No Gods, No Masters

10 June 2018

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Venue: Conway Hall, Brockway Room, Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL

Organiser: Rebel City Collective

The Rebel City Collective consists of class struggle anarchists in London. Our aim is to spread anarchist ideas more widely in society. We do this by producing a paper called Rebel City which is now in its 9th issue.

Religious belief is still very strong in the world today, despite predictions that it would disappear with science and the development of a secular society. For many people, this is not a problem - we should be tolerant of the beliefs of others. After all, these beliefs are about things that we can’t prove or disprove and don’t really affect what happens in our society.

Anarchists believe differently. Just as we reject other ‘masters’ such as the bosses or the State, so we reject any belief that looks towards an external authority for what to believe and how to live. In addition, these beliefs very much do affect society, e.g. views on abortion, homosexuality, gender and race.

Throughout history people have used religion as a justification to oppress others, often with extreme violence, e.g. the slave trade, the Crusades and ISIS today.

But how do we argue against religious beliefs? It is especially a problem when these beliefs are held by persecuted minorities and people who we are working within unions and community campaigns. This discussion meeting will consider why anarchists reject religion and then open up the discussion about what strategies we can adopt for challenging religion in our society.