Around the world the non-religious are discriminated against by government-backed religious privilege, laws prohibiting advocacy of human rights or criticism of religion, even the outright persecution of atheism, humanism and secularism. In 13 countries you can be put to death for “leaving” your presumed religion. Bob Churchill is the editor of the IHEU Freedom of Thought Report, an annual analysis of the violations of freedom against non-religious people globally. Bob will outline the basis for “freedom of thought and expression” and show how humanists and working globally to defend these freedoms.
About Bob Burchill:
Bob Churchill is Director of Communications for the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU), having previously worked at the British Humanist Association and volunteered with the Uganda Humanist Association. He studied philosophy at the University of Warwick and Queen’s University, Canada, and has long-standing interests in secularism, Humanism, ethics and epistemology. He has appeared as a spokesperson (e.g. on BBC News, Channel 4 News, Al Jazeera) and as a speaker at Skepticon, Geekfest London, the Institute of Fundraising Technology, Conway Hall Ethical Society, and the European Humanist Youth Days.