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Manifesto for Secularism - Against the Religious Right

Secularism is vital for the defence of democracy, equality & human rights

London, UK - 14 October 2014

“The launch of the Manifesto for Secularism is a challenge to the global rise of the Religious Right and its menacing values, which threaten women, LGBTs, atheists, minority faiths, apostates and many others,” said human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. 

“Secularism - the separation of religion and the state - is a vital precondition for democracy, equality and human rights. It protects people of all faiths and none; creating a level playing field where no religion has legal privilege and no faith can abuse its influence to victimise people of different beliefs.

“Wherever religion has political power, human rights are attacked and restricted - as in Saudi Arabia and Iran. Even when religion has little or no formal political power, such as in the UK and US, the Religious Right has often sabotaged women’s reproductive rights and equality for LGBT people.

“Last weekend, 250 delegates gathered in London for the international secularism conference. Many of them were from developing countries and some of them were Muslims or ex-Muslims. Most delegates and speakers were women. Some had suffered state persecution or violent abuse in the name of religion. Examples of people murdered by theocratic states and religious fanatics were read out; followed by a minute’s silence.

“The conference went ahead despite threats made to the organisers and the conference hotel; as well as despite sustained cyber attacks which took down the conference website

“Delegates expressed strong support for the Kurdish people’s democratic, secular struggle against the clerical fascism of ISIS in Iraq and Syria, with many urging international aid to help the Kurds defend Kobane,” said Mr Tatchell, who attended and spoke at the conference and conveyed a message of support to the Kurdish solidarity rally in London on 11 October. 

The Manifesto and signatories can be accessed online: .The full text follows below. 

The Manifesto for Secularism: 

Our era is marked by the rise of the religious-Right – not because of a “religious revival” but rather due to the rise of far-Right political movements and states using religion for political supremacy. This rise is a direct consequence of neo-conservatism and neo-liberalism and the social policies of communalism and cultural relativism. Universalism, secularism and citizenship rights have been abandoned and segregation of societies and “communities” based on ethnicity, religion and culture have become the norm.
The Islamic State (formerly ISIS), the Saudi regime, Hindutva (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) in India, the Christian-Right in the US and Europe, Bodu Bala Sena in Sri Lanka, Haredim in Israel, AQMI and MUJAO in Mali, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the Taliban in Afghanistan and Pakistan to the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Islamic Salvation Front in Algeria are examples of this.
For many decades now, people in the Middle East, North Africa, South Asia and the Diaspora have been the first victims but also on the frontlines of resistance against the religious-Right (whether religious states, organisations and movements) and in defence of secularism and universal rights, often at great risk to their lives.
We call on people everywhere to stand with us to establish an international front against the religious-Right and for secularism. We demand:

  1. Complete separation of religion from the state. Secularism is a fundamental right.
  2. Separation of religion from public policy, including the educational system, health care and scientific research.
  3. Abolition of religious laws in the family, civil and criminal codes. An end to discrimination against and persecution of LGBT, religious minorities, women, freethinkers, ex-Muslims and others.
  4. Freedom of religion and atheism and freedom to criticise religions. Belief as a private affair.
  5. Equality between women and men and citizenship rights for all.

1.   Aliyah Saleem, Secular education campaigner

2.   Amel Grami, Professor, Tunisian University of Manouba

3.   Bahram Soroush, Social and political analyst

4.   Ben Baz Aziz, Presenter at Arab Atheist broadcasting

5.   A. C. Grayling, Philosopher

6.   Caroline Fourest, French writer and editor

7.   Chris Moos, LSESU Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society

8.   Chulani Kodikara, International Centre for Ethnic Studies, Sri Lanka

9.   Elham Manea, Yemeni writer and human rights activist

10.   Faizun Zackariya, Citizens for Justice, Sri Lanka

11.   Fariborz Pooya, Host of Bread and Roses TV

12.   Fatou Sow, International Director of Women Living Under Muslim Laws

13.   Gita Sahgal, Director of Centre for Secular Space

14.   Hamid Taqvaee, Secretary, Central Committee of the Worker-Communist Party of Iran

15.   Horia Mosadiq, Human rights and women’s rights activist from Afghanistan

16.   Imad Iddine Habib, Founder of Council of Ex-Muslims of Morocco

17.   Inna Shevchenko, Leader of FEMEN

18.   Julie Bindel, Emma Humphreys Memorial Prize and Justice for Women

19.   Kate Smurthwaite, Comedian and activist

20.   Kiran Opal, Writer, LGBTQ & human rights campaigner, Co-founder Ex-Muslims of 
        North America

21.   Lila Ghobady, Iranian writer-journalist and documentary filmmaker

22.   Magdulien Abaida, Libyan activist and President of Hakki (My Right) Organisation for
        Women Rights

23.   Marieme Helie Lucas, Algerian activist, founder of Secularism is a Woman’s Issue

24.   Maryam Namazie, Iranian spokesperson for One Law for All, Council of Ex-Muslims of 
        Britain and Fitnah

25.   Nadia El Fani, Tunisian filmmaker

26.   Nahla Mahmoud, Spokesperson of Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain

27.   Nina Sankari, Vice-President of the Atheist Coalition, Poland

28.   Nira Yuval-Davis, a founder member of Women Against Fundamentalism and the 
        International Research Network on Women in Militarized Conflict Zones

