Atheist Ireland has today published a set of free lesson plans about atheism for children aged 8 and up.
Schools and teachers can use the lesson plans during the school year, at whatever class level they feel is best.
Parents can also use the lesson plans directly. They can discuss them one-to-one with their child, or let their child use them at school if they have opted them out of religion class.
We do not want children to believe anything in these lessons, or in the book, simply because we say so. Like anybody else, we might be mistaken about some things.
Instead, we want children to use the lessons and the book to start off their own personal investigations into the topics we cover.
Full lesson plans can be downloaded via this link: https://www.teachdontpreach.ie/lesson-plans/
As you know, in Many Muslim-majority countries around the world it is illegal for people to leave Islam; blasphemy carries a capital punishment, not to mention “mob justice” and lynching. Ex-Muslims from such countries seek asylum to gain protection and freedom to live without Islam with no danger to their lives. According to Asylum rules and regulations, anyone who has a well-founded fear of persecution should be granted protection. Given the persecution and threats of violence or worse that ex-Muslims face in Muslim-majority countries, it is Home Office’s moral and legal responsibility to provide protection to ex-Muslims by granting them asylum.
But in reality, many ex-Muslims are denied asylum leaving them no choice but to go for judicial review against the Home Office decision in the hopes of overturning an unjust refusal by a first tribunal judge. Why are so many ex-Muslim asylum cases being refused by the Home Office? It is a question worth asking.
We, at CEMB, are campaigning to raise awareness and change the way ex-Muslim cases are processed by the Home Office. We aim to gather and highlight the “reasons” Home Office uses to deny ex-Muslims asylum in the UK.
If you are an ex-Muslim and have been refused by the Home Office, please send us a copy of your rejection letter so we can gather evidence to show systematic disregard for ex-Muslim cases. We aim to compile a list of reasons the Home Office uses to deny ex-Muslims protection and publish a rebuttal to the rejections in order to get the Home Office to review its inadequacies when it comes to apostasy and blasphemy cases. Your rejection letters and names will remain confidential. Anonymity requests will be respected.
Please send your letters to Ali Malik at email@example.com. If you have any questions, please contact Ali or Sadia Hameed at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note that all of CEMB’s support is free of charge.
Ali Malik and Sadia Hameed
Sadia Hameed is a Spokesperson for the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain. She discusses: asylum seeker screening and key issues; English and language issues; assistance within and across organizations; women and men coming to CEMB; and handling of male and female cases by the British authorities.
Read full interview here
Spokesperson Sadia Hameed interviewing Megan Mason for Filia. Listen to the full talk re secularism here
FiLiA in conversation: Khadija Khan and CEMB spokesperson Sadia Hameed on Religious Fundamentalism, Part 2.
Listen to the full podcast here