Humanism

Atheist Students Must Fight Back

Rory Fenton | Posted 04.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Rory Fenton

Students have rights, their beliefs don't. If there is one message universities need to hear at the end of this academic year, it's this. For non-religious students on campuses across the UK, 2013-14 has been the most challenging year to date, with criticism of religion censored and religious rules enforced in lecture theatres. It has also seen the start of a significant fight-back.

The Feminist Market: The Buying and Selling of Supposed Liberation

Gregor Smith | Posted 23.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

What's needed isn't bestselling feminism, or even radical feminism, but an ethical humanism more radical than feminism. A movement that actually demands change of the existing cultures and tries to get every human to act towards it, rather than the sort of change that inspires people to buy a different brand of beauty product.

David Cameron Is Wrong on Britain and Christianity

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G 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.

Dangerous For Cameron To Call Britain A 'Christian Country'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.04.2014 | UK

Calling Britain a "Christian country" sows seeds of dangerous division, a coalition of 50 leading scientists, writers and academics has said, criticis...

Being Called a 'Fundamentalist Secularist' Is an Insult I Would Welcome

George Gillett | Posted 03.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
George Gillett

It is this debate that secularists, both religious and otherwise, are fighting for. The movement doesn't aim to destroy or dismantle religion, but to create a society where no one group is granted special privilege or power. A society which ensures that all beliefs are protected and welcomed equally. But this debate can only be had once you stop using "secularism" as a slur.

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.

Feminism Isn't For Men Too - In Fact, It's Not For Women Either

Gregor Smith | Posted 15.03.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Gregor Smith

Have you ever read something you think is so outrageously wrong you have to correct it? Well, that feeling overwhelmed me when I read fellow Huffington Post UK blogger Jack Fletcher's post entitled Feminism Is For Men Too. I'm now going to spend the next few hundred words explaining and defending why not agreeing with feminism is not the same as being a misogynist.

Moving Beyond The God Debate

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

As Aurelius states if there is such a being that comprehends like us virtue and the good life then they will understand my conclusions. I will not live my life fearing an unjust celestial being that needs appeasing by frivolous tokens of submission to outrages gestures. My intention is to try and live a good life without such an entity.

Bringing Emotions Back Into Medicine

Elizabeth Dzeng | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Elizabeth Dzeng

I had always thought I could never be a great doctor because I felt too emotionally bound to my patients. It was impossible for me to hold back tears when feeling that gut wrenching empathy for families mourning the passing of their loved ones. Because it always seemed as if I were the only resident moved by these scenes, I reasoned that this was an unprofessional impulse.

Why I Am About to Take to the Pulpit in an Atheist Church

Michelle Beckett | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Michelle Beckett

The goal of the Sunday Assembly is to live better, help often & wonder more. To uplift, refresh, help, support. Put a spring in your step. Recognise it can be tough and get together to deal with it.

Jessica Elgot

Boy Scouts To Allow Atheists For The First Time In 106 Years (VIDEO)

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 08.10.2013 | UK

Atheists will now be able to join the Scouts for the first time in the association's 106 year history. The move seems to have, miraculously, satisf...

Interfaith Dialogue, Humanists and T-Shirts

John Sargeant | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
John Sargeant

The issue for me is what the purpose of the meeting is meant to be. If it is just a public relations exercise then it seems pointless. If on the other hand real concerns are being debated, for example where religious hatred is manifesting itself in society and people are stirring up violence, such dialogue may help people to appreciate what is happening in their community.

Steven Pinker and the Decline of Humanism

Jules Evans | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Jules Evans

Scientism and materialism have led to a gradual drying up of poetry, myths and sacred narratives - and hence a thinning of meaning and flattening of emotion. I suspect, if the next three centuries are as rough as scientists tell us they will be, we will need stories, ones that give us hope and purpose even in the face of mass extinctions.

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.

Review: 'The God Argument - The Case Against Religion and for Humanism' By A.C. Grayling

Andrew Doyle | Posted 30.05.2013 | UK Entertainment
Andrew Doyle

Whatever else one might think of Grayling's views, his skills as a writer are incontestable. The sheer clarity of his jargon-free prose makes The God Argument a pleasure to read.

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...

Who Owns 'Humanism'?

Ian Linden | Posted 19.04.2013 | UK
Ian Linden

What would happen if the different faiths began automatically adding 'humanism' to their names, Islamic humanism, Buddhist, Judaic, Hindu, Christian humanism, for example - then explored what each meant. We'd probably end up with a rich dialogue based on a celebration of two great realities: our shared humanity and the richness of our different religious traditions.

Girl Guides May Remove 'God' And 'Queen' From Oath

PA/Huffington Post UK | Posted 05.01.2013 | UK

In a bow to secularism, the Girl Guides could drop all mentions of God and the Queen in their oath. The voluntary organisation, which boasts more t...

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.

How Christians Stole Christmas and How We Can Win it Back

Matt Pitt | Posted 19.02.2013 | Home
Matt Pitt

Turning entirely normal people into mindless, zombie-esque happy creatures, the mystical Christmas spirit annually forces its way into our homes and hearts and helps us through the gloomy winter months. And then disaster strikes

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.

Humanism: a worldview for all seasons

Andrew Copson | Posted 08.01.2013 | UK
Andrew Copson

Andrew Brown, in a Guardian blog last week, criticised the British Humanist Association (BHA) for promoting humanism as an essentially negative approach to life defined by what it isn't and for being on an incoherent and self-defeating mission to eliminate all social bonds, based on an outmoded view of religion.

Tony Nicklinson and the Ethics of Assisted Dying

Andrew Copson | Posted 29.10.2012 | UK Politics
Andrew Copson

His own determined advocacy, the effective use of the media to promote his cause, and the ongoing eloquent, ethical and dignified support of his wife and daughters have guaranteed that Tony Nicklinson's death has not been the end of the public debate he reignited.

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.