Topic / Humanism

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, […]

Humanism book aimed at youngsters blasted by cleric

Free Presbyterian minister Rev David McIlveen, above, is urging people in Northern Ireland to challenge a book on humanism that is being distributed to schools. According to this report, McIlveen, said: We know that humanism is basically anti-God and therefore anti-Christian. I think to advocate humanism can’t go unchallenged and I think it is important […]

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 […]