diversity in Sudan

While speaking with reporters in Addis Ababa during the 50th Anniversary of the African Union, Secretary of State John Kerry said this about the ongoing conflict in Sudan’s Southern Kordofan and Blue Nile states: “In South Kordofan and Blue Nile you have people who for a long time have felt that they want their secular governance […]

I Will Not Pray For Nelson Mandela

Atheism in a time of dying… Or, public relations and the life of an icon.  By Cornelius Antonie. Former president of South Africa and recipient of the Nobel peace award, Nelson Mandela, is spending time in hospital again.  At 94, every time he enters a health care facility there is sheer panic that it may […]

Islamic Faith on the Decline in Sudan

KHARTOUM- The Islamic Centre for Preaching and Comparative Studies chairman, Ammar Saleh, warned the Muslim community of the North East African country that both Christianity and Atheism are making steady gains in popularity. Additionally, Saleh conceded that interest in the conversion to Islam was nearly non-existent, saying anyone who believes there’s growth in Sudan’s Islamic […]