Have you heard of Kiva? Kiva is a non-profit organisation with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Using the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world. There are currently 597,615 members of Kiva, and 16,319 of them are part of the international Atheists, Agnostics, Skeptics, Freethinkers, Secular Humanists and the Non-Religious lending team, demonstrating that we’re all part of one human family. All you need to do to join is loan someone $25. When it’s repaid, you can relend it to someone else. Simple, isn’t it?
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Over 10 million people are at risk in East Africa due to conflict and some areas being affected by the worst drought in 60 years. The DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal will support the work of its members in affected areas of Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and South Sudan. Your donations can help provide life saving aid such as food, water, care for malnourished children and medical treatment.
Please click on the image to donate now to the East Africa Crisis Appeal.
In the past, some atheists have said that they won’t respond to DEC (Disasters Emergency Committee) appeals, because some of the aid organisations involved have a religious ethos. Surely what matters is that the money goes to people who are already in the field, and who can use your money for life-saving work as fast as possible? When people are starving, they’re not worried where their food is coming from. However, if you would prefer to send your money through an organisation that is entirely non-religious, look for Action Aid, Merlin, Save the Children, the Red Cross or Oxfam.
It’s been claimed that waiting for the outcome of a police investigation into the News of the World’s phone hacking allows those involved plenty of time to “lose” a lot of the evidence. Maybe you’d like to sign a petition calling for a full public enquiry now? Click here to sign Hacked Off’s petition.
There is no humanist creed, no set of beliefs to which every humanist has to subscribe. Humanism is not a dogma or a sect…as human beings we can find from our own resources the shared moral values which we need in order to live together, and the means to create meaningful and fulfilling lives for ourselves.
In 2005, our webmaster Nathan Nelson took a series of photos in Phnom Penh’s Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, S-21. Some of them have been used in the new Museum of Memory and Tolerance, a not-for-profit based in Mexico City.
Click here to see more of the photos. Warning: some will find these pictures disturbing.
Successive UK governments have been mucking about with our education system for decades, but it seems to have been almost completely dismantled the previous Labour government, which introduced specialist schools,and academies, and the current government. The comprehensive system may not have been popular with everyone, but it was possible to fix it without destroying it in the process. Nowadays, the emphasis is on parental choice, which usually means that those who shout loudest get the most and their choices aren’t necessarily informed.
The Conservative’s Secretary of State for Education, the Rt Hon Michael Gove MP, who’s never been short of an opinion or invitations to appear on the telly, has a thing about “free schools”; schools free to more or less do what they like, at taxpayers’ expense. Toby Young, also famous for being famous, is their champion, which ought to be enough to make most people think twice, if not several times, about the soundness of the concept. The Free School movement originated in Sweden, where it hasn’t been the huge success that its enthusiasts would like us to think it is. The main beneficiaries seem to be children from more privileged backgrounds, who have all the advantages anyway. In the UK, the idea has been seized upon by religious organisations, so there’s concern about what children will be taught and about children being segregated by religion, at public expense.
Now a group of parents and teachers want to open a free school in Suffolk based on the principles of Rudolph Steiner, the Fullfledge Ecology School.
British artist Darryl Cunningham is working on a book of Science Stories, due out next spring. It’ll include a comic strip explanation of evolution. Meanwhile, you can see the strip on his blog. Darryl says, “I’m sure there’ll be mistakes here, so do feel free to point them out, so that I can make the necessary changes. Thank you.”
On the subject of evolution, have you read our page about Creationism and Intelligent Design? Click here if you haven’t.