Enlightenment Under Attack: Defending Secular Values against Religious and Political Extremism
A public presentation by Armin Navabi
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In today’s polarized climate of discourse in the public square, a consistent target of attack has emerged: enlightenment values of free speech, reason, scientific inquiry, and the separation of church and state. Government-backed suppression and execution of non-believers — particularly in Muslim-majority countries — is at the nexus of attention by human rights organizations around the world. Meanwhile, hardliners from both the regressive left and alt-right political extremes have pursued aggressive stances, advocating violence, bigotry and censorship. Beyond voicing outrage about this overall situation, what can be done?
Armin Navabi is an author, speaker, former Muslim from Iran and the founder of Atheist Republic, a non-profit organization with over 200 consulates worldwide and a website that consistently receives approximately 5 million views per week. Atheist Republic is dedicated to offering a safe community for atheists around the world to share their ideas and meet like-minded individuals.