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Human Rights Day – 10 december 2011

Posted by Shirley Galdino  
From: http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/2011/index.shtml  

This year, millions of people decided the time had come to claim their rights. They took to the streets and demanded change. Many found their voices using the internet and instant messaging to inform, inspire and mobilize supporters to seek their basic human rights. Social media helped activists organize peaceful protest movements in cities across the globe – from Tunis to Madrid, from Cairo to New York – at times in the face of violent repression.

Human rights belong equally to each of us and bind us together as a global community with the same ideals and values. As a global community we all share a day in common: Human Rights Day on 10 December, when we remember the creation 63 years ago of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

On Human Rights Day 2011, we pay tribute to all human rights defenders and ask you to get involved in the global human rights movement.

2011: An extraordinary year for human rights

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Carl Sagan Day

Editor: Shirley Galdino

We live in marvelous times, where the understanding of key issues that afflict the human being from its origins began to be glimpsed through the thin beam of light that a small flashlight-science casts upon the darkness of our ignorance.

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If homosexuality is natural, then it can be a devil’s work.

From: http://www.truthwinsout.org/
By: Wayne Besen 
Via: Francisco Boni 


TWO Applauds Daniel Avila’s Resignation From U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops

Avila’s Demonizing Did Not Create Healthy Dialogue, Says TWO

BURLINGTON, Vt. - Truth Wins Out applauded the resignation of Dan Avila today from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, where he served as policy advisor for Marriage and Family. Avila resigned after receiving much criticism for a column he wrote for The Boston Pilot that suggested Satan might cause people to become gay.

“Daniel Avila’s column was hurtful and deeply offensive so we are grateful he quickly resigned,” said Wayne Besen, executive director for Truth Wins Out. “Demonizing never creates a healthy dialogue and Avila represented a major obstacle to the church’s claim to respect all people.” Read more…

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Interview: Founder of group that ‘heals homosexuals’ out of the closet

By William De Luca
Posted by Eleições Hoje
Translation: Sérgio Viula               


Founder of group that ‘heals homosexuals’ reveals: “Nobody quit being gay, there were relationships even within the group”

Nothing better than an example to rebuke the supposed efficiency of treatments to convert sexual orientation, which claim that gay people can “go” straight. The English and philosophy teacher, also a theologian, Sergio Viula, 42, born and resident in Rio de Janeiro, was one of the founders of the Movement for the Healthy Sexuality (MOSES), an evangelical NGO which helps people interested in quitting homosexuality. He got married, had two children and saw by himself the very methods of ‘sexual re-orientation’. In an exclusive interview, Sergio talked to me and showed that methods to change sexual orientation are useless, causing pain and suffering to those who are willing to go through any of them.

How did your life within the evangelical church begin? How did you get in? Read more…

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Sergio Viula: former ex-gay evangelical, now secular LGBT activist

From the Media Council of LiHS

Sergio Viula is an ex-ex-gay. That’s right, he saw all sides of the situation, got married, became a pastor and took part in a movement which allegedly “cured” gay people, but eventually realized all the inconsistencies within it. It would be fair enough to give him a clap as to having being able to be completely and painfully honest to himself and with those around him.

Theologian, philosopher, English teacher and gay, he keeps the blog Fora do Armário (Out of the Closet), where one can find information as to ordering his book, Em Busca de Mim Mesmo (In Search of Myself – only available in Portuguese), in which he shares all his journey.

Highly recommended, the book daringly unveils how much religion can damage and make suffer anyone who is homosexual, infusing absolutely unnecessary guilt and self-rejection.

Last Monday, Sergio granted O Bule Voador (The Flying Pot) this interview.

LiHS - Over a hundred years ago, in a legally homophobic United Kingdom, Alfred Douglas – Oscar Wilde’s lover – called homogenic love “the love that dare not speak its name”. The verse was used as evidence to convict the poet and sentence him to forced labor. And here, today, dare that love speak its name? Who still impedes it?

Sergio - A lot of progress has been made since then. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, issued by the UN after World War II has conquered more and more space in the legal system of every afiliated country. And even in countries that still don’t see eye to eye with the UN, there has been a lot of domestic and international pressure to get human rights respected, regardlessly of their sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, etc. Read more…

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Open letter to the American Cancer Society

We, the Secular Humanist League of Brazil, wish to express here how dismayed we are to know, through compelling evidence, that the American Cancer Society has turned down a huge donation from atheists of the Beyond Belief Foundation solely on the grounds of prejudice against our belief group. Ironically, studies show that the great majority of top scientists, including those working on therapies against cancer that actually work, are atheists. Maybe the ACS would change its attitude if it chose to look where its money is going as much as it looks where it comes from and chooses which “controversial” group should have its generosity turned down to temper the medieval prejudices of other donors.

Respectfully yours,

Eli Vieira,

LiHS’s president.

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A Flying Teapot Taking Off, or, Good News from Brazilian Atheism

by Eli Vieira*


One year and a half has passed since the foundation of the Secular Humanist League of Brazil, LiHS, the owner of this debuting blog. So many things have happened since then that I am caught in the vertigo of loads of long term memory yet to be consolidated. (And my routine as a rebel sleeper has most certainly something to do with that.)

I remember vividly my dream of taking Brazil and more of Latin America to the global secularist community, especially reaching IHEU (International Humanist and Ethical Union). Well, we did it! And it happened last week, when our international relations director Daniel Martin traveled from France to Norway (yes, to Oslo, the site of that conservative Christian terrorist attack) to attend the General Assembly in the World Humanist Congress, where we were approved as members of IHEU. Also, before that, LiHS joined the Atheist Alliance International. Read more…

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