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The IHEU highlighted the surge over the past year in ‘hate campaigns’ and incitement to violence against those with no religion coming from vigilante actors and political leaders themselves – including heads of state.

http://iheu.org/at-un-iheu-raises-issue-of-hate-campaigns-against-those-with-no-religion/
Based on the findings of its Freedom of Thought Report 2014, IHEU highlighted the surge over the past year in 'hate campaigns' and incitement to violence against those with no religion coming from vigilante actors and political leaders themselves – including heads of state.
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According to Jeremy England, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.

http://www.salon.com/2015/01/03/god_is_on_the_ropes_the_brilliant_new_science_that_has_creationists_and_the_christian_right_terrified/
A young MIT professor is finishing Darwin's task — and threatening to undo everything the wacky right holds dear
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Check out the Center for Inquiry's new Safe and Secular website, and score a couple of "Vaccinate" bumper stickers. You know you want one!

http://safeandsecular.org/
“California's current law allows two options for parents to opt out of vaccine requirements for school and daycare. … They must either make this decision with the aid of a health professional, or they can simply check a box claiming that they have religious objections to medical care.
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Britain’s UKIP party came out in support of passing legislation that would ban religious slaughter.  Why is this still a thing?

http://www.timesofisrael.com/british-party-supports-religious-slaughter-ban/
Jewish group accuses right-wing UKIP of using ‘weak science,’ calls the move ‘opportunistic’
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Just as extremists use God to justify terror, theist states use religion and religious law as a tool to silence political opponents, writes Michigan State political science professor Ani Sarkissian. 

https://richarddawkins.net/2015/01/why-some-states-use-religion-to-justify-violence/
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The next "Exploring Humanistic Perspectives in Literature" event is scheduled for Tuesday, January 27th at 7:00pm. The theme will be "The Doors of Perception" and will feature the works of William Blake, William James, John Godfrey Saxe, Sara Teasdale, and Rachel Carson.

Full details are available on our meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/omaha-humanists/

"If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, Infinite." - William Blake
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A prominent American blogger of Bangladeshi origin has been hacked to death with machetes by unidentified assailants in Dhaka, after he allegedly received threats from Islamists.

Hundreds of protesters rallied in Dhaka to denounce the murder, chanting slogans including “we want justice” and “raise your voice against militants”.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/feb/27/american-atheist-blogger-hacked-to-death-in-bangladesh
Protests in Dhaka after Avijit Roy, whose blog championed liberal secular writing in the Muslim-majority nation, was attacked along with his wife
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OMAHA's Secular Cinema series continues tomorrow, Sunday, February 8th at 3:00pm in the Embassy Park Apartments Clubhouse with Part 2 of the 4-part American Freethought series.
American Freethought is the most comprehensive and expensive film series ever made about the Golden Age of the freethought movement in America. Throughout the history of America, freethinkers fought for free speech, women's rights, separation of church and state, and above all - liberty!

The event is free and light refreshments will be available. Hope to see you there.

For more details, and to RSVP please visit OMAHA's meetup site:
http://www.meetup.com/omaha-humanists
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Former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams is among 28 religious leaders in England who have written to Schools Minister Nick Gibb arguing for the study of humanism to be included in religious studies.

http://www.bbc.com/news/education-31146799
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"The UN Human Rights Council says it is likely that the issue of insulting religions will be raised at the council's upcoming sessions in March, at the request of Saudi Arabia."

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-31047401
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"The pope has also made a series of missteps in the past few weeks that left many scratching their heads."

http://thehumanist.com/commentary/pope-francis-two-steps-forward-one-step-back
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The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) in solidarity with the campaign by Index on Censorship, PEN International, Reporters Without Borders, and other free speech advocates, is republishing a selected image from the magazine Charlie Hebdo. As the campaign states:
"We believe that only through solidarity – in showing that we truly defend all those who exercise their right to speak freely – can we defeat those who would use violence to silence free speech."

http://iheu.org/publish-and-be-damned/
We believe that only through solidarity – in showing that we truly defend all those who exercise their right to speak freely – can we defeat those who would use violence to silence free speech. We ask media organisations, individuals and everyone who supports free speech to join together in this ...
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The Omaha Metro Area Humanist Association (OMAHA) works to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life. We accomplish this through our outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview.

Humanism encompasses a variety of nontheistic views (atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, secularism, and so forth) while adding the important element of a comprehensive worldview and set of ethical values - values that are grounded in the philosophy of the Enlightenment, informed by scientific knowledge, and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now.

We count humanists and other nontheists as the core of our movement but are always willing to work with friends and allies on issues of common concern. The positions we hold and the actions we take are not simply for our own benefit, but for the betterment of all of society and the world in which we live.