IHEU is seeking donations to its Human Rights Defense Fund to help cover legal fees for Leo Igwe, IHEUâ€™s Representative in West Africa. Mr. Igwe and members of his family have been subjected to a sustained campaign of harassment by local police involving multiple arrests on unsubstantiated charges since he began a campaign to bring to justice a powerful local man accused of raping a ten year old girl.
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Humanist Celebrant Margaret Nelson will be talking about baby-naming ceremonies on BBC Radio Suffolk. Not sure how long for – tune in before 11.30 to be sure. If you’re not in Suffolk or N Essex you can listen online.
Note: This has been changed from Tuesday 13th.
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An email from One Law for All:
Several hundred people joined One Law for All on 20 June at Downing Street to show their opposition to Sharia and religious-based laws in Britain and elsewhere and to demand universal rights and secularism.
A new report â€œSharia Law in Britain: A Threat to One Law for All and Equal Rightsâ€ was published on the day to coincide with the rally. Human rights activist Gita Sahgal said of the report: â€œI think it is highly significant that in Britain there has been silence where there should have been condemnation. There is active support for â€˜Sharia lawsâ€™ precisely because it is limited to denying women rights in the family. No hands are being cut off, so there canâ€™t be a problem. Unfortunately for us, senior law officers will find that human rights expert bodies often have a similar attitude. They have done little research on the impact of family laws and the denial of justice caused by parallel systems of justice. That is why the findings of this report are so important. It is such dedicated work that changes the thinking of the experts.â€
Andrew will visit us to talk about “Objections to Humanism”. Please come and make him welcome, and bring interested family and friends.
An outing to the seaside, starting with fish ‘n chips at the Flora Tea Rooms on the beach at Dunwich, then a walk, then tea at the National Trust Centre nearby (if you’re thirsty). Family, friends and neighbouring group members welcome.
Please let us know if you’re coming by Monday 2nd August.
Fish ‘n chip restaurant on the beach at Dunwich.
A DVD from the European Humanist Federation, showing the history of feethinking in Europe, followed by a discussion on humanist history.
On the opposite side of the B1438 to Nottcutts Garden Centre, at 73 Cumberland Street, Woodbridge.
A belated post on World Humanist Day, the beginning of Humanist Week, but some of us have been busy window-dressing. We’ve put together an exhibit in one of the display cases at the County Library in Ipswich (Northgate Street) to mark Humanist Day and Week, so if you’re in town, take a look.
While we were assembling it all (or while Andrew and John were assembling it – I supervised), a couple of people stopped to talk about it, expressing approval. We gave them leaflets.
My thanks to Andrew, John and Marion, and Sue, for all their help. Couldn’t have done it without you!