29.   Pervez Hoodbhoy, Pakistani Nuclear Physicist and Social Activist

30.   Peter Tatchell, Director of Peter Tatchell Foundation

31.   Pragna Patel, Director of Southall Black Sisters

32.   Ramin Forghani, Founder of Ex-Muslims of Scotland

33.   Rumy Hassan, Senior Lecturer at University of Sussex and author

34.   Sameena Zehra, comedian and blues singer

35.   Sanal Edamaruku, President of Rationalist International

36.   Soad Baba Aissa, Founder of the Association for Mixing, Equality and Secularism

37.   Sue Cox, Founder of Survivors Voice Europe

38.   Sultana Kamal, Lawyer, human rights activist and Executive Director of Ain o Salish 
        Kendra in Bangladesh

39.   Taslima Nasrin, Bangladeshi writer and activist

40.   Terry Sanderson, President of the National Secular Society

41.   Yasmin Rehman, Women’s rights activist

Further information: 

Peter Tatchell
Director, Peter Tatchell Foundation
0207 403 1790


Nothing to do with Eurovision - but this song HAPPY is well worth watching
and tapping your feet to. You will recognise it. Click on the picture of Pharrell Williams below

If you put HAPPY into youtube it will come up with scores of people from all over the world with their own videos of this song and their own dancing to it,  and there are tons to choose from and many really well done. It seems millions have accepted and love this song and it seems to be the song of 2014 already.



Eighty-eight thousand deaths a year?
One in 10 people in America die from alcohol abuse each year.




US Secretary of State, John Kerry representing a country which makes Genghis Khan look like a wimp when it comes to illegal invasions, still retains the prize for jaw dropper of the decade:

"You just don't, in the 21st century, behave in 19th century fashion by invading another country on completely trumped up pretext", he pontificated on CBS' "Face the Nation." 

It really is enough to take your breath away,- the gall of this idiot.  Does he assume we are all idiots ?



President Obama spoke in Brussels on Wednesday on the Russia-Ukraine situation. At one point, in seeking to shame Russia for its actions, Mr. Obama actually went so far as to try and legitimize America's catastrophic actions in Iraq, so as not to appear hypocritical in his comments. His words:

"Moreover, Russia has pointed to America's decision to go into Iraq as an example of Western hypocrisy… But even in Iraq, America sought to work within the international system. We did not claim or annex Iraq's territory. We did not grab its resources for our own gain. Instead, we ended our war and left Iraq to its people and a fully sovereign Iraqi state that could make decisions about its own future."

Facts: America ran roughshod over the international community to get that war going. If an invasion and ten-year occupation isn't annexation, then nothing is. Companies like Halliburton/KBR absolutely grabbed Iraq's resources, because their oil was supposed to "pay for the war," and there were gas lines in Iraq for years after the invasion, because those companies sat on that oil like it was their own private piggy bank… which it was, as it turns out. And as for the state we left Iraq in, thousands upon thousands of people have been killed in the sectarian strife left in our wake. They aren't making decisions about their future. They're running for their lives.

That this president dared to attempt to paper over the horrific smash-and-grab war crime that was America's invasion of Iraq is not merely disgusting; it is dangerous in the extreme, because we are doomed to repeat what we allow ourselves to forget.


How to Live with No Regrets

Living a life free of regrets involves letting go. It involves letting go of the would-have, should-have, could-have mentality. Dwelling on how you could have lived differently is detrimental to your spirit. Sometimes we do the best we can with the knowledge we have at the time. Frequently the wrong choices bring us to the right places. Make the choice now to forgive yourself, as the world needs the best of you. You cannot give your best when you dwell on past hurts or perceived mistakes…




The following BOURNEBATERS poll is now closed. Here are the
final results:



- YES, 19 votes, 41.30%
- NO, 14 votes, 30.43%
- INDIFFERENCE TO SEX, 1 votes, 2.17%

For more information about this group, please visit




'We have all been in abusive relationships, and sometimes we were the one being abused.'

Marianne Williams










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