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2 days ago

Humanists Malta
Preparation Wednesdays!! As part of the EPiX project, Tomorrow with Generation Change? we will be talking about intimacy. There will be a discussion on what is intimacy, what is sex and what is love. ? do they make sense? What are the influences of society on the matter?Do we have choices ? responsibilities?These and much more to be discussed in tomorrow session with the youth of Generation Change? at Friends of the Earth ... See MoreSee Less
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6 days ago

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During our second session at Friends of the Earth Malta and Generation Change?, Jean Claude Attard and James Buhagiar helped the young community reflect on desires, particularly on the tension between our immediate wants, vis-a-vis longer term aspirations. This project has been funded by the Small Initiatives Support Scheme (SIS) managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS) supported by the Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights (MIVC) DEIPMalta Council for the Voluntary SectorHumanists MaltaInklużjoni ... See MoreSee Less
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7 days ago

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Gladly we announce that Humanists Malta will be partnering in the below-approved project. Keep tuned for more information coming up soon.Thanks ASUR - Asociatia Secular-Umanista din Romania for your work and dedication📣Vești bune la început de an! 📣Un nou proiect Erasmus Plus tocmai a fost aprobat! Pregătim un training complex, despre știință și drepturile omului, în colaborare cu parteneri din Malta și Bulgaria. Mai multe detalii în curând!#FABFUTURE #ErasmusPlus #ASUR #Science #HumanRights #YouthWork ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

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During our first session at Friends of the Earth Malta and Generation Change?, James Buhagiar helped the young community to reflect on what makes us human, particularly our freedom to become who we wish to be. This project has been funded by the Small Initiatives Support Scheme (SIS) managed by the Malta Council for the Voluntary Sector (MCVS) supported by the Ministry for Inclusion, Voluntary Organisations and Consumer Rights (MIVC) Malta Council for the Voluntary SectorDEIPHumanists MaltaInklużjoni ... See MoreSee Less
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2 weeks ago

Humanists Malta
A court in Malta recently took evidence from an exorcist in response to an accused who claimed to channel a demon when performing various sex acts on a vulnerable family. Although the priest had ‘not encountered a demonic presence’ and had not heard any of the alleged voices, he performed religious rites, including exorcism (he also, sensibly, checked that the family was seeking medical care). It is bizarre that in 2023 a court should consider evidence about demonic possession. Hopefully Fr John Vella was not summoned by the courts as an expert on the matter at hand, and his testimony should ideally revolve clearly around what he observed whilst in the household, rather than whether he had encountered a demonic presence. It is sad that the "highest" institution, which should be unmovable on verifiable evidence, should consider such testimony. No state entity should work under the assumption that Satan or demons exist. But mental and emotional disturbance, delusions, and coercion by evil-doers, do exist. If exorcisms or similar rites ‘work’ (which it seems they didn’t in this case) that’s due to the power of suggestion. This brings to mind the case of Paulina Demska, murdered by a man who claimed that ‘the great one illuminates me’ and the devil told him to kill more people. The danger stemming from fanatical religious belief, in victims or perpetrators, is clear. Those claiming ‘possession’ or their understanding of teachings from such as the River of Love, cannot go unchallenged, including by satirists such as Bis-Serjetà. ... See MoreSee Less
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