The more publicity that’s given to the Darwin bi-centenary, the nastier some creationists become. The Atheist Bus Campaign began in reaction to some messages about non-believers burning in a lake of hellfire for eternity, and now that nice David Attenborough is being told he’ll burn in hell, for not giving God credit for his “creation”.
Stonewall, the campaigning organisation for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals, has named Suffolk County Council as being among the top one hundred employers for these groups for the second year running. SCC has “diversity champions” at all levels in its organisation.
A statue of Charles Darwin as a young man will be unveiled at Christ’s College, Cambridge, on 12th February, the bi-centenary of his birth. Sculptor Anthony Smith says he wants to change Darwin’s image from that of a “wizened Victorian gentleman”.
The Advertising Standards Authority decided today that the atheist bus ads didn’t break its code. Stephen Green of Christian Voice must be seething, tee hee! All aboard please, ding ding!
Graham Nunn‘s video of the bus launch on 6th January, with Ariane Sherine, Hanne Stinson, A C Grayling, Richard Dawkins and Graham Lineham. Graham Nunn wrote, “The footage is a bit shaky at times, for which I apologise, but it was very cold and I couldn’t stop shivering.” How did Ariane manage to speak without her teeth chattering, in a skimpy T-shirt?
On Saturday I conducted a Humanist wedding and a naming at a local Unitarian Meeting House, a wonderful venue at which we are always made most welcome. After the ceremony some people came up to me and said they’d enjoyed the whole thing so much they were going to start coming every Sunday!