Category: Diary

The Scouts’ promise – only for the religious

ScoutsUK scouts must be prepared to make the Scout Promise:

On My Honour, I promise that I will do my best
To do my duty to God and to the Queen,
To help other people
And to keep the Scout Law.

The Scout Association’s website claims that,

Scouting is open to all young people aged 6 to 25 of every faith and background. There are also plenty of opportunities for adults to become involved as Leaders, Assistants or Administrators.

However, what it doesn’t say is that scouting is not open to those who don’t have a faith. Since 65% of 12–19 year-olds aren’t religious, this policy effectively excludes a majority of young people.

On 24 January, Keith Porteous Wood of the National Secular Society and Hanne Stinson of the British Humanist Association met the Scouts’ Chief Executive, Derek Twine, together with Scout Company Executive David Shelmerdine and the Chairman of Trustees Mike Goodison. Keith and Hanne sought to persuade the Scouts to change its discriminatory policy and make the religious part of its promise optional. So far, the Scouts have refused to consider this.

Adopt-a-flower for your ethical Valentine

If you’re the romantic type and want to give flowers to your beloved on Valentine’s Day, consider an alternative to expensive flowers flown from abroad and do your bit for conservation by adopting a British wild flower on his or her behalf.

The Extraordinary Case Of The Pagan And The Multicultural Prayer Room

An extraordinary — one might almost say unbelievable — industrial tribunal case in Manchester in March gave a rare insight into how attempts to accommodate “multicultural” religious needs at work actually appear only to apply to Muslims. It developed around a spat between Muslim employees at the Royal Mail and a member of the Odinist Fellowship (a group that apparently worships the old Nordic gods).

BBC Radio Suffolk interview with our “foreign correspondent”

BBC Radio Suffolk presenter Rachel Sloane will phone Suffolk (and Cambodian) Humanist Nathan Nelson in Siem Reap, Cambodia, to talk on air about what he’s doing there.

BBC Radio Suffolk’s FM frequencies are 103.9 (Ipswich), 104.6 (west Suffolk), 95.5 (Lowestoft), 95.9 (Aldeburgh). It’s not available on medium wave or DAB, but you can listen live online – see link below.

Radio discussion about the Scout Promise

Margaret Nelson will talk about the Scout Association’s discrimination against non-religious young people with presenter Rachel Sloane and the Scouts’ County Commissioner.

BBC Radio Suffolk’s FM frequencies are 103.9 (Ipswich), 104.6 (west Suffolk), 95.5 (Lowestoft), 95.9 (Aldeburgh). It’s not available on medium wave or DAB, but you can listen live online – see link below.

The IHEU 17th World Humanist Congress

ConferenceLogo08Join the International Humanist and Ethical Union and the American Humanist Association for the 17th annual World Humanist Congress in Washington DC at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel. This exciting event will be held June 5-8, 2008, with extended activities June 4 and 9.

Humanist Thought for the Day, Radio Suffolk

Margaret Nelson provides a Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Suffolk for 2 minutes sometime between 7.25 and 7.35 am.

BBC Radio Suffolk’s FM frequencies are 103.9 (Ipswich), 104.6 (west Suffolk), 95.5 (Lowestoft), 95.9 (Aldeburgh). It’s not available on medium wave or DAB, but you can listen live online – see link below.

Darwin Day Thought for the Day

Margaret Nelson provides a Thought for the Day on BBC Radio Suffolk for 2 minutes sometime between 7.25 and 7.35 am. Today’s will be about Darwin Day – the anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin.

BBC Radio Suffolk’s FM frequencies are 103.9 (Ipswich), 104.6 (west Suffolk), 95.5 (Lowestoft), 95.9 (Aldeburgh). It’s not available on medium wave or DAB, but you can listen live online – see link below.

Apologies for giving the wrong time, so you may have missed the broadcast. T4TD has been brought forward to an earlier slot and I hadn’t realised. Sorry!

Buy carrots day

Go out and buy carrots. Make soup. Have fun. You’ll see much better in the dark!

A silly idea that started on Facebook.