How To Look Good Dead

Rory Fenton | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rory Fenton

I was told once that the best way to know a city is to get lost in it. I can't say if this is a universal truth but with my truly terrible sense of direction I've had plenty of chances to put it to the test. It was just this Monday that I made my favourite finding to date.

Church Of The Flying Spaghetti Monster Granted Permission To Register As A Religion In Poland

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK

A Church which worships a deity in the form of a plate of spaghetti and meatballs has been granted permission to register itself as an official religi...

No Eric Pickles We Are Not a Christian Nation

John Sargeant | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

You see Mr Pickles, the Scots understand a pluralistic, religiously diverse country better than you do. The Irony is we might just be about to lose them because you do not understand what did make Britain a nation.

Militant Atheists Should 'Get Over It'

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 06.04.2014 | UK

Britain is a "Christian nation" and militant atheists should "get over it", according to Communities Secretary Eric Pickles. The Conservative MP, ...

New Saudi Arabian Laws Define Atheists As Terrorists

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 02.04.2014 | UK

Atheists are being defined as terrorists under a raft of new Saudi Arabian laws, a report from Human Rights Watch states. The new laws are accompa...

Mehdi Hasan

He's A 'Secular Fundamentalist' | Mehdi Hasan | Posted 29.03.2014 | UK Politics

Baroness Warsi has denounced atheist academic Richard Dawkins as a "secular fundamentalist", as she spoke about tackling Islamophobia. During a wid...

'More Britons Believe In Ghosts Than God'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 27.03.2014 | UK

Britons are apparently now more likely to believe in ghosts than God. A survey has claimed that it's more likely that a person has faith in the sup...

Critiquing Islam or Islamophobia?

Liam Deacon | Posted 20.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Liam Deacon

For nine years in a row a controversial resolution on, "Combating Defamation of Religions," described by some as an, "international blasphemy law," has been consistently losing support in the United Nations General Assembly.

By Censoring Its Atheist Society, South Bank Student Union Is Failing to Protect Its Students' Rights

Rory Fenton | Posted 12.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rory Fenton

In a move beyond parody, London South Bank University's Student Union removed posters from its Atheists Society depicting a god on the grounds that they were offensive. The god in question was the Flying Spaghetti Monster, a deity invented as satire in protest against the teaching of Intelligent Design in Kansas; a god that, quite literally, nobody believes in.

Flying Spaghetti Monster Poster Removed From Atheist Society Stall

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 10.02.2014 | UK

A poster which replaced the image of God from the Sistine Chapel with a picture of the Flying Spaghetti Monster has been removed after with a row with...

What Do Atheists Tell Their Children?

James Conmy | Posted 04.04.2014 | UK Lifestyle
James Conmy

That night, I spend some time thinking about what we tell our children, about Heaven and God, about what happens when we die - and although I don't believe in any of it, I tell myself that, right now, it's ok for him to believe. After all, as a five-year-old, there are plenty of things that he believes in that I know aren't true.

Atheist Superbowl Advert Mocks Those Who Turn To Prayer

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 30.01.2014 | UK

No country combines sport, politics and religion quite like the US. Just watch this weekend’s Superbowl for a barrage of chest-beating nationalism a...

My Interview With God

Ariane Sherine | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Comedy
Ariane Sherine

Jehovah tells me, "I am available to answer any and all questions". Still grieving the loss of his mother, who died suddenly in November, he is friendly, polite, genuine and says he enjoyed the atheist bus campaign. Over to his alter-ego...

On Blasphemy

Alexander Leivesley | Posted 26.03.2014 | UK Politics
Alexander Leivesley

I would like to offer my full support to Mr. Nawaz for championing free expression and not cowering away in the face of such horrendous responses or bowing to religious fundamentalists. Nawaz embodies the spirit of liberalism and secular values, and is certainly an asset to the Liberal Democrats.

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Five: Someone Else's Words to Shout or Sing

Ben Whitnall | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

The Bible can function in the same way as your favourite novel, poem, movie script or soundbite-friendly pop scientist. You don't have to consider yourself religious to find words in the Bible that give voice to something you're struggling to say yourself.

Afghan Atheist Granted UK Asylum On The Grounds His Lack Of Religion Could Result In A Death Sentence

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK

An Afghan citizen has been granted UK asylum on religious grounds – in what is believed to be the first case of its kind. The man fled Kabul alo...

The Bible for Non-religious People, Part Four: Creative Inspiration

Ben Whitnall | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Ben Whitnall

We all need a little help to get the creative juices flowing from time to time. Maybe you're stuck for ideas, or just need something to get you started: a story, a character, a concept to embrace or to react against.

Why We Need Richard Dawkins

John Sargeant | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

Dawkins' passion for not just calling out pseudo-science but explaining what the science actually is, expressing real poetry in how things are without needing to imagine what we cannot know. Quite simply it is enthralling to hear complex subjects so beautifully explained by Dawkins.

Manchester's Eruv Shows the Sillier Side of Religious Practice

James O'Malley | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK
James O'Malley

Apparently Manchester's Jewish community have constructed the UK's largest eruv. So what is an eruv? Some orthodox Jews obey the rules that say they ...

Atheist Sworn Into Town Council Wearing Colander On His Head

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Our American brothers are a religious lot, with a rather unfortunate habit of mixing belief with politics. However, atheism scored a small victory...

The Bible for Non-Religious People. Part 2: Decisions Are Made by Those Who Show Up

Ben Whitnall | Posted 05.03.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

You don't consider yourself a Christian - or a religious person in any way, in fact. So why should you read the Bible - surely that's just for people who go to church every Sunday?

The Bible for Non-Religious People: Part 1 - An Undervalued Resource

Ben Whitnall | Posted 04.03.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

Here we go, then: new year, new start, new resolutions, a time to try new things. My suggestion for 2014? Check out the massively influential, blockbuster-inspiring, world best-selling book... that nobody reads.

LSE Apologises To Atheist Students Over Mohammed Jesus T-Shirt Row

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 20.12.2013 | UK Universities & Education

The London School of Economics has apologised to two atheist students for threatening to kick them of a freshers fair if they did not cover up their t...

How Plausible Is a Good Person?

Ariane Sherine | Posted 17.02.2014 | UK
Ariane Sherine

"How plausible is a good atheist?" asked Christian Today last week. Given that most people in Britain are de facto atheists, living their lives with only a desultory nod to religion, the question might as well have been "How plausible is a good person?"

Hard Evidence: Is Christianity Dying in Britain?

The Conversation UK | Posted 29.01.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

The Church is "one generation away from extinction," he declares. The reality is less dramatic, but the story is not altogether wrong. Young adults in Britain are far less likely than their parents and grandparents to have a religious identity. The Church of England in particular has been squeezed hard by the trend away from religion.