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Never mind the non-believers, feel Scotland’s ‘spirituality’

The number of Scots who say they are not religious has risen to almost three quarters, according to new research, but ‘the role of spirituality in people’s lives remains important,’ says Rev Norman Smith, above, convener of the Church of Scotland’s grandly-named Mission and Discipleship Council. Reacting to figures that show that just under a […]

Help feed orphans and promote secular humanism in Uganda

The Brighter Brains Institute, a California-based non-profit secular humanist organisation, has launched a funding campaign to establish a tilapia fish pond in Kanungu in Uganda, near the Congo border. Tilapia is a native African fish that is easily farmed and reproduces quickly, and the plan is to cultivate the fish to provide both food and financial […]

Nigerian Humanist Leo Igwe gets top award from IHEU

Nigerian human rights campaigner Leo Igwe, above, has received the 2017 Distinguished Services to Humanism Award from the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU). He received the award on Sunday from IHEU President Andrew Copson at IHEU’s 2017 General Assembly in London. In this piece published by Modern Ghana, Igwe wrote: I dedicate this award […]

New bookshop addition: Humanism For Inquiring Minds

Veteran freethought activist, Barbara Smoker, celebrated her 94th birthday yesterday  – and to coincide with the occasion G W Foote and Co.Ltd, publishers of the Freethinker, added a Kindle edition of Humanism For Inquiring Minds  to our bookshop. Except for “faith” schools, which have special privileges, any school that teaches religion is required to make […]

N Ireland couple challenge law over humanist weddings

Model Laura Lacole, 27,  and footballer Eunan O’Kane, 26, above – both humanists – have mounted  a court challenge to have their upcoming wedding recognised as legal without having a separate religious or civil ceremony. According to the Guardian, Lacole is marrying the Leeds United and Republic of Ireland midfielder O’Kane in Northern Ireland next […]

Apostates need support. Help rescue them from religion.

HumanistGlobal.org – the new website of the Brighter Brains Institute that launched the world’s first atheist orphanage in Uganda – is setting up an Apostate Support service. Humanist Global promotes humanism globally and performs charitable deeds that indicate “we don’t need gods to be good”. It is part of the Brighter Brains Institute, a California […]

Ireland’s latest census shows a steady decline in godliness

Reacting to Irish census figures that show a drop of just 3.4 percent of people claiming to be Catholic, Humanist Society of Ireland’s spokesperson Brian Whiteside, above, this week expressed his scepticism over the figure. In this report, Whiteside said: It seems odd that the number of Catholics has only declined by 3.4 percent. The […]

US study shows that children fare better in secular families

For almost 40 years, Vern L Bengtson, above, a USC professor of gerontology and sociology, has overseen the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which has become the largest study of religion and family life conducted across several generations in the United States. According to Phil Zuckerman, writing for the LA Times, when Bengston noticed the growth […]

Humanists are starting to gain a foothold in the Philippines

The woman pictured giving science lessons to children in a poor part of Alabang close to the Philippines’ capital city of Manila is Jahziel Tayco Ferrer, an atheist who believes that far too many children in her country are being exposed to dangerous Christian propaganda. Determined to bring a humanist world view to youngsters, Ferrer […]

Freethinker editor to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award

THE board of G W Foote and Company, publishers of the Freethinker, are delighted to learn that Barry Duke, above, who has edited the Freethinker for 20 years, is to receive a Lifetime’s Achievement Award from the National Secular Society as part of this year’s Secularist of the Year celebrations in March. Announcing the award, […]