Ralf Fucks and Andrzej Dominiczak
Defending Freedom

"Freedom is a word we rarely use" in Poland, as only 3 per cent of Poles recognize it as one of their most important values. Most Polish people understand freedom as a synonym of national independence, so for the last 30 years, since we regained full political independence, it's been almost deprived of any meaning and significance. That is why, when we learnt that Ralf Fucks, German political thinker, "passionate about individual freedom", published the book titled "Defending Freedom", we decided to go to Berlin and talk to him to learn how to defend and foster individual freedom in our country.

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What's Next For Atheism?

Fascinating lecture by A.C. Grayling

A Celebration of Reason - 2012 Global Atheist Convention 13-15th April - Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre Presented by the Atheist Foundation of Australia.

A.C. Grayling is Master of the New College of the Humanities, and a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford. Until 2011 he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck College, University of London. He went on to found and become the first master of New College of the Humanities, a private undergraduate college in London.

Argentina under the Church's thumb
Hugo Estrella and Andrzej Dominiczak

Hugo Estrella is an Argentine atheist and humanist; a founder of the Argentine Humanist Association and the representative of the Center for Inquiry in Argentina. He visited Poland on the occasion of Days of Atheism. In an interview with Andrzej Dominiczak, Hugo talks about pedophilia, torture and other threats to freedom and a happy life posed by the Catholic Church and particularly by Cardinal Bergoglio, the current Pope. It turns out that behind the mask of a good-hearted old man, which the pope wears in Europe, Bergoglio is a conservative and hard-core dogmatic, fighting against all signs of liberalization in the church, society and political life of Argentina.

( In Poland and elsewhere)

Susan Neiman and Andrzej Dominiczak

Religion is important to some people and not important to others, but to my great delight, generally, it is increasingly less important and its fall is dramatic. The recent poll by the Pew Research Center shows that out of 108 countries involved in the study, Poles - particularly the young ones -lose their faith faster than any other nation. Few consider religion as the source of values or hope for the afterlife; even fewer believe it to be the path to the so-called salvation.

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Krzytszof Dołowy, Andrzej Dominiczak, Jan Hartman

Beliefs in non-existent beings are not our only concern and field of interest. Of comparable importance is the ability to think at all: the motivation to think, intelligence and - often disregarded - the ability to think in abstract terms, perhaps even more important to humanists than high IQ. Numerous studies show that all types of thinking are impaired by the new media, mostly because of the rapidly growing role of pictures that have almost displaced information provided in verbal language. According to Italian sociologist, Giovanni Sartori "homo sapiens" has turned into "homo videns" - with only limited ability to think, particularly in abstract terms, philosophically and critically.


Ivan Dheur: Secularism in Norway

Norway's supposed separation of Church and State, effective from 1 January 2017, is a very positive step, but it's still a work in progress, writes Keith Porteous Wood. Both Norway and the United Kingdom have populations that are very secular in outlook, with around 2% of them regularly attending regular services of the national church. Yet both these ancient monarchies have had established churches deeply ingrained in the state since at least the Reformation in the 16th century.

Giulio Ercolessi: Italy

About ninety percent of the pupils at Italian State schools take part in Catholic religious education classes, whereas less than forty percent of taxpayers give the Catholic Church the part of income tax (imposta sulle persone fisiche, IRPEF) allotted to religious denominations or State social welfare institutions. About sixty percent of all religious marriages take place according to Catholic rites, but – in spite of the high percentage of citizens who have received Catholic baptism – less than twenty-five percent regularly take part in Sunday mass. In addition, the Papacy resides in Italy, which gives the Catholic Church great influence over political and social events in the country regardless of the statistical figures on the religious beliefs of Italians.

Gerald Ostdiek: Believing in Biology. Religious Imagination of Living Things (Including People).

Conventional notions of religion place it beyond the range of empirical study and immune to criticism: and yet hold it as a valid means of knowing. It is said to function as a telescope, bringing into perception otherwise unimaginable objects. But religious perception shows no consistency beyond that of commonly held culture; and we reject this notion empirically. Following the entailments of Darwin’s Ontology, I argue that religion (as well as knowing) is a matter of biology. It functions as a channeling of interpretation and results in behavior. Religious faith is animal behavior, i.e., acting on perception sans critical analysis. To act on faith is to embrace the animal self and the whims of Darwin's jungle. To embrace skepticism is to act upon that which is most uniquely human – the resources of self-reflection, philosophy and science, which serve to fact-check our perceptions and lead to more competent believing.

