A World Without Extremism is Possible

The recent mall siege in Kenya has again refocused the world’s attention on Muslim extremism and the need to fight it, says Imraan Buccus. Durban – The recent mall siege in Kenya that left close to 70 people dead has again refocused the world’s attention on Muslim extremism and the need to fight it. And […]

Meet the Man Who Has Been to Heaven 4 Times

After regular visits to heaven, Sibusiso is drawing a map. Soon everyone will know everything about heaven. Never forget, this knowledge originated in South Africa. MANDENI – Sibusiso Mthembu, a 64-year-old man from KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa tells it in all seriousness. And who knows, he may even be telling the truth about having visited heaven four times, so […]

Lounès Matoub

Rejecting God and Colonialism: Remembering Lounès Matoub, freethinker and African Heretic

Allahu akbar! God is the greatest! With these words, sung in a sarcastic tone to make his point, Kabyle singer Lounès Matoub showed his rejection of Islam as a colonial religion imposed by Arabs in North Africa, a religion to which the vast majority of the indigenous Amazigh population now adheres. He continued to sing in […]

With Apologies to My Gay Friends

Dear Gay Friend So Recently Traumatised By An Insensitive Law Opening Lines Permit me a couple of indulgences before I proceed. First, I use the term “gay” generically, mindful of the fact that this term is reserved specifically for that classifications of sexuality known as male homosexuality. However, throughout the course of this writing, allow me to […]

Sex in Ghana

The Sexual Shenanigans of Ghanaians, the Most Religious People in the World

 When you turn left out of my house, you will come across a Presbyterian Church, a Seventh Day Adventist, an Assemblies of God, Rama, and a Charismatic Evangelistic Ministry, all within 3-minutes. If you turn right and walk across the main road, you will get to a public school, which is distinguished by a large […]

Protest For A Secular Tunisia

Atheism in Tunisia: Diverse and Vibrant, Yet Still Taboo

The waiter, who had a remarkable number of piercings, put drops of flower water in our coffee before sprinkling some of the ambrosial-scented liquid on our hands as well. “My grandma used to do this for good luck and for its refreshing scent,’’ the waiter explained before he left. I was sitting in one of downtown Tunis’ […]

Ugandan Atheist

The Less Than 1%: How Uganda’s Atheists Are Fighting Back

In many countries around the world, religious groups are pushing for conservative social policies and retaining their grip on society by dominating the public discourse and provision of social services. In Uganda, an extraordinarily religious country, the small but vocal atheist movement is pushing back — hard. Although Ugandan law guarantees religious freedom, the reality is […]