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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.

Photo from The Telegraph.

Justin Welby’s doubts

The Archbishop of Canterbury was interviewed while on a visit to Bristol, when he expressed his problem with doubt. The Telegraph reports, Britain’s most senior churchman, who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself “Is there a God?” and “Where is God? He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the...

September News

  Our latest newsletter is ready for you to download now. The content includes: Sunday Assemblies – church without God? “Persecuted” Christians, and a call for evidence from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC). Caliphates, not a good idea. What can the faiths contribute to caring? And much more. Click here to get your copy (pdf).

Sunday Assemblies – would you join one?

Like a church, but without God. Since the first Sunday Assembly in London last January, they’ve been springing up all over the place. Songs, readings and inspirational speakers are on offer to enthusiastic atheists and others. Does the idea appeal to you? Come and share your thoughts at our meeting on 9th September (see calendar). The Sunday Assembly website says, The Sunday Assembly is a godless congregation that celebrates life....

End compulsory worship in schools – petition

Though an increasing proportion of the UK population has no religious faith, or has a faith other than Christianity, children are still expected to participate in collective worship that is “broadly Christian” at their morning assemblies. Successive education ministers have said that they’d review the situation, yet done nothing about it. Now even the National Governors’ Association has said that a religious assembly every day should be scrapped because they are “meaningless”...

Great blasphemies

The BHA is sharing cartoons by Martin Rowson on the theme of blasphemy in the run-up to the World Humanist Congress next month. This one’s about Socrates. Tickets for the congress, beginning on 7th August, are sold out. Look out for YouTube videos of the speakers.

Caliphate? Get real!

The ISIS fighters in Iraq who’ve declared a new “caliphate” are ignoring history. Channel 4 News explains why it won’t work – “… their vision of a medieval-style religious state is based on false view of early Islamic history, according to experts.” Click here to read more. Harun al-Rashid (763 – 809) was Caliph in the 8th century. He was known as “the just”, and his reign coincided with the Islamic “Golden...