Gerald Ostdiek is assistant professor at Charles University in Prague, and a researcher at the University of Hradec Králové. He grounds his philosophical efforts within the study of semiotics as biology and culture, and the all too real consequences of reciprocity, radical continuity, and reproduction with variation plus selection.

Susan Neiman: Making Progress: Rethinking Enlightenment

Moral philosopher Susan Neiman argues that a progressive political outlook depends on a return to a robust Enlightenment.

Richard Dawkins: Science in the Soul | Real Time with Bill Maher

Richard D\awkins talks with Bill Maher about his new book, about ignorance of anti-evolutionists and science-phobia of some intellectualls. He also admits his own ignorance ....of basebal but not only.


Ron Lindsay: The Future of the Center for Inquiry

Ronald A. Lindsay has been the president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry for nearly 7 years. Prior to leading the organization, Lindsay received his Ph.D. from Georgetown University, specializing in bioethics. He also studied at University of Virginia School of Law, and practiced law for 26 years before joining CFI in 2008. With Ron Lindsay's tenure as president and CEO coming to a close, he delivered a heartfelt address at the Reason for Change conference in Buffalo, New York, on June 14, 2015. His words are hopeful and sincere as Ron expresses optimism for the future, both for the Center for Inquiry, and for the mission of the humanist movement overall.


Conversation with Richard Dawkins

In a special live presentation at CSICon 2016 in Las Vegas, Richard Dawkins is joined by magician Jamy Ian Swiss for an unscripted and spirited conversation covering a wide range of topics, including skepticism's history in stage magic, what it means to be a skeptic versus other identifying labels, finding the beauty in science, and what the future of science might entail.

Ernestine Potowska Rose - the first humanist

( feminist, atheist, abolitionist )

Prof. Bill Cooke, a philosopher and historian of humanism speaks about Ernestine Potowska Rose - the first woman humanist.
She was born in 1810 in Piotrków Trybunalski in The Grand Duchy of Warsaw as "a daughter of poor crushed Poland, as well as the downtrodden and persecuted people called the Jews."
When she was 17, she emigrated to Prussia, England and the USA, where she spent most of her life struggling to abolish slavery, oppression of women and belief in god. She was the only outspoken atheist among the first-wave feminists in times when women atheists were considered to be "a thousand times below a prostitute."

Comic book on Ernestine's life and deeds

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Polish Church and state from the Dutch and Beligian perspectives

Natasz Lubryczyyńska and Andrzej Dominiczak talk with Roeland Termote, a Dutch journalist and correspondent for Eastern a d Central Europe.


Man is essentially a dreamer, wakened sometimes for a moment by some peculiarly obtrusive element in the outer world, but lapsing again quickly into the happy somnolence of imagination.

(Bertrand Russell, Dreams and Facts, 1916)

What Are the Arguments Against Religion?

Anthony Clifford "A. C." Grayling (born 3 April 1949) is an English philosopher. In 2011 he founded and became the first Master of New College of the Humanities, an independent undergraduate college in London. Until June 2011, he was Professor of Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London, where he taught from 1991. He is also a supernumerary fellow of St Anne's College, Oxford.

In "The God Argument: The Case against Religion and for Humanism" he counters the arguments for the existence of God, and puts forward humanism as an alternative to religion.

Grayling is concerned with tone. He claims to have written the first book "thoroughly and calmly to examine all the arguments offered in support of religious beliefs", such as the ontological argument for the existence of God, which he argues against in the first half of the book.

In the other half, he proposes humanism as a suitable substitute of religion for a moral life or what he calls a "good life". According to his definition of humanism, if you believe that moral choices should be grounded in "the responsible use of reason" and "human experience in the real world" then you are a humanist.

A.C. Grayling: The Origins and Future of Humanism

There are many interesting points Grayling makes in this lecture. One of them pertains to the question "what it means to be human" and one of the answers is that that "a well lived life is a reflective life". Isn't it enough to tell the difference between an average atheist and humanist?


Bertrand Russell is our favourite humanist philosopher. In this short video he shares some of his thoughts on faith in God. It is very little, but don't worry, we will soon add a few of his brilliant essays.

Michael Schmidt Solomon


This is our newest publucation and probably the first atheist book for little children.

