Author: Margaret

May newsletter & AGM

Our latest newsletter is ready, with reports of our activities over the past year and an invitation to our AGM and a pub lunch. Click on the heading and then click here to download it (PDF).

14th April meeting: Richy Thompson on Faith schools

Our events calendar seems to have deleted itself, so apologies for not posting this sooner. We have a guest speaker on Tuesday 14th April. Richy Thompson from the BHA is coming to talk to us about faith schools. Around a third of all state-funded schools are schools ‘with a religious character’ – the legal term for ‘faith’ schools. This number has grown in recent years as successive governments have increased...

A capricious, mean-minded, stupid god . . .

Stephen Fry was interviewed by Gay Byrne for RTÉ One’s ‘The Meaning of Life’ today. Knowing that Fry is an atheist, Byrne asked him what he’d say if he was “confronted by God” at the Pearly Gates. Fry replied, I’d say, bone cancer in children? What’s that about? How dare you? How dare you create a world to which there is such misery that is not our fault. It’s not right, it’s utterly,...

January newsletter, out now

Our latest newsletter is ready for you to download. There are articles about our contribution to the annual Human Rights Day celebration based on Article 18 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights, what group members thought about “British values”, and differing views about atheism and anti-theism. Click here to download it (PDF). Note: if you’re viewing this on the home page, the link won’t work. Click on the heading...

This is what secularism means, not what Donald Morrison thinks it means

Hardly a week goes by without someone displaying their ignorance in public about what secularism means. This is a simple explanation, for the benefit of anyone, like Baroness Warsi, Eric Pickles MP, the Pope, and Donald Morrison of the Free Church of Scotland (who pities secularists), who doesn’t know what he or she’s talking about. The video was produced by QualiaSoup for the National Secular Society.

New book about Suffolk people, their faiths and beliefs, including Humanism

We’ve been affiliated to the Suffolk Inter-Faith Resource (SIFRE) since its inception in 1991, at about the same time that our group was founded. Among other things, it’s allowed us to contribute to educational activities in the county, in schools and other statutory and voluntary bodies, including local government. An off-shoot of SIFRE became the East of England Faiths Agency, which provides speakers for all of these organisations, and members...

Do you know how complex feet are?

This question is asked in an amazing half hour rant by Megan Fox, a Christian creationist Tea Party supporting home-schooling American “mom”, made when she visited the evolution exhibit in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. The sad thing is that she doesn’t realise how wrong she is, that she’s teaching her children a load of nonsense, and that she’s making a total fool of herself online, since the...

The problem with Secularism

The problem with Secularism is that too many people don’t know what it means. It’s frequently used to describe a form of repressive atheism that’s anti-religion. The National Secular Society explains it succinctly: Secularism is a principle that involves two basic propositions. The first is the strict separation of the state from religious institutions. The second is that people of different religions and beliefs are equal before the law. The former...

New BHA posters on the Underground

Posters featuring quotes and reflections from prominent British humanists – much-loved novelists George Eliot and Virginia Woolf and philosophers Bertrand Russell and A C Grayling – will appear in 100 London Underground stations from 22 September until 5 October and in other UK cities in following weeks. Click here to find out more and download copies.