British Humanist Association

Offended? That's the Price of Freedom

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.11.2016 | UK
Andrew Copson

In 2008, the blasphemy laws were abolished in England and Wales. They protected the tender sympathies of the Anglican God against any insults whether ...

New Proposals Will Lead To The Greatest Growth In Religious Segregation In The History Of English Schools

Andrew Copson | Posted 14.09.2017 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

If we want meaningful integration in our diverse society, we must have it in our schools. All the available evidence supports this claim. It is a truth which should have led to significant reform of England's education system a very long time ago indeed. Instead, it has barely figured in education policy.

Only By Accepting That Britain Is No Longer a Christian Country Can We Start to Look Towards Real Equality

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.12.2016 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

Ceasing to look ever backwards in that way, coming to terms instead with a very different present reality, and planning for a more cohesive future society on the basis of that will take us all - religious and humanist alike - well out of our comfort zones. But it is an essential task. The strikingly diverse Commission that produced today's report has taken that first step forward. Hopefully public authorities and governments across the UK will continue that journey.

Humanists Hail Victory As Government Overruled By High Court Judge. Again.

The Huffington Post UK | Jack Sommers | Posted 25.11.2015 | UK

Humanists are celebrating a "landmark" legal victory in their fight with the government over a GCSE Religious Studies (RS) teaching they say would pri...

Why My Heathen Kids Need a Religious Education

Michelle Beckett | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Michelle Beckett

I would like my children to have an understanding of different religious worldviews, and in turn, I want other kids of all faiths to understand theirs, and how it shapes the choices and decisions they make in life.

Humanists Can Be Proud of Britain

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.10.2014 | UK
Andrew Copson

1000 humanists from over 60 countries are assembling in Oxford today for the 2014 World Humanist Congress. This triennial gathering of members of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) unites men and women from across the globe who believe that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity alone, without religious beliefs.

Attorney General Defends Cameron Over Controversial 'Christian Country' Comments

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 22.04.2014 | UK

Attorney General Dominic Grieve has become the latest high profile figure to flock to the defense of the prime minister over his recent insistence tha...

David Cameron Is Wrong on Britain and Christianity

Peter Tatchell | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

It is wrong for David Cameron to single out Christians for special praise, to offer them privileged access to Downing Street and to support an expanded role for Christian groups in providing essential public services.

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...

Jessica Elgot

Stonewall 'Some People Are Gay' Posters To Be Challenged By Gay Cure Group | Jessica Elgot | Posted 17.10.2013 | UK

A gay cure group is to pursue Transport for London for allowing Stonewall to display its “Some people are gay. Get over it!” campaign on London bu...

Is Section 28 Still In Force?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 20.10.2013 | UK

Dozens of British schools have been accused of having homophobic sex education policies in line with the notorious 'section 28' of years gone by. C...

BBC Criticised For Lack Of Atheist Views

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 03.07.2013 | UK

The BBC has come under fire for the lack of atheists featured on its programme, as secularists said it did not give due weight to the opinions of thos...

Change My Mind: Should Faith Schools Discriminate On Grounds Of Religion?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.06.2013 | UK

A new campaign launched in an attempt to end schools selecting pupils based on their faith has provoked strong, passionate debate from either side. ...

Jessica Elgot

'Ban Schools From Picking Pupils Based On Faith' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.06.2013 | UK

Atheist campaigners along with several prominent religious leaders have launched a controversial new campaign to ban schools from selecting children o...

Why Is The Government Opposing 'Humanist' Weddings?

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.05.2013 | UK

The government is refusing to back plans for couples to be able to hold "non-religious" wedding ceremonies, despite previously pledging support, accor...

How Many Members Makes a National Church?

Andrew Copson | Posted 07.07.2013 | UK
Andrew Copson

The Church of England tried to put a brave face on it but the Anglican church attendance figures for 2011 published this week pose a serious challenge for any church defending its position as the national, established, top religious organisation.

Church Of England Accused Of 'Dishonesty' In Prayer Survey Findings

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 26.03.2013 | UK

Atheists have accused the Church of England of "spinning" the results of research that claimed ‘four out of five believe in the power of prayer’ a...

Jessica Elgot

Causing Widespread Offence | Jessica Elgot | Posted 22.03.2013 | UK

Banning 'gay cure' posters on London buses was not unlawful, a High Court judge ruled on Friday, but suggested two prominent campaigns, one by Stonewa...

Less Atheism, More Humanism

Chris Price | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK
Chris Price

Atheism is a dirty word. But not as dirty, apparently, as humanism.

The Census Results Speak for Themselves, Government Should Listen

Andrew Copson | Posted 10.02.2013 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

We know from research done since the last census that most people who tick 'Christian' do so for cultural or ethnic reasons rather than religious ones and only 48% of those who tick 'Christian' believe that Jesus Christ was real person who was the son of god and rose from the dead.

Humanists Join Church School Fight

PA | Posted 15.11.2012 | UK

The British Humanist Association has joined parents and their supporters in a High Court battle against proposals for a new Roman Catholic secondary s...

Reforming Section 5

Andrew Copson | Posted 02.09.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

To uphold freedom of speech for everyone, atheist and religious, Section 5 must be reformed now.

If the Church Thinks Introduction of Same-Sex Civil Marriage Means Their Disestablishment...

Andrew Copson | Posted 12.08.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

...does that mean it's okay to go ahead in Northern Ireland and Wales where the Church isn't established anyway?