Topic / Humanism

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 […]

Darwin for youngsters

In Engand lessons about evolution designed for kids aged from ten have begun – thanks to the efforts of the British Humanist Association. A new primary national curriculum in English schools was introduced on September 1. For the first time it includes a module on evolution as part of the year six programme of study […]

Valuable gain for humanist charity

The UK LGBT Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has gained a new patron, Sophie in’t Veldt MEP, above, who was awarded the Irwin Prize for Secularist of the Year at a ceremony hosted by the National Secular Society in 2011. In ‘t Veld has been a Member of the European Parliament for D66, […]

Judge’s harsh lesson for US school district

Back in 2013, a lawsuit was filed against the Rankin County School District in Missippi for sponsoring student events that included religious proselytising. In November 2014, the American Humanist Association, which filed the lawsuit, and school district officials, entered into a Consent Decree, which prohibited the district from exposing students to further religious shenanigans. Despite […]

It’s Yoga Day – so let’s throw a tantrum

In a message on the eve of International Day of Yoga – today, as it happens – India’s Nagaland and Assam Governor P B Acharya said the world had finally recognised the importance of yoga in ensuring a sound mind and a healthy body. He termed it as a ‘victory for our ancient saint Patanjali’. […]

My Family

It is easy, looking around us, to believe that humans are the pinnacle of evolution, the masters of the world. We have developed tools with which we have spilt atoms, put probes on other planets and cured diseases amongst many thousands of other incredible achievements. We drive to work in super-efficient cars, take calls on […]

IHEU condemns slaying of blogger

The International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) has issued a statement condemning yesterday’s killing of Ananta Bijoy Das in Bangladesh. Prior to Ananta’s murder, blogger Md Washiqur (or Oyasiqur) Rahman Babu was hacked to death on March 30 this year in Bangladesh. His attackers claiming they had been instructed to kill him as their “Islamic duty”. […]

Humanist delivers council ‘prayer’

Humanist celebrant Guy Otten, third from right, broke new ground this week when he delivered a secular ‘prayer’ to members of Stockport Council in Great Manchester, England. In a message sent to me earlier today, Guy said he was told that this was “a first for Stockport”. He also sent me a link to a […]

Relax, It’s Just God

The Humanist yesterday carried a review by M Dolon Hickmon of Relax, It’s Just God: How and Why to Talk to Your Kids about Religion when You’re not Religious by Wendy Thomas Russell, above. The award-winning journalist wrote the book: Because non-religious parents are at the forefront of a major and unprecedented cultural shift in […]

Is God Real?

In 2010, the US-based website Circle of Moms published an anguished question from a woman who begged advice on how to put her 15-year-old – who ‘gave his heart to the Lord when he was four’, but later reclaimed it – back in the arms of Jesus. Over 90 moms responded, suggesting fervent prayer might […]