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A response to Mngxitama

The Mail&Guardian of November 5 carried an opinion column by Andile Mngxitama which described Gareth Cliff as “the face of white supremacy“. Racism and other forms of prejudice are clear threats to a free society, and the FSI therefore notes with concern the racist tone and content of Mngxitama’s analysis. Pasted below is the original text of a submission to the Mail&Guardian in response to Mngxitama, published on November 12 under the title “White supremacy rant against Gareth Cliff sullies rational political debate“. Continue reading A response to Mngxitama

FSI Conference 2010: Programme

The 2nd annual conference and AGM of the Free Society Institute
Co-hosted by the International Humanist and Ethical Union.

Registrations are unfortunately closed at this time.

Date: September 11th, 2010, 09h30 to 17h00
Venue: The Cape Milner Hotel, 2 Milner Road, Tamboerskloof (click “continue reading” for directions)
Cost: R0

Good without god: is a secular viewpoint our best guide to moral clarity?


  • 09:30: Tea
  • 10:00: Leo Igwe – Opening address
  • 10:30: Tauriq Moosa – A critique of sanctity
  • 11:30 Signe Rousseau – Dirty Gods: Why #TAPL is bad for our moral health
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • 13:30 Jacques Rousseau – Common-sense morality
  • 14:30 Andrew Dellis – The ‘New Atheists’: Advocacy and public relations
  • 15:30 Open discussion – Secularism in South Africa: where to from here?
  • 16:30 Adoption of Constitution
  • 17:00 Closing

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How harmful is pornography really?

In the Cape Argus of March 3, Errol Naidoo (the director of the Christian-based Family Policy Institute) claims that pornography is harmful, and that the proposed Multichoice “Porn channel will be a ‘destructive influence’”.

He quite correctly attempts to back up many of his assertions with scientific evidence, and quotes some sociological and psychological studies in his letter of opinion. But does modern science really support the proposition that pornography is harmful? Let us examine some of his claims, and consider what evidence exists for them. Continue reading How harmful is pornography really?