Opinions and columns of our community members
Turkey: Elections don’t win from the balcony
3 mn read I want your slavery and I don’t want you Illegal Immigrants or stateless workers? In the cycles of the crisis of the capitalist system, questions and rhetoric of social change appear, as well as, right-wing candidacies and infections also swell in the body of crisis societies, especially those that are accustomed to obtaining self-evident privileges […]
The Complex Relationship between the Church and African States: Balancing Political Power, Human Rights, and Secularism
4 mn read The relationship between the church and African states has a long and complex history that dates back to the colonial era. During this time, European powers used Christianity as a tool of colonization, with missionaries playing a key role in spreading Christianity and Western values throughout Africa. The church was often complicit in the oppression and exploitation of Africans by colonial powers, with many missionaries promoting the idea of European superiority over Africans.
Irrevocably Evil: Why Iranian society is secularizing itself from within
8 mn read It was the third day of protests in response to Mahsa Amini’s murder by Iranian police. Reading social media posts of that time, you could see that many activists are exciting people to join the nationwide protests. But as an atheist, what attracted my attention was the fact that some of them are explicitly suggesting […]
Personal stories of freethinkers
Elijah fled from Uganda after being persecuted, persecuted as an LGBTQ activist, leaving his two children behind.
7 mn read As an LGBTQ activist in Uganda, Elijah has been tortured and sexually abused by the police, persecuted bij family members. His shop and house have been set on fire and he had to flee the country leaving his adorable children behind. He is in a Rwandan hospital now, where he can not leave if he doesn t pay the bills. Elijah wishes to embrace once again his two little children. He needs your help to get the medications he needs and safely return to his home.
My Journey as an Ex-Muslim and LGBTQ+ Activist
5 mn read My name is Dolly, and I am an ex-Muslim and a lesbian activist. I had to leave my home country, Egypt, to seek asylum in Tbilisi because my life was in danger. I was outed as a lesbian, and not only was I threatened by Islamists, but my Salafist family also posed a risk to […]
Personal letter from Dolly, an LGBTQ-activist from Egypt, struggling to build up a new life in eastern Europe
5 mn read Dolly Sarkasmo (an alias for her own safety) is a lesbian Ex-Muslim from Egypt. She is an activist, working to secure a better future for LGBTQ people in the middle east. Recently she was able to flee to Georgia in eastern Europe where she awaits her asylum procedure. Now she needs our help to survive […]
Secular news from around the world
Stranded in Georgia: The Challenges of Asylum Seekers
3 mn read As an asylum seeker, I have faced numerous obstacles in my journey to rebuild my life. One of the most significant challenges has been the lack of access to basic necessities, such as medical care, employment, and financial support. Unlike other EU nations like Germany, Georgia has yet to provide adequate support to asylum seekers, […]
Dolly’s interview with Zack the Russian
< 1 mn read Friend of the Secular Underground Network Dolly did a wonderful interview with Russian YouTuber and refugee in Georgia, Zack the Russian. In it, both Dolly and Zack talk about how a country known for secularism during the Soviet era is now one of the most religious countries in the world. The first part of the […]
In the 21st century, Female Genital Mutilation is practiced widely with over three (3) million women at risk yearly.
3 mn read It should be noted that FGM is not a religious exercise although it happens in Christian, Muslim and Jewish societies but there is nothing in their holy books that teaches or enforces them to engage in such practice.
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