Police investigate photo of little girl with Catholic death threat face paint

(Christian love in practice)

The young girl is photographed with a Union flag painted on her cheek and "KAT" in red, white and blue on her head. The photograph, which emerged on social media and republican websites, is believed to have been taken during an Eleventh night bonfire in north Belfast.
The slogans "KAT" ("Kill All Taigs") or "ATAT" ("All Taigs Are Targets") commonly appear in graffiti in loyalist areas in Northern Ireland.

A Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) spokesman added: "Police have received a report, enquiries will be carried out to establish if any offenses have been committed."

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Dear GOD!

[Atheist song]

Number one on the list of best atheist songs by Phil Zuckerman!


The politics of the current government of Poland is based on fuhrerprinzip and is carried out in the spirit of predatory vitalism; it is authoritarian, nationalistic and extremely arrogant. It’s nearly fascist and we abhor it!

As in fascists countries of XX century, it is not driven by any positive idea or ideal; it is driven by hatred: against individual rights and liberties, towards democracy and the rule of law;towards European civilization, the spirit of Enlightenment and last, but not least, towards the life-stance and values of secular humanism. Its only goal is power in itself, total power that most fully expresses itself in the brazen humiliation of everyone outside of their own camp. That is why, they need enemies ad invent enemies.. The hatred they feed on cannot exists without enemies, internal and external.

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Poland is changing. In 2015, the far-right Law and Justice party, or PiS, won both the presidential election and a slim parliamentary majority. Since then, they’ve been working to cement their power by firing judges, purging the military and civil service, and cracking down on protesters and the media. All of this has put the country on a collision course with the European Union that could threaten Europe’s hard-won peace and prosperity following centuries of conflict.
To truly understand the international conflicts and trends shaping our world you need a big-picture view. Video journalists Sam Ellis and Liz Scheltens use maps to tell the story and chart their effects on foreign policy.


10 Oct. a regional court in Warsaw sentenced Jerzy Urban, the owner and editor-in-chief of the anticlerical weekly “No”, to pay a huge fine of 120 thousand zlotys plus 28 thousand of court costs (together approx. 40 thousand US dollars) for publishing (in 2012) “a caricatural image of Jesus with unintelligent (low IQ) facial expression”. This is the largest fine ever levied in post-communist Poland for blasphemy - under art. 196 of the Penal code on offending religious feelings. The article provides that “anyone who offends the religious feelings of others by publicly blaspheming n object of religious worship  or a place dedicated to the public celebration of religious rites is liable to a fine, the restriction of liberty or imprisonment for up to two years.

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I have been asked to present the Belgian and Dutch models of relations between Churches and State. I will start by giving you some historical background. I will then address the legal aspects of the question and, finally, I will give you some information about the impact of these two first topics on the everyday life of the citizens of the two countries.

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Polish Humanist Association and Center for Inquiry Poland has been and still is deeply involved in the work of the Association "Secularitu Congress". We co-organized the actual congress and edited Secular Manifesto signed by eight left wing political parties on 22 Oct. 2917. This is not the first document of this kind that has been adopted by secular NGOs in Poland over the last 27 years, but for the first time it's been supported by almost all left-wing political parties, including those (like Democratic Left Alliance) who did very little to defend secular state when they were in power or at least in the parliament. Let us hope they will rememebr this declartion in the future, when they hopefully return to the parliament or to the ruling coalition.

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Left and right critiques of the Enlightenment have differed in tone, but their images of the Enlightenment are remarkably similar, and similarly distorted. In their opinion, the Enlightenment was cheerful, stupendously gullible, and inevitably naive. If not quite the mad scientist in the cellar. These claims are supported by nothing more than shreds of historical evidence, always torn from their contexts. The patchwork creature that results is the rationalist whom the Enlightenment condemned from experience, the fanatic about whom it was sceptical, the optimist it loved to ridicule. This is not a question of nuance: the Enlightenment wasn’t simply more complicated than contemporary caricatures suggest, it was often diametrically opposed to them. Yet the caricatures have persisted despite the masses of work

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The second meeting with EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness

Last Monday, on 19 June 2017, Andrzej Dominiczak took part again in a a high-level meeting with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans in the presence of European Parliament Vice-President Mairead McGuinness. The meeting was attended by 13 other representatives of the so called philosophical and non-confessional organisations from across Europe. This time, the meeting was devoted mainly to the future of Europe as the value based and effective union. Answering the specific questions asked in the invitation letter our reprsentative raised sevral points: the conditions that must be met to enable people to thing in abstract terms, particularly in terms of values, the quality of eductaion in Europe and the need to establish direct communication between the UE Commission and the citizens of Europe. Next, Andrzej Dominiczak spoke with both EU high officials about the possibility to adopt by the EU the directive on preventing and combating violence against women, which is very importan, as Polish government is not doing anything in this field; they even threatened to withdraw from the Istambul Convention. Mrs. Mc Guinness promissed to stay in touch with us on this matter.

