Michael Novak, one of the most influential American theologians and philosophers of the 20th century passed away on 17 February. Novak, who served as an Ambassador under US President Ronald Reagan, and an adviser to two Popes, made his own small contribution to defeating the tyrannical communist systems of the Soviet bloc. Continue reading
A city-run kindergarten in the Austrian capital Vienna has fired a teacher because she “violated the kindergarten’s neutral stance on religion” by explaining her pupils, in response to questions asked by them, that on Christmas Christians celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. According to the institution’s policy, “tolerance” means that religion cannot be tolerated, and “education” means that children must be kept unaware of the cultural context in which they grow up. Continue reading
On 21 June, which they celebrate as the “International Humanism Day”, the Humanistisch–Vrijzinnige Vereniging (Liberal Humanist Association) has awarded its “Liberal Humanism Prize 2015” to Dr. Wim Distelmans, “an eminent humanist who has demonstrated in his life and work of a genuine and sustained liberal humanist engagement.”
The eminent humanist is a trained physician who is pushing euthanasia to its extreme consequences. He acquired notoriety when he killed healthy but depressed Godelieva De Troyer because she wanted to die.
De Troyer wasn’t Distelmans’ only “liberal humanist” achievement. Further victims of his humanist activities include a trasgendered person upset at the outcome of sex change surgery and deaf twins who were losing their eyesight.
The European Humanist Federation (EHF), an organization of militant religion-haters who want to build a “Secular Europe for All” (including those who haven’t asked for one) is very worried over the increasing influence of groups who actively promote the right to life for all human beings, the right to freedom of conscience and religion, or the true and natural understanding of family and marriage. Continue reading
Following yesterday’s terrorist attack against the satirical magazine “Charlie Hebdo”, we are witnessing some rather cynical attempts to sacralize the victims and to instrumentalize their death. But though we do not hesitate to condemn the attack (as we would condemn any such act, no matter by whom and against whom it is committed), we are wondering whether having been murdered is really so meritorious as to confer an aura of sanctity to the four caricaturists and their work. Continue reading
Following an invitation made by President Martin Schulz, Pope Francis is going to honour the European Paliament in Strasbourg with a visit next Tuesday, 25 November.
As had to be expected, the militantely atheist fringe of the Parliament could not let this occasion pass without drawing attention to itself. Here is the copy of an e-mail that two MEPs Virginie Rozière (radical left from France) and Sophie in ‘t Veld (ALDE/Netherlands – picture) have sent to their colleagues, erecting a funny monument of their own bigotry: Continue reading