Humanism is about tolerance, kindness, knowledge and friendship, and although Humanistically Speaking is for Humanists, it is there for everyone to read, enjoy, and contribute, regardless of faith or belief.
This month’s edition of Humanistically Speaking has a particular focus on international Humanism and global issues of interest to Humanists. We tackle some huge topics and doubtless we shall return to them. One particular concern is that Humanism is not welcome everywhere in the world – see my Thought for the Day on page 16 about Pakistan.
Steve Hurd, chair of the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust, has written a fascinating report about establishing Humanist Schools in what is a highly religious and superstitious country, and where belief in witchcraft is also a significant issue. You’ll find his report on page 5.
My interview with Leo Igwe on page 14 also explores the subject of witchcraft. Based in Nigeria, Leo is nearly 1,000 miles away from Uganda, but witchcraft is still an issue. He is a champion of exposing so-called trials and punishment of women and children, and has suffered the consequences of crossing vested interests, in particular the hugely profitable Liberty Gospel Church. Leo has suffered death threats, imprisonment, beatings, attacks on his supporters, and even his family. This is clearly a brave and determined man, and my talk with Leo turned out to be an interview that I will never forget.
On other pages, David Warden asks whether humanists can support the State of Israel, Lily Berrell explores whether Brexit has adversely affected Humanism in Europe, and Amelie Forbes discovers just how difficult it is to apply for asylum. Aaron and David report on their exclusive interviews with two people, one male, one female, whose lives have been affected by the cruel practice of circumcision.
We have also to report that Ronnie Barr has retired from the editorial team to pursue his chosen profession. It’s always a little sad when young writers move on, but that’s the way of life, and we thank him for his service, and wish him well in his new career. That’s all from me for now. Time to open the pages, enjoy the read, and if there is anything you want published next month, just send an email.
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My interview with Leo Igwe can be viewed here.