Topic / Humanism

Survey shows that Scotland is no longer a faith-based country

Commenting the findings of a poll commissioned by Humanist Society Scotland, Gordon MacRae, above, Chief Executive of HSS, said today that ‘by all measurements Scotland is no longer a faith-based country – and has not been for some time.’ The poll, carried out by Survation, reveals that a substantial majority (59 percent) of Scottish people do not […]

London Humanists target the BBC over exclusionary godslot

Last month the South East London Humanist Group (SELHuG) held the first of a planned series of demos outside the BBC in a bid to get the corporation to open up Radio 4’s Thought for the Day to secular voices. A second demonstration took place yesterday, July 17. Thought for the Day, says the National […]

Florida city challenges court ruling over police prayer vigil

The city council of Ocala, Florida, is vigorously defending its Police Chief Greg Graham, above, who violated the Establishment Clause by organising a 2014 prayer vigil. He separately stands accused of sexual misconduct. US District Judge Timothy J Corrigan ruled in May that Graham and city leaders broke the Establishment Clause when it held the […]

IHEU condemns murder of yet another Bangladeshi atheist

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has renewed calls on the Bangladeshi authorities to give better protection to non-believers after atheist publisher Shahzahan Bachchu was murdered on Monday, June 11. Bachchu was known locally and within the secular Bangladeshi movement as an outspoken, sometimes fiery activist for secularism. He printed poetry and books related […]

‘Militant atheist’ in line to be appointed a US Navy chaplain

Faith-heads are expressing horror over the fact that Dr Jason Heap, above, may be appointed to serve as a secular-humanist chaplain in the Navy despite having been rejected earlier. In what conservative blogger George Rasley describes as “a bizarre act straight out of the Obama playbook”, the Navy Chaplain Appointment and Retention Eligibility Advisory group […]

Humanist denied UK asylum

A British Humanist organisation has criticised the UK government for denying asylum to an ex-Muslim, saying that the Home Office has ‘a fundamental misunderstanding of equality and human rights protections with regards to non-religious people.’ Humanists UK was reacting to news that Hamza bin Walayat, who renounced Islam and became a humanist, had his application […]

Archbishop’s ‘shameful’ attack on non-religious schools

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has been strongly rebuked by Humanists UK for saying that, in ‘schools that are not of a religious character, confidence in any personal sense of ultimate values has diminished.’ Speaking in a House of Lords debate on education this week, Welby said: [The Church has made] a clear move […]

Christian moron: put crocodile problem ahead of gay marriage

Back in 2011, an Australian independent MP, Bob Katter above, was slammed by his gay half-brother for saying that the idea of same-sex marriage deserved to be ridiculed. The Christian fundamentalist told an anti-gay rally at Parliament House in Canberra: Truly this proposition deserves to be laughed at and ridiculed. It doesn’t serve any serious […]

Indian politician wants an actress and filmmaker killed

Suraj Pal Amu, above, a member of India’s Hindu nationalist ruling party, yesterday (Sunday) offered a $1.5-m (£1.14-m) bounty to anyone who beheads the lead actress and the director of a yet-to-be released Bollywood film that depicts a romance between a Hindu queen and Muslim ruler. According to this report, Padmavati was set to be […]

Uganda’s new Freethinker Library will help free kids minds

IT’S a lamentable fact that millions of children in Africa are exposed from an early age to Christian propaganda in the form of faith-based learning programmes and truckloads of religious tracts and books brought into the country by missionaries under the guise of ‘foreign aid’. This from Wikipedia: Critics question the mingling of economic, health, […]