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In our opinion, Ernestine Potowska-Rose (1810-1891) was the first woman humanist: feminist, atheist, abolitionst and - generally - human rights protector; an activist and thinker. But unlike the majority of abolitionist and feminist campaigners, she saw the bigger picture. Freeing women from oppression was linked intimately to freeing slaves from oppression. And any freedom from oppression meant nurturing a free mind. That id why she chose atheism that meant emancipation from the most fundamental of the restrictions which hemmed in her, and everyone else's, life.

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Since 1993, Poland has had one of the most stringent anti-abortion laws in Europe, a result of the strong position of Catholicism in this country. But for some groups of more radical Catholics, this strictness is not enough, because the law allows exceptions if a woman's life is in danger or pregnancy occurs because of rape or incest. Two such organizations, Foundation Pro and Ordo Iuris, gathered 450,000 signatures for a new law, which would completely ban abortions. They easily won the support of the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party.

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Living with euthanasia

If you watch the video below, you will see that despite the Polish government and national media propaganda, living with euthanasia in Belgium is easy - as far as possible in the country of mortal beings, but certainly easier than in a catholic country where dying people who suffer from unbearable pain are not allowed to terminate their suffering. For bizarre reasons, the Catholic Church, the "earthly body of a merciful god", does not care about suffering! The only thing they do care about is the respect for a dogma that “God gives life and only God can take it away”. To them, suffering, particularly the suffering of the poor is simply beautiful, as recently canonised Mother Teresa of Calcutta said several years ago. According to this ideology, people have not right to life - life is the highest moral duty, even if at the same time it is the cruellest judgement.

Statement by the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe

Humanist Association has received the following statement from the office of the Commissioner for Human Rights of the Council of Europe. The Commissioner has expressed his critical opinion on the new draft Law on the Constitutional Court that was adopted yesterday by the lower chmaber of the Polish parliament and urged the Senate „to prevent a bad bill from becoming law and ensure that the rule of law in Poland is fully respected.”

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Meeting with EU Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans

On 30 June in Brussels, Andrzej Dominiczak, the president of our association took part in a a high-level meeting with European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and ten representatives from philosophical and non-confessional organisations from across Europe to discuss "Migration, integration and European values: putting values into action"

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High Ground: The Alliance for Choice and Dignity in Europe

New Broad-Based Alliance Launched to Protect and Defend Universal Human Rights in Europe

Today a new alliance of organizations dedicated to building support for choice and dignity for all in Europe was launched at the European Parliament. High Ground: The Alliance for Choice and Dignity in Europe was formed to work toward a European legal and political landscape which secures and enables the full realization of human, sexual and reproductive health and rights and religious liberty, specifically those of women and LGBTI people.

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Daba Hamplova: Are Czechs the least religious of all?

The idea that Czechs are almost completely indifferent to any religion is not accurate. The apparent lack of interest in traditional forms of Christianity is accompanied by the massive popularity of what sociologists call "invisible" or "alternative" religion and what could be best described as a belief in magic. Czechs may not be very enthusiastic churchgoers but many of them easily accept the idea that fortune-tellers can predict the future, lucky charms bring good fortune or that the stars might influence their lives.

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The article by David Ost gives the adequate picture of the current political situation in Poland. For our foreign readers we have addeed a few comments and pieces of information that should help you understand the situation even better. Let us make, however, one proviso: the strong criticism of the current, authoritarian government , does not mean that the fomer one was really good. On the contrary, it is its so called "policy of warm water in a tap" that was a cause of strong social frustration an desire for change that encouraged many people to support the populist. The "policy of wam water in a tap" means that the former government was simply satisfied with the situation and entirely neglected nearly all serious social problems. They did not, however, violate the main values and norms of liberal democracy and in the last months of their rule they even adopted some good laws and government programs. The current ruling "mafia" (the president, government and the informal but all-powerful "chief" or "duce" Kaczynski) are totally unacceptable, even if some specific regulations they promise might be worth our support.

