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Freethought Today · June/July 2017

Published by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc.

Freedom of Expression conference set for July

FFRF proud co-sponsor of two-day event in London on July 22-23

Freethinkers from around the world will come together in July in London for a weekend of discussions and debates on freedom of conscience and expression, which are under attack in many parts of the world.

The International Conference on Freedom of Conscience and Expression in the 21st Century will be held July 22-23 and is co-sponsored by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, among several other organizations.

FFRF Co-Presidents Annie Laurie Gaylor and Dan Barker will among the more than 60 people scheduled to speak or perform during the conference. Discussions will include topics such as censorship and blasphemy laws, freedom of and from religion, apostasy, the limits of religion's role in society, LGBT and women's rights, atheism, secular values and more.

Iranian-born rights activist Maryam Namazie, who organized the prestigious conference, will also be speaking. Namazie will be receiving the Henry H. Zumach Freedom From Fundamentalist Religion Award at FFRF's 40th annual conference in Madison the weekend of Sept. 15-17. (See back page for FFRF convention information.)

Others include activist, blogger and writer Bonya Ahmed (who spoke at FFRF's 2016 convention in Pittsburgh), scientist and author Richard Dawkins, philosopher A.C.

Grayling, singer Shelly Segal. The conference will highlight the voices of people on the frontlines of resistance ­— many of them persecuted and exiled — as well as address challenges faced by activists and freethinkers, elaborate on the links between democratic politics and free expression and conscience, promote secular and rights-based alternatives, and establish priorities for collective action.

Speakers will come from dozens of countries around the world, including Algeria, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, France, India, Iran, Iraq, Iraqi Kurdistan, Ireland, Lebanon, Malaysia, Morocco, Nigeria, Norway, Poland, Sudan, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Turkey, Tunisia, United Kingdom, Ukraine, and Yemen.

For more information or to sign up, go to secularconference.com