Despite its reputation, Islam does not necessitate violence in many of its countries. In some, however, the combination of religious doctrine, totalitarian regimes, and inefficient public policies result in a public display of violence that smears the reputation of all […]
The weekly report on the SPI coalition
by Johnny Monsarrat
In this week’s policy report, we noted that practically no young Icelanders believe in creationism according to a new poll. SPI coalition member Sidmennt, The Icelandic Ethical Humanist Association, commissioned the study, […]
The weekly report on politics and secularism
Creationism Slips in Iceland… to Zero
In 1996,┬á87% of┬áIcelanders were religious, but a recent Gallup poll┬áfound only 46% to be religious. More surprisingly, while 40% of young Icelanders say they are religious, 0% believed […]
The weekly report on the demographics of secularism
by Jordan Auburn
In the US presidential elections, as the Iowa caucus approaches, Donald Trump continues to cause a stir. On Monday 25th Jan, he even claimed he could shoot somebody and not lose […]
The weekly report on the SPI fellows
by Johnny Monsarrat
Several of the SPI fellows specialize in foreign affairs relating to security and warfare. This week we highlight one from Syria and one from Germany.
SPI Fellow Aymenn Jawad Al-Tamimi┬áis a┬áleading world expert […]
With her partly shaved pate and theatrical eye shadow, BoliviaÔÇÖs most prominent feminist stands out in a crowd. Mujeres Creando (Women Creating), the group she founded in 1992, has been daubing walls with graffiti, staging performances and engaging in acts […]
The weekly report on religion and politics
About the International Coalition Calls
Every first Thursday of the month, the Secular Policy Institute holds an international coordinating call for its 300 members to discuss the future of the secular movement.
Call for January 7, 2016
Here’s the latest recording of the […]
US presidential candidate Marco Rubio was taking questions from an audience this week when an atheist asked him about his faith. He responded, “No oneÔÇÖs going to force you to believe in God. But no oneÔÇÖs going to force me […]
When the Kenyan government late last year expressed its intention to begin regulating religious practices in order to weed out “fraudulent” preachers and groups, we warned in this column that this constituted a very slippery slope.
It was obvious to any […]