Cardinal George Pell has been released by Australia’s highest court after unanimously quashing his conviction for sexual assault of two boys twenty years ago at a Cathedral. He was serving a six year sentence. The jury had unanimously believed his accuser, one of the boys. The prosecuting QC said of Read more…
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…
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…
The Secular Movement of Québec, known as Mouvement Laïque Québecois (MLQ Québec / Canada) and The National Federation of Free Thought (FNLP France) address the international secular movement
common struggle : In Quebec as in France, secularity needs you: – In Quebec to institute it – In France to defend it. The more countries that establish secularity in their institutions, the more secularism in France will be protected. Our secular friends in Quebec are facing an unprecedented offensive Read 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…)
On September 18th 2019, National Secular Society President Keith Porteous Wood, IAFT spokeperson, urged the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to exert pressure on the Vatican to submit long-overdue reports outlining its response to child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. (more…)
The Vatican can no longer do anything about it: the scandal can no longer be suppressed, the witnesses are talking, the wall of silence is definitely broken. The Catholic Church is responsible for thousands of crimes, rapes, harassment, physical and mental torture of thousands of children, not only by not denouncing those who commit them, but by protecting them and most often leaving them in a position to commit them again. That is why Libre Pensée requires that all archives concerning these cases be made public and that human justice be respected. (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…)
Church Crimes and paedophilia: The Church must be accountable to the Justice of men!
A new week, A new Cardinal condemned. On 7th March, the highest official of the Catholic Church in France, the Archbishop of Lyon Philippe Barbarin, was condemned for not reporting the repeated sexual abuses committed by priests on 70 minors. Philippe Barbarin was sentenced to six months in prison with a suspended sentence. He will appeal, but nevertheless indicated his resignation to the pope. (more…)