Brussels, 2020 March 24. Since several years now, the question of the inclusion in the Constitution of a “system of values” (equality of women and men, the rule of law positive over any religious or philosophical prescription, etc.)  in order to supposedly fight against communitarianism. The inclusion of secularism Read more…
Press release from the «Friends of Hypathy» (Greece) – Members of the International Association of Free Though This press release was published in Greek on 2020 March 9.) Dozens of Greek Christian pilgrims were infected by the coronavirus during a trip to Israel, even though the accompanying priest had certified Read more…
Uruguay: Violation of the secularity (laicity) of President Lacalle Pou by participating in a religious ceremony
PUBLIC STATEMENT Montevido, 2020 March 5. On 2 March, one day after taking office, the President of the Republic Luis Alberto Lacalle Pou participated in a religious ceremony in the cathedral of Montevideo convened by the Episcopal Conference of Uruguay (Catholic Church) and five other religious organizations. The Secretary to Read more…
Speech of Michel Godicheau, delegate of the International Association of Free Thought at the funeral of Philippe de Menten, eminent free thinker, worker and republican activist in Belgium. We were both public service trade unionists, me in France, him in Belgium, and we considered that the question of Free Thought Read more…
Call in three languages
Llamamiento en tres idiomas
Appel en trois langues
(actualisé le 16 décembre 2019)
For working internationally on the history of Free Thought
The undersigned, attached in different capacities to the study of the history of Free-Thought, secularism, rationalism and democracy, met 22 June 2019 in Paris on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the foundation of IRELP [Institut de Recherches et d’Etudes de la Libre Pensée]. (more…)
The Circle of Free Thought
The National Federation of Free thought
Constitution, secularism and public funding of religions
An international call by personalities has been published for the fiftieth anniversary of the Belgian Center of Secular Action, which was born in 1969. The congress was held in Liège, a traditional fiefdom of Free Thought, then here is “the call from Liège, for a universal secularity”.
Both our associations (CLP/KVD and FNLP) have read about this call in the press and have studied it with interest. French Free Thinkers expressed some surprise when they noticed the presentation of the call was sponsored by Mr. François Hollande, the former president of the French Republic. Belgian Free Thinkers had the same surprise when they understood that one of the distinguished signatories was Mr. Elio di Rupo who was the Prime Minister of the Belgian Monarchy for several years. (more…)
I am happy to answer your questions, but with the precision that I do it “on the fly” and that, although I want to be objective, it will be difficult to leave my subjectivity aside, in particular because the events in Ecuador in the first half of October 2019 generated greater social polarization, which is reflected in the tendency for people to have very opposed readings and interpretations of facts, those that respond to our interests, prejudices, ideological positions, political adherence and influence of the media. (more…)
of the Lebanese Association of Philosophy of Law
International Association of Free Thought: The demonstrations in Beirut and throughout Lebanon are important and determined. Who are the demonstrators and what are they demanding?
Georges Saad: It is almost an insurrection, a « true revolution » as Bakunin said (revolutionary spontaneity). People are tired of waiting, of believing in corrupt leaders. The Lebanese no longer want General Aoun, who has done nothing so far for three years. A country where people no longer hesitate to talk about their starvation. (more…)
International Association of Free Thought: In 2017, at the IAFT World Congress in Paris, we were honoured to present you with the International Prize for the Separation of Churches and State. What have you been doing since then? (more…)
Antonio Vergara Lira
Isla Negra (Chile), 24 October 2019.
I would like to share some personal opinions, those which coincide with various press articles, Spanish and French, which seem to me to be serious.
What is happening in Chile today?
Without getting into the most serious problem, because in Chile, the political constitution of the Republic adopted under the dictatorship of Pinochet – in 1980 – is still in force, which could not be seriously amended, because a very high quorum is required in Parliament. Pinochet’s right wing with its 30% prevents it, among other measures that affect the country’s democracy. (more…)