Jesus Is Not Your Friend

I find it sad to continually read Facebook statuses that complain about fake friends, fake families and warn us never to trust or rely on anyone. It may be because of the people I follow on Facebook, but these comments come exclusively from Ghanaians. I don’t understand this level of mistrust and disappointment in others.  

The comments are always from religious believers and often end with a statement claiming a dead person, who they never knew, and never knew them, is their only true friend. Read more…

Segment 16 – Atheist Choral Music

Was excited to hear Kenley Kristofferson’s humanist choral music on YouTube and he directed me to this blog post. Now the challenge is on to develop a new choral tradition.

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“We are One” may look like a Buddhist idea, but it’s also proudly proclaimed by an atheist classical composer named Kenley Kristofferson. Hear us chat about him and atheist choral music more generally:

The two tracks were ‘Cosmos‘ (Movement 3) and ‘We Are Stars‘. [We also played Steve Martin’s hilarious track ‘Atheists Don’t Have No Songs‘ before we began.]

So all this began in recent years, with atheists gathering on online forums and finding that a large number of them enjoyed listening and singing choral music. But as the Melbourne Atheists have said, “If you want to sing in a choir, but don’t like religious songs, what choice do you have? Not much.” Some choral atheists would even join church choirs, just looking for opportunities to sing, belting out Handel’s Messiah without believing a word of it. For many this involved a…

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My Experience in an “Atheist Church”

The Sunday Assembly, popularly known as the atheist church, has taken off in the UK and is quickly spreading world-wide. But what do people who don’t believe in anything do in a church-like gathering? Like many I felt curious to find out.

Apart from writers such as Alain de Botton who have argued non-believers should steal the best aspects of religion, many non-believers have been skeptical of such projects. They pride themselves on being independent thinkers, rejecting dogma and not following leaders. Was the Assembly going to recreate the worst aspects of religion by getting uncomfortably close to the very thing rejected?

Waking up early on a cold, Sunday morning in Bognor Regis for a 25 minute walk to get a train to Brighton, tiredness risked dampening curiosity. The train journey took 1 hour and I fell asleep during the journey. I arrived at my destination feeling weak and disoriented with a 15 minute walk ahead of me. Read more…

Spirit Reading of the Bible

Reading Spiritually

commit-to-spiritual-reading-300x200Some Christians claim that my understanding of a bible passage is faulty because I was reading “carnally” instead of “spiritually”. “Reading spiritually” is still a mystery to me, as are the methods of doing it. Are these even  terms we can apply to the process of reading? Read more…

Official – Ghana’s mental health professionals are insane!

mad doctorsGhana’s chief psychiatrist, Dr Akwesi Osei, has made the startling announcement that his own psychiatric doctors, responsible for the mental health of the nation, are themselves suffering from mental disorders! He has not stated whether he has included himself in this diagnosis.

Did he know these doctors were mad when they were employed, or have they become disordered under his administration? It is certainly a serious state of affairs especially for those who need treatment! Read more…

Calls to execute bloggers in Bangladesh

bangladesh-anti-atheist-protestA list of 84 bloggers has been handed to the Bangladeshi government demanding they are given the death penalty. Their ‘crime’ was  to be human rights activists, freethinkers, skeptics, rationalists, philosophers, scientists, secularists and atheists. In an attempt to maintain the political power of Islam they are labelling any freethinkers as blasphemers and giving them the option to ‘repent’ or die.

Ahmed Rajib, 35, has already been murdered by having his head hacked apart by machete in his home for being critical of Islamist groups. Other bloggers have been arrested and Asif Mohiuddin, 29, has been viciously attacked.

Sonja Eggerickx,  president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) commented: Read more…

Selfish Christianity

che-liberationThere is a certain type of religious person I meet in Ghana, unfortunately usually a Christian, who makes the accusatory statement – “Why should you care? What’s it to do with you?” – when those of us who write, or are activists, make critical statements about what we perceive to be religious, political or societal wrongs. This is often supported by “leave it to God” or their misunderstanding of the bible passage “Thou shalt not judge”.

Whether our observations are right or wrong is rarely debated: their statements are demands to be silent. One might ask the stereotyped question “What would Jesus do?” because it’s clear he defended the oppressed, spoke out against injustice and challenged the religious leaders of his day. Read more…