Atheist’s in Uganda

In previous episodes of the podcast we have spoken about the horrors of superstitious beliefs in Africa.  Albinos are murdered and harvested for their magical internal organs, children are accused of witchcraft, beaten, tortured, and rejected by their families to live on the streets, women are burned alive for casting spells, and families enjoying the World Soccer are under threat from radical Muslims who view the sport are evil.  But fear not, there are rational forces at work combating this insanity.

The Atheist Association of Uganda is an organsation which recognisesthere is no scientific evidence for supernatural phenomena, atheists reject belief in `God’, gods and other supernatural beings“.  The world desperately needs level headed and logical people like these to teach, inform, and educate.  If you want to help, you can.

The Atheist Association of Uganda need your help to raise approximately US$7,500 to cover travel and accommodation expenses the author of “We are all Africans“, Kwadwo Obeng.  A free sample of the book can be downloaded from their web site (registration required).

Media release:

The Atheist Association of Uganda (AAU) wishes to inform you that its organising a speaking tour for Mr Kwadwo Obeng, the author of a book called “We are all Africans”.AAU have talked with him and accepted our invitation to come on a speaking tour in Uganda in November 2010. The theme of discussion is “The dangers of theocracy in African Governments”

Below is the programme we have drafted for him:

Ndejje University on 1st November 2010 Kampala Central region

Kyambogo University 2nd November 2010 Kampala Central Region

Makerere Univeristy 3rd November 2010 Kampala Central Region

Mbarara University 4th November 2010 Mbarara Western Uganda

Gulu University 5th November 2010 Northern Uganda

And he will be finishing with a Public debate on 6th Serena International conference center in Kampala. AAU hopes that its this event that Mr Kwakwo Obeng can speak to Member of Parliament,Political Party leaders and the general public. We also hope that,may be those attending a public debate will pay some attendance fee. It will not be easier making University students pay. Lets start thinking about it. AAU would like to seek financial support but not sure where exactly.

Atheist Alliance International have also promised to contribute the
Airfare to make the even a success.

For more information,you can contact
Mr. Stuart Bechman
President Atheist Alliance International
[email protected], [email protected]

Mr.Kwadwo Obeng
We are all Africans Inc.

Kirumira Mpagi Micheal
President AAU
[email protected]

Kirumira Mpagi Micheal
President for AAU

Posted June 28, 2010
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  • @pjkanywa

    fascinating article askegg…

    thanks for running the article. am Ugandan and atheist i actually wasn't aware of that speaking tour…. i guess Micheal hasn't informed any of his friends yet.

    check out some of the other 'organic atheism' groups springing up in Uganda below;… Atheist Society of Kampala… Freethought Kampala Freethought Kampala WordPress Blog.

    it's not the most conducive atmosphere for 'questioning' mainstream beliefs but i can assure you atheism is alive and well even in this markedly superstitious country like ours.

    • askegg

      Thanks for the links. It is always good to hear there are people all over the world fighting for reasoned, rational, and logical beliefs.

  • @pjkanywa

    we do our best.. THANK YOU TOO, gotta admit, i do draw some bit of inspiration from ur posts…;-).

    • askegg

      Hmm… be careful with my posts. I tend to write when I am annoyed enough to put fingers on the keyboard, this equates to mainly angry rant posts. Although some of my friends might say I am always like that.

      Great to hear reader feedback though :)

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  • Peter B.

    During the mid 1990s I lived and worked in Uganda for several years, and have maintained strong links to, and a personal interest in the country ever since.

    That was a time of great optimism and progress towards reconstruction after many years of destructive conflict arising out of deep civil and political turmoil. The one great blot on Uganda’s future manifestly obvious to me at the time, was the blind and absolute subservience to religion inculcated into the vast majority of the Ugandan people. There were many ways I could see this maniacal devotion to religion robbing the country of vitality and resources. It was quite plain to see religion seriously inhibiting the potential for what Uganda might become if the people were to collaborate in a shared vision of greatness for their country instead of merely squabbling over whose church should take precedence. Sadly, the effect of this folly nearly two decades later is just another corrupt African country in serious decline, with foreign investment reduced to a trickle, and with religion being used as the principal tool of division and persecution. Left unchecked, the issue of religion in Uganda will certainly result in the country evolving into its own version of the Dark Ages.

    Thank you for article. It is only through continued highlighting of this festering carbuncle of religion that will ultimately result in the problems it causes by being adequately addressed anywhere, and this is particularly true in such badly affected countries as Uganda.

    Minor criticism – The word “Atheists” in the title has NO apostrophe in it. It is simply a pluralisation, not a possesive.

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