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This is an update of news from International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). You can find the full versions of these news stories on their web site. They’re also on twitter, Facebook and YouTube.Visit to subscribe.

IHEU condemns Holy See for undermining democracy and human rights
Speaking at the 18th session of the UN Human Rights Council on 23 September, IHEU representative Cathy Buchs condemned the Vatican for attempting to undermine democracy and human rights by insisting that child abuse cases be judged under the churches’ own rules of canon law rather than the laws of the state…. Read more

National Secular Society intervention aims to protect UK equality laws from religious onslaught
The National Secular Society (NSS), an IHEU member organization, has submitted an intervention with the European Court of Human Rights to argue that Britain’s equality laws should be upheld and not compromised by religious exemptions. Read more

Research debunks the myth that Christians contribute more to society
Secular people are just as likely to participate in society as religious people, suggests new research by the British government. The British Humanist Association (BHA) has welcomed the findings as further evidence against the idea – increasingly advanced by religious and government leaders – that religion increases people’s contribution to society. The survey also revealed that Christians were much less likely than any other belief group to mix with people of different beliefs or ethnicities. Read more

Otley Green

Otley Green

Suffolk Humanists & Secularists member Tony Barrett is chairman of Otley Green, and has sent the following urgent message (Otley Green has until 5pm today, Friday 30th September, to find more Energyshare supporters):

OtleyGreen’s Community Turbine project has successfully reached Energyshare’s second round. We need yet more supporters to get into the third round. If you haven’t yet become a supporter we would be very grateful if you would sign up. If you are already one of our supporters, please pass this message on.

Becoming an Energyshare Supporter is an easy 5 step process:

  1. Go to;
  2. Press the SUPPORT THIS GROUP button on the right hand side of the screen;
  3. Press the SIGN UP button in the new window;
  4. Complete the form. You can ignore the profile information. You will not get emails unless you want them;
  5. You will receive a confirmation email. Just click on the confirmation link. You are now a supporter.

Thank you very, very much for your support Tony Barrett, Chairman OtleyGreen.

Otley, Suffolk

Village a few miles north of Ipswich.

Science in the Pub

The Pub people are doing experiments at their next meeting. This is what they wrote on Facebook:

Our next meeting will be at the new venue of the Brewery Tap. It has the advantage that we can use a side room so any bubbling experiments can be more easily contained 😉 We’ll either be in the room immediately on the right as you go in, or upstairs.

Then, as an afterthought:

If you bring something that starts bubbling that isn’t beer, the garden area outside would be more appropriate.

Feeling connected not only does you good, it makes you good, apparently

Recent research by academics from Britain and Austria has indicated that when people feel connected to others, they’re more likely to act altruistically. The report showed that “Nearly half of the participants who had been reminded of their social connections donated to the Red Cross, whereas fewer than 20 percent of the other participants did.” Click here to read more.

More bad news about African gay men – Cameroon locks them up

Alice N'Kom

In the last two weeks, Cameroon gay men have been thrown in jail just for being gay. The situation is approaching a crisis and Alice N’Kom, an attorney, is ready to confront the President to demand the release of those arrested and an end to laws that make being gay a crime. Please click here to support Alice by signing a letter to the President of Cameroon.