Topic / Secularism

Christianity’s rapid decline makes the UK better for most

The Spectator, in an editorial this week, reports that, for the first time in recorded history, Britons declaring themselves to have no religion have exceeded the number of Christians in the UK. And it asserts: Christians, for their part, should not automatically associate a decline in religiosity with a rise in immorality. On the contrary, […]

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 […]

Center for Inquiry helps blogger escape from Bangladesh

Shammi Haque, 22, a secular writer and activist threatened by militant Islamists in Bangladesh has been granted asylum in Germany. The US-based Center for Inquiry reported this week that they provided her with emergency assistance to help ensure her safe relocation after she received death threats. CFI  says that Haque has built a reputation in […]

Internet brings Dawkins’ The God Delusion to the Arab world

Millions are reading The God Delusion in Arabic, according to Kacem El Ghazzali, above, an atheist writer from Morocco who has been living as a refugee in Switzerland since 2011. In this article, El Ghazzali – a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union (IHEU) delegation to the UN Human Rights Council and the co-scientific […]

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 […]

Something to strive for: an atheist badge of honour

America’s Freedom From Religion Foundation has unveiling a freethought scouting badge, inset above, to reward young non-believers and challenge the Boy Scouts of America’s discrimination against the non-religious. According to this report, the badge, symbolising atheism and agnosticism, is being issued in collaboration with the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science. Scouts who wish […]

Renowned British secularist Lord Avebury dies aged 87

Lord Avebury, pictured above, left, with the National Secular Society’s Keith Porteous Wood, was an honorary associate of the NSS who, in 2009, was awarded joint Secularist of the Year (with Evan Harris) for his role in the abolition of blasphemy. For more than a year he had been suffering from myelofibrosis, a form of […]

Swedish schools teach that faