Who are we?
Our mission is to promote the growth and interaction of atheists in Kenya.
We welcome atheists, free thinkers, scientists, the LGBTiQ community, gender rights groups, human rights groups, historians and secularists to join us, partner and work with us.
At AIK, we are passionate about our work. Our values are the foundation of what we do and how we do it. The key values that guide our work are:
- Community: We foster collaboration and connection, and create an inclusive and supportive environment for our staff, members, and volunteers.
- Citizenship: We are mindful of our responsibility to our community and our world, and act purposefully to meet our obligations to both.
- Diversity: We encourage and cultivate a climate of awareness, inclusiveness, and respect in everything we do, and we value and celebrate any and all differences among our staff, members and partners.
- Excellence: We establish and adhere to high standards of performance in all that we do.
- Innovation: We actively seek out and implement forward-looking ideas and strategies in order to be nimble, flexible, and proactive.
- Impact: Our work aligns policies and practices at all levels with the highest ethical standards in research.
- Integrity: Our policies and practices support our mission, and we are committed to being a transparent and ethical organization.
- Leadership: We work toward a future in which all stakeholders understand and share a commitment to the centrality of ethics to advancing science.
- Respect: We honor the contributions of subjects to research, the commitment of scientists to advancing knowledge, and the efforts of all those who support responsible research and serve as a bridge between subjects and scientists.
Our Philosophical and Ethical Stance
Our philosophical and ethical stance is humanism which emphasizes the value and agency of human beings, individually and collectively, and generally prefers critical thinking and evidence (rationalism, empiricism) over acceptance of dogma or superstition.
Humanism is a broad worldview which describes a number of shades of opinion, but the core set of beliefs and values can be summarised as follows:
A humanist …
1. Trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural (and is therefore an atheist or agnostic)
2. Makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals
believes that, in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe, human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.
Our Quest for Registration
In a letter addressed to the then Attorney General, Prof. Githu Muigai, the group demanded to be told why the registration of atheists in Kenya society was rejected. The then Deputy Registrar of Societies, Mr Joseph Onyango, had earlier rejected the registration of the atheist society on the grounds that atheism goes against the Constitution of Kenya. After months of back and forth discussions, the Attorney General yielded to demand to have the society registered. The Atheists In Kenya Society was a legally registered society in February 17th, 2016.
SuspensionBarely two months after the society was registered, the government of Kenya through the office of the attorney general (Prof. Githu Muigai) suspended the society following an uproar from religious groups in April 2016 on grounds that it’s registration was a threat to the peace and good order of the country.
Legal RedressHarrison Mumia moved to the High Court to challenge the suspension of the society. The High Court, in a historic judgement made on February 2018 by Justice Chacha Mwita found that the Attorney General had acted illegally by suspending the society and quashed suspension.
Our Key Objectives
To promote the rational, open and scientific examination of the universe and our place in it.
We believe that science provides the best way to understand the history of the natural world and how the natural world works, with observable physical evidence as the basis of that understanding.
To advocate that ethics and morality be meaningfully based on rational and humanistic ideals and values
Human thriving is our basis of a solid morality. If your actions lead to the further thriving of humans, then this would be moral. If your actions lead to harmful consequences, then this would be immoral.
To promote skeptical inquiry
We seek to promote critical thinking and the use of reason in examining important issues. We encourage the critical investigation of controversial or extraordinary claims from a responsible, scientific point of view
To provide community for atheists
Through our monthly meetings and our social media groups, we provide an opportunity for atheists to meet and interact.
To organize activities, such as forums for discussion, guest
We organize discussion forums every month where we discuss issues that affect atheists. We invite guest speakers and encourage debate during our meetings.
To foster public acceptance of atheists in Kenya
We promote the acceptance understanding of atheists through education, outreach, and community building.