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Professor A.C. Grayling: Against All Gods

March 14th – Cavonius Centre, Gonville & Caius College

Ticketing Information to Follow.

Cambridge University Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society is pleased to host this talk by Professor A. C. Grayling.

A. C. Grayling CBE MA DPhil (Oxon) FRSA FRSL is the Master of the New College of the Humanities, London, and its Professor of Philosophy. He is also a Supernumerary Fellow of St Anne’s College, Oxford. He is the author of over thirty books of philosophy, biography, the history of ideas, and essays. He was for a number of years a columnist on the Guardian, the Times, and Prospect magazine. He has contributed to many leading newspapers in the UK, US and Australia, and to BBC radios 4, 3 and the World Service, for which he did the annual ‘Exchanges at the Frontier’ series; and he has often appeared on television. He has twice been a judge on the Booker Prize, in 2014 serving as the Chair of the judging panel. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, a Vice President of the British Humanist Association, Patron of the UK Armed Forces Humanist Association, Honorary Associate of the Secular Society, and a Patron of Dignity in Dying.

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Apostasy and Honour-based Abuse in Britain

11th March – Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College

We are pleased to bring you this event together with Humanists UK and Faith to Faithless.

This event is FREE for all to attend including members and non-members of Cambridge University Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. Cambridge students who wish to become members of the new Atheist, Secularist and Humanist society will be able to do so on the night.

Join us for a panel discussion exploring the shared experiences of those who have faced apostasy-related violence, honour-based abuse and family disownment. Hear from survivors who have experienced and escaped these abuses and are now living free from harm. Learn from experts who work with victims and raise awareness of these highly sensitive issues.

Panellists

Aliyah Saleem was born into a Pakistani Sunni family and was educated at an Islamic girls’ private boarding school in Nottingham, before studying Islamic theology in Pakistan. In 2015 she co-founded Faith to Faithless to raise awareness of apostasy which became a programme of the national charity Humanists UK. Aliyah is an advocate for secular education and in 2018 published her first book, ‘Leaving Faith Behind’.

Ste is an ex-Jehovah’s Witness and comes from a long line of prominent elders in the faith. His great grandfather was one of the first Jehovah’s Witnesses in the Caribbean. After leaving the religion in 2007 Ste was disowned by his family and made homeless. Ste hosts regular meet-ups for apostates and is a French and Japanese translator.

Zee is a British-born survivor of forced child marriage. Raised in Bradford, the youngest of five and the only girl she was promised at birth to a man she had never met in Afghanistan. She ran away from home at 13 years old, and never went back.

Will Bose manages the Faith to Faithless programme for Humanists UK. He is the vice-chair of Karma Nirvana, a national charity that has supported victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage for 25 years. In 2018 Will co-chaired the Girls Not Brides UK campaign, part of a global coalition set up to end child marriage funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Chair

Edward Prout is an ex-evangelical Christian. ‘Born again’ at 16 years old he struggled with the theological condemnation of being gay while identifying as a gay Christian. He was repeatedly offered gay conversion therapy throughout his time in the church. He left the religion in his mid-30s. Teddy is the Director for Community Services at Humanists UK.

Following the discussion, there will be an opportunity for Q&A with the panel.

We hope you’ll join us for what promises to be an informative and thought-provoking event.

 

 

 

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Leaving Faith Behind: An Evening with the Authors

March 4th – Bateman Auditorium, Gonville & Caius College

We are pleased to present this event by Faith to Faithless.

This event is FREE to attend for members and non-members of Cambridge University Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. Cambridge students may join the society on the evening.

Join us for an evening panel discussion, Q&A and book signing with the authors of ‘Leaving Faith Behind’.

Published in 2018, this book gives voice to men and women who have made the decision to leave Islam or to dissent against some of the most significant aspects of Islamic doctrine. As increasing numbers of people in Britain choose to turn away from organised religion, this book allows the stories of some of them to be heard: the reasons for their decisions to leave, the challenges, and the effects on their lives and relationships.

Panellists

Aliyah Saleem was born into a Sunni family and was educated at an Islamic girls’ private boarding school in Nottingham before studying Islamic theology in Pakistan. Aliyah is an advocate for secular education and in 2015 co-founded Faith to Faithless to raise awareness of apostasy. Leaving Faith Behind is her first book.

Fiyaz Mughal OBE is the founder of Faith Matters, an organisation committed to reducing extremism, he also founded the charity TellMAMA which monitors and provides support for victims of anti-Muslim bigotry.

Jimmy Bangash was raised in a traditional Pashtun family in London. As a gay man, he struggled with the homophobia and ardent misogyny within his community. Jimmy is a spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain and is a committee member of Faith to Faithless.

Chair

Will Bose manages the Humanists UK programme Faith to Faithless. He is the vice-chair of Karma Nirvana, a national charity that has supported victims of honour-based abuse and forced marriage in Britain for 25 years. Will co-chaired the Girls Not Brides UK campaign for 14 months which is part of a global coalition funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Copies of ‘Leaving Faith Behind’ can be purchased on the night at £10.00 (cash only).

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LGBT+ Rights, Atheism, & Blasphemy: Maryam Namazie


28th February – Cavonius Centre, Gonville & Caius College

Cambridge University Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society is pleased to host this event for LGBT+ History Month with guest speaker Maryam Namazie.

This event is FREE to attend for members and non-members of Cambridge University Atheist, Secularist and Humanist Society. No ticket required, just turn up. Space is limited so arrive early to ensure a seat.

Namazie is a is a British-Iranian secularist and human rights activist. She is the spokesperson for Iran Solidarity, One Law for All and the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB) and is a patron of London Black Atheists.

Maryam Namazie will speak of the links between LGBT rights and the rights of apostates and blasphemers, the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain’s “controversial” placards at Gay Pride in London, and why defending LGBT rights and the right to atheism and free thought are not “Islamophobic” but in the tradition of dissent and doubt against religion and the religious-Right.

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