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…)
Message from the French Federation of Freethought to the 18th annual Charles Bradlaugh commemoration in Northampton
The French National Federation of Freethought salutes the 18th gathering in homage to Charles Bradlaugh, freethinker and republican, builder and pioneer of the eternal and universal struggle for total freedom of conscience and for the separation of Church and State. (more…)
In Europe and in the whole world a situation is developing today which shows the dangers linked to the place of religions in the political debate. Atheistic, humanistic, secular and of Free Thought organizations have a duty to give their opinion on this subject. Political mobilizations that exploit the public visibility of religions for their own purposes are an example. (more…)
The IAFT is pleased to add its name to this statement by Sophie In’t Veld, MEP, and 40 other MEPs. In accordance with its principles of defence of individual freedoms and freedom of conscience, it can only support this text unreservedly. (more…)