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We wholeheartedly support the statement adopted by our friends from the European Humanist Federation. There is only one minor point we would like to clarify. Despite popular myth, it is not quite true that "Poles are already turning their back on refugees". Numerous studies (including the one by Eurostat) have shown that in Poland more people are open to accepting refugees that in any of our neighbouring countries, including Germany. Of course, still many are against for various reasons, mostly financial, and there is no doubt that we have thousands of noisy and hateful racists. The main problem, however, is our new, catholic and authoritarian government, though on the other hand one should remember that it was elected only by 20 per cent of people. It does not mean that all the rest are refugees friendly, of course, but despite fears and many internal problems, majority are to greater or lesser degree.

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If there are among my readers any young men or women who aspire to become leaders of thought in their generation, I hope they will avoid certain errors into which I fell in youth for want of good advice. When I wished to form an opinion upon a subject, I used to study it, weigh the arguments on different sides, and attempt to reach a balanced conclusion. I have since discovered that this is not the way to do things.

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Over the last year or so, I have written several times about the impressive growth of secularization and atheization in Poland. Practically all studies, including those conducted by the Catholic Church, confirm this diagnosis but it's only recently that I have compared the data reflecting this process with that from the Netherlands, UK and the USA of the decades, when these countries were going through similar processes. The result of this comparison is surprising, to say the least.

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Growing number of children and young people have serious doubts about the tenets of religious faith or do not believe in god at all. Moral and philosophical teachings of religion are mostly found to be so unreasonable or even harmful that they are hardly able to help people to guide and make sense of their lives. We welcome these changes but at the same time we think that young people need new, more adequate worldview and system of values that would be acceptable or even attractive to them. We do agree with our British friends that humanism is the best we can offer.

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Compared with other OECD countries, Brazil and the Russian Federation, Poland performs well in only a few of the 11 dimensions mentioned above that the OECD considers as essential to a good life. Poland ranks above the average of the 36 countries in the dimensions of personal security, education and skills, civic engagement and social connections, but below average in health status, work-life balance, income and wealth, subjective well-being, jobs and earnings, environmental quality, and housing.

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We have promised to add more essays by Bertrand Russell. Here comes the first one: an elegant and in-depth but brief and "reader-freindly" discussion of the one of the most fundamental questions. Must read, indeed!

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According to the most recent (February 2015) study by CBOS (Public Opinion Research Center), since 2005, i.e. the death of pope John Paul II, the number of Poles who identify themselves as non-believers doubled from 4% to 8%. In the same period, the proportion of strong believers fell from 12% to 8%. Similarly, religious practices were on a relatively stable level in the years 1997-2005, but declined after the death of John Paul II ...

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On 12 September 2014, Poland's parliament rejected the bill to criminalize sexual education on the ridiculous plea that it contributes to spreading pedophilia. 264 MPs voted against it. Ultra conservatives have lost again. (In recent years, they have tried twice but failed to outlaw abortion totally). Poland is still far from being a liberal and secular country, but relatively new secularizing tendency is quite stable and is getting visibly stronger.


Only 3% of Polish people consider personal freedom important. This includes the freedom of thougfht, speech and conscience - disregarded equally by most believers and non-believers.

We publish this important article by Peter Singer to give you an idea of how strongly we value these freedoms and related civil liberties. Indeed, in recent months, fostering individual freedom among the religious and non-religious has become our mission and one of the most important chores.

We do not recommend offending anyone, we do, however, defend our right to express any opinion or make fun of religion as of any other irrational, false or harmful belief. It does not mean that we would spread all of them. We do not like primitive pranks on any subject, particularly when they are played on the faithful in their places of worship. But outside, as we say in Polish: "there is no hell, let your spirit fly".

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This August (2014), the number of faithful who took part in 59 pilgrimages to Jasna Gora monastery in southern Poland, was 30 per cent lower (73.4 thousand) than in 2004, when 103.3 thousand participated.

These numbers are reduced almost every year. In 2009, there were 84.9 thousand of pilgrims, and in the last year - 75.1 thousand.

Sociologists explain (and we agree with them) that it is the symptom of progressive secularization in Poland, but emphasize that to some degree it may also be the result of a demographic change, as in recent years the percentage of young people has decreased, and it is they who constitute the largest group of pilgrims.


