Topic / Humanism

Warren Allen Smith, author of ‘Who’s Who in Hell’, has died

I was sad to learn today that Warren Allen Smith, a veteran US gay rights activist best known for his creation of a 1,237-page tome, Who’s Who in Hell: A Handbook and International Directory for Humanists, Freethinkers, Naturalists, Rationalists and Non-Theists, died peacefully at the age of 95. I have been in regular touch with […]

Rabbi Lionel Blue will present his own obituary tonight

One of the very few individuals remotely capable of uttering anything sensible on BBC Radio 4’s ghastly ‘Thought for the Day’ was Rabbi Lionel Blue, and I was sorry to learn that he had died yesterday, aged 86. I remember some years back telling a co-member of the National Secular Society that if NSS were […]

Law that protects non-believers signed by Barack Obama

President Obama has been warmly commended by the American Humanist Association for signing the Frank R Wolf International Religious Freedom Act into law. In a statement, Roy Speckhardt, above, Executive Director of the AHA, said: The American Humanist Association is proud to see this historic legislation signed into law and looks forward to working with […]

For a small donation, this atheist classic could be yours

For the past few weeks I have been helping retired Doctor Who screenwriter, novelist, actor and humanist Victor Pemberton, 84, to raise funds for the UK charity Help for Heroes. Central to Pemberton’s fundraising mission is a solo round trip of 10,000 km by car from his home in Spain to the Arctic and back. […]

In Miami, you will soon be able to get a degree in atheism

Thanks to a generous donation of  $2.2 million from retired businessman Louis Appignani, 83, above, the University of Miami is to introduce America’s  first academic chair for the study of atheism, humanism and secular ethics. Appignani – former President and Chairman of the modeling school Barbizon International – has given grants to many humanist and […]

Coming soon: part one of ‘The Cartoon History of Humanism’

When Dale Debakscy, above, made his first contribution to the Freethinker a couple of years back, I jumped with joy. Here was one humanist with an encyclopaedic grasp of humanism’s philosophical and ethical roots from the ancient Greeks onward, also with a fresh, informed and thoughtful take on current affairs. Most important of all, he […]

New app launched to block out Radio 4’s ‘Thought for the Day’

The National Secular Society is today launching a new app that will allow Radio 4 listeners to avoid ‘Thought for the Day’ when listening to the BBC’s ‘Today’ programme. The application will enable listeners to pre-select alternative content during the religious slot – their favourite music, a podcast or simply another radio station, which will […]

UK gay couple have a Ugandan classroom named after them

UGANDAN tabloids are notorious for their lurid anti-gay headlines, such as the one above, but, so far, I have not seen one declaring ‘Godless Homos Have Classroom Named After Them’. This, most likely, is because Ugandan gutter press hacks haven’t yet cottoned onto the fact that in Uganda’s northern Gulu region, an organisation called Humanist […]

Atheist numbers soar at Air Force base in Texas

Back in 2013, Lackland Air Force Base in Texas gave non-religious recruits permission to organise secular gatherings in lieu of attending church services. Given that the previous alternative to going to church was to stay back and clean the dorms, this was a welcome third option. There were only five attendees when the alternative programme […]

Judge: exclusion of humanism from religious studies is wrong

In a landmark ruling today, High Court judge Mr Justice Warby, above, found that the British Government was wrong to exclude humanism from the GCSE RS subject curriculum. The exclusion, according to this report, flew in the face of the Government’s own consultation results, and went against the opinion of RE subject experts and religious […]