Category: Diary

No more deference – assert your atheism!

For a long time, Christians have been dominating American politics and public life even more than they do here. It’s been hard to find any American atheists willing to come out of the closet, but things are changing. Richard Dawkins’ book ‘The God Delusion’ has had record sales and his promotional lecture tour has drawn large audiences, many of them sympathetic.

Universal dark matter

One of the greatest mysteries of the universe is about to be unravelled with the first detailed, three-dimensional map of dark matter – the invisible material that makes up most of the cosmos.

Astronomers announced yesterday that they have achieved the apparently impossible task of creating a picture of something that has defied every attempt to detect it since its existence was first postulated in 1933.

A Xmas message to Prof Muller

Professor Dave Muller is Principal of Suffolk College, Ipswich.

For the past 2 or 3 years, the college has had a “Celebration of Community” in the summer term, with a procession through the town and a church service, involving the Mayor and other dignitaries.

We’ve been invited but haven’t attended because we don’t go to church – for obvious reasons. I’ve written to Prof. Muller a couple of times, explaining why we think it’s not a good idea to celebrate the community with a Christian service, and why we won’t join in, but so far he hasn’t replied. So this is what he’s getting with his Xmas card from Suffolk Humanists:

Suffolk Humanists on Radio Suffolk

Suffolk Humanists met BBC Radio Suffolk's Rachel Sloane when she came to our meeting on 11 December. The encounter will be included in Rachel's programme on 95.5, 95.9, 103.9 and 104.6 fm. You can also listen again via the BBC Suffolk website.

Action Aid Coffee Morning – cancelled

Coffee Break

NOTE: this event has been cancelled due to urgent dental surgery, but please get in touch with Action Aid to find out more about Fair Trade.

Action Aid's 24 Hour Coffee Break. A 100g jar of instant coffee costs £1.94, yet a Ugandan coffee farmer only earns 7p. Buy fair trade products to make a difference. We drink fair trade tea and coffee at Suffolk Humanist meetings.

Whose morality?

Ministers have been accused of overturning the nation’s morality in a searing attack on new gay rights laws by a leading Roman Catholic churchman.
Archbishop of Birmingham Vincent Nichols threatened to withdraw Catholic co-operation with the Government over schools, charity programmes and adoption agencies if the new sexual orientation regulations go ahead.

Link: Don’t impose your morality: Catholic Archbishop attacks gay rights bill | the Daily Mail

Maybe Archbishop Nichols needs a reality check. “The nation” is generally more tolerant and enlightened than him, especially young people. The National Centre for Social Research’s 2002 British Social Attitudes survey included questions on racial prejudice and prejudice towards homosexuals.

17 million British Humanists?

The Suffolk Humanist group, Suffolk Humanists, is affiliated to the British Humanist Association, which recently commissioned an Ipsos MORI poll about British attitudes towards religion and humanism. The following is part of a press release that’s been sent to all the Suffolk media. Feel free to draw the attention of anyone who may be interested, such as your MP and county councillor, to what it says.