Poland's distinct history did not exclude it from experiencing the blossoming of liberal ideology during the Enlightenment but it did, however, use the ideology in a very different way than most of Europe. In France, monarchs, especially Louis XIV, ensured that the nobles were at their service and dependent on their good will. Power had become so centralized that revolution broke out as personal liberties were compromised. The ideology of the Enlightenment and its proposed reforms served to loosen the grip of absolute monarchy and ensure more people with natural freedom. Poland saw the opposite; the widened gap between the nobility and the peasantry caused some to be incredibly rich and powerful while others devastatingly poor and powerless. Ironically, the cause of such disparity was a political system, based on the so called golden liberties embraced by Polish gentry known as the szlachta, throughout much of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. The Enlightenment in Poland was a way to combat the 'golden liberties' that were more harmful than helpful. Reformers used the same ideology that granted civil liberties to the French in order to centralize the government and inspire nationalism in Poland.

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Whether Christian, Muslim, Jewish, or Sikh, there is one common belief that all religious fundamentalists share: worship of God and obedience to his laws are essential for a peaceful, healthy society. From Orthodox rabbis in the occupied West Bank to Wahhabi sheiks in Saudi Arabia, from the pope in Vatican City to Mormons in Salt Lake City, the lament is the same: God and his will must be at the center of everyone's lives in order to ensure a moral, prosperous, safe, collective existence. The author, eminent sociologist, shows, that these believes shared by numerous cultured non-believres are entirely false!

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Barbara Stanosz, professor emeritus at the University of Warsaw, Poland, died on 7 June 2014. A philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, Professor Stanosz wrote some excellent handbooks of formal logic and translated into Polish works by Bertrand Russell, Rudolf Carnap, Willard VO Quine, Richard B. Brandt, Daniel C. Dennett, Donald Davidson and other contemporary empiricists and philosophers of language.

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You may have learned that approx. 3000 Polish physicians signed a "declaration of faith" in which it is inter alia stated that they shall treat patients "putting god's law before man's". No doubt, this act of religious fundamentalism is hopelessly unwise but you should be aware that Poland is a relatively populous country and this 3000 signatures means that the declaration has been signed by just 1,2 per cent of Polish doctors and students of medicine (the appeal to sign it was addressed to both groups and signatures have been collected since 5 March 2014). I wonder, what would be the percentage of doctors and students in USA, Malta or Ireland who would sign a similar declaration?

Moreover, the declaration does not change much, as many catholic physicians have refused to perform abortion or prescribe birth control pills for many years. Now, they have just publicly expressed their views.

I am not saying we should not be concerned at all about that kind of symptoms of religious fanaticism, but let's not get hysterical - this is just 1,2 per cent of students and medics - the number surprisingly low in a legendary stronghold of Catholicism.


The studies on religiosity conducted in recent years in Poland have revealed two coexisting, though contradictory processes. On the one hand, secularization progresses, slowly but unceasingly: religious faith is weakening and participation in church activities is shrinking. On the other hand, however, one poll after another has shown rapidly growing support for the policy of the Catholic Church and its flagship political spoils, as the ban on abortion, the presence of the crucifix in the parliament or the refusal to legalize civil gay unions.

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Most of the world’s population believes in God, or gods, but alongside them there are also hundreds of millions of nonbelievers. What makes one a believer or not?

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Probably the first lecture in defence of atheism written and delivered in 1861 by Ernestyna Potowska Rose - a Polish Jewish feminist, abolitionist and of course an atheist. We consider her to be probably the first humanist in today's sense of the term. Wonderful woman!

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Are Czechs really ardent atheists? Interesting article about their "different" religiosity.

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Rising apprehension has been expressed by democratic, particularly secular, parts of Slovak society over an ever-growing propagation of fascism in Slovakia. An interesting article about the Catholic Church in Slovakia - one of the mian actors involved in attempts to exculpate fascism.

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The "Women's Hell" is the title of the collection of essays written by Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński and published in Poland in 1929. Its author, a Polish writer, translator and medical doctor, touchingly described the misery of women, mostly impoverished women, deprived of their reproductive rights. Read the following articles to find out what is the situation today, almost one hundred years later.


We are not particularly patriotic byt we suppose that quite a few of our visitors are particularly interested in Polish affairs as seen from humanist or atheist perspectives. So in this section you may find more information and comments about contemporary Poland. The following articles and reports come from various sources but cover the fields of particular interest to secular humanist, so we hope you will find them worth reading. You may expect more and more diverse articles about Poland in the near future.


The questions of humanist identity, self-concept and definition are sometimes regarded as major flaws of the humanist movement. Their vagueness and ambiguity, however, though unattractive to tabloid paople and their media, may - we hope - appeal to those of our kin: who are reflective rather than unthoughtful, who prefer cognitive complexity to bombastic simplicity and who like to talk rather than shout or deliver speeches. Ambiguity of humanism seems also relevant to the ambiguity of our own selves, so searching for the meaning of humanism is closely related to searching for our selves - a very humanist thing to do. If you like to think before you act, you will probably enjoy the following articles.


Psychologists from the University of British Columbia have found that simply looking at "The Thinker" by August Rodin can weaken faith in God and in the case of feeble faith can even lead to atheism. If - however - for any reason whatsoever, you want to watch an enlarged version of the above image or show it to someone:

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After years of imprisonment, Iranian rights defender Narges Mohammadi’s health is failing. At the urging of doctors, the authorities allowed Narges to be admitted to hospital for an urgent hysterectomy in May. Her family is now asking that they allow Narges to be hospitalised long term to recover, or granted medical leave. Iran’s authorities convicted Narges of several trumped-up offences in connection with her human rights work and sentenced her to 16 years in prison in 2016. Narges should not be detained in the first place, let alone while suffering serious health complications. This is not the first time she has been imprisoned for being a peaceful voice for human rights. In 2012 she began serving a 6 year sentence, but was released on medical grounds due to her worsening health. Iran’s rights defenders face incredible danger. They are harassed and jailed. Prison sentences can be extended, and conditions can be dire. But our collective voices can help. Recently thousands of supporters like you called for Iranian rights defender Golrokh to be released; she walked free in April. We need to again show Iran that the world is watching, and that we won’t stay silent in the face of injustice. Call for Narge's immediate release, so she can have her freedom and the medical care that she desperately needs.

[ Demand Iran release Narges at the site of Amnesty International ]

Are we amusing ourselves to death? (1)

Richard Heffner talks with Neil Postman, the author of "Amusing Ourselves to Death - Public Discourse in the Age of Show-Business", about harm "the ideology of enterteiment" does to Western, Americanized" culture - inlcuding first of all political culture. They talked in 1985, but the criticism of "infotainemnt" they deliever is perhaps even more relevant today! Should humanism be the part of this entertainment ideology?

Are we amusing ourselves to death? (2)

Nyegosh Dube: Ludwik Zamenhof - the creator of Esperanto and Humanism

Nyegosh Dube, a humanist and the editor of Ateismo - the atheist periodical in Esperanto - speaks about Ludwik Zamenhof (born in 1917) a Polish-Jewish medical doctor, inventor, and writer.
He is known as the author of Esperanto, the most successful constructed language in the world, created because Zamenhof cherished the idea of a world without war and believed that a new international auxiliary language would help to bring about lasting peace.
Besides, he is the author of a philosophy called Homaranismo - the term rendered loosely as humanitarianism or humanism: He said of this idea: "It is indeed the object of my whole life. I would give up everything for it."

Prof. Stanisław Obirek: Polish Brethren - The Forerunners of the Enlightenment

Prof. Stanisław Obirek speaks on Socinians or Polish Brethren, a radical Christian group that flourished in the 16th and 17th century Poland with about 300 congregations at its height.
Being hostile to dogma, Socinians insisted that Christian doctrine must be compatible with reason and advocated freedom of conscience, guaranteed by the separation of church and state.
Their intellectual centre was in Raków, north of Kraków, where they founded a successful university and a famous printing operation that turned out many Socinian books and pamphlets distributed all over Europe.
Many historians consider them to be the forerunners of the European Enlightenment and the main inspiration of American constitution.

Rebecca Goldstein & Susan Jacoby: Why Women Are Too Polite About Religion

Prominent secular scholars and writers Rebecca Goldstein and Susan Jacoby discuss the unique cultural expectations for women regarding religion. Touching on themes of motivation for religious participation, family pressure, and even the politeness of female atheists, Goldstein and Jacoby examine the phenomenon.
Rebecca Goldstein is an award-winning philosopher and author, whose most recent book is Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won’t Go Away. In 2015, she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama. She is also the recipient of the Richard Dawkins Award, the National Jewish Book Award and numerous other honors.
Susan Jacoby is an award-winning author and journalist, particularly noted for her writings on the history of American freethought. Jacoby began her career as a reporter at The Washington Post and has continued to have her articles and essays appear in numerous publications such as The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The American Prospect, Harper’s, Mother Jones, The Nation, Glamour,Vogue, and AARP Magazine.



(English subtitles)

This is an abridged version of a documentary produced by Centre Laique Audiovisuelle and devoted mainly to the role of the Catholic Church in infringing the rights of women in several European countries - particularly in Poland.

Apart from the well known restrictions on abortion and other reproductive rights, the documentary reveals briefly the hideus role of Catholic Church in defending the traditional family - the collective considered far more important than the basic rights of its members, particularly women, even if they are victims of most extreme forms of abuse ast the hands of their husbands.

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Peter Singer

Philosophy, controversy and the importance of free speech

One of our favourite philosophers speaks in defence of free speech. Just 10 years ago, we thought that after the collapse of the so called communism freedom of speech would be an unquestionable value, at least among huamnists, atheists and secularists. It is not. Due to the growth of the postomdern left, according to the recent Gallups's survey, 53% of American students find diversity to be more important. What it means in practice? It means that one should be not allowed to crticise any minority or even suugest that we should be allowed to conduct the study that might show that any minority is in any sense worse or weaker than white majority.

Saudi Arabia Tries to Silence Center for Inquiry at UN Human Rights Council

This past Sunday something incredible happened: at a meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Council, CFI representative Josephine Macintosh delivered a powerful statement forcefully condemning Saudi Arabia for its persecution of political and religious dissidents and calling for their immediate release.
It was too much for Saudi Arabia to take. Their representative, with panic in his voice, tried three times to shout Josephine down, repeatedly demanding that the Council president "shut her up!"
Josephine never backed down, despite Saudi intimidation, and as they protested, she received the vocal support of the representatives from four member states: The U.S., Ireland, Canada, and France, all of whom spoke up for her right to continue speaking.


Psychologist Dr. Paul Vitz (PhD in Psychology from Stanford University) speaks on a number of influential atheists (like Friedrich Nietzsche, David Hume, Bertrand Russell, Jean-Paul Sartre, Sigmund Freud, etc.) and how they may have become atheists. It ends up that many of these atheists had abusive or weak fathers who influenced the way the saw God. Highly insightful and interesting!

16 year-old Amina Filali, raped, beaten and forced to wed her rapist, killed herself -- the only way she saw to escape the trap set for her by her rapist and the law. If we act now, we can stop this unspeakable tragedy from happening to anyone else.
Article 475 in Morocco’s penal code allows a rapist to avoid prosecution and a long prison sentence by marrying his victim if she is a minor. Since 2006, the government has promised to strike this down and pass legislation prohibiting violence against women, but it hasn't happened.

Please, sign the petition for a comprehensive law to stop violence against women, including repeal of Article 475. When we reach 250,000 signatures, we'll deliver it directly to the decision makers.


Women, their rights and liberteis, are the main victims of religion, while women constitute the majority of believers and practitioners in all - except judaism - religions of the world. It is one of oue main concerns, so we have decided to create a new, bilingual (Polish and English), website entirely devoted to women and religion.

Here is the link to the site

According to tradition, the use of chastity belts – metallic straps locked over female genitalia with padlocks—dates back to the time of the Crusades, when knights in- departure for the Holy Land supposedly used them to ensure their wives' fidelity in their absence. Recent studies, however, show that such instruments were never in use during the Middle Ages.

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Christianity and nazism

Many suggest that Hitler did not hold a traditional belief in God because he believed that he was God. True, Hitler thought himself God’s chosen leader for the Aryan race. But he never claimed to be divine, and never presented himself in that manner to his followers. Members of the Wehrmacht swore this loyalty oath: “I swear by God this holy oath to the Führer of the German Reich and the German people, Adolf Hitler.” For Schutzstaffel (S.S.) members it was: “I pledge to you, Adolf Hitler, my obedience unto death, so help me God.”

[ Read the essay by Gregory S. Paul ]

Richard Dawkins

(We prefer his films to his books)

The Root of All Evil? - The God Delusion

The Root of All Evil? - The Virus of Faith



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