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A Debate of the Heart: Fighting for Human Rights (Grand Rapids)


CFI-Michigan is pleased to co-sponsor this lecture with The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism

(Leo will also be presenting this same lecture on Tuesday, July 22nd in Farmington Hills:

For some time, humanists have been preoccupied with a very important debate - the debate of the mind. Humanists have articulated excellent, awakening, enlightening and groundbreaking ideas. Atheists and Agnostics have written best selling books marshalling arguments that have shaken the foundations of religious and dogmatic systems.

But humanists focused so much on the debate of the mind that they have ignored another very important debate - the debate of the heart. Leo's presentation will focus on how humanists can robustly engage in the debate of the heart by applying humanism's best selling ideas to the fight for the basic human rights of persons.

He will also speak about his current work shining a light on the appalling practice of witchcraft accusations-mainly towards old women who are banished to witch camps in Ghana and Nigeria. Leo's has persisted in this courageous and important work despite being harassed, arrested, and beaten by authorities in these countries.

In addition to our lecture on the 23rd he will also be speaking at The Birmingham Temple Congregation for Humanistic Judaism on Tuesday July 22 at 7 pm. Address: 28611 W 12 Mile Rd, Farmington Hills, MI 48334

About the Speaker
Leo Igwe is an award-winning Nigerian human rights activist, JREF Research Fellow, and a former Western and Southern African representative to the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He has bravely worked to end a variety of human rights violations, including anti-gay hate, sorcery, witchcraft, ritual killing, human sacrifice, "untouchability", caste discrimination, "child witch" superstition, and anti-blasphemy laws in Ghana and Nigeria.


  • Meetings are open to the Public
  • Cost: FREE / $5.00 Suggested Donation.
  • After the meeting, join us at Vitale's Restaurant, 834 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids, MI to socialize.
  • Contact: Jennifer Beahan, [masked],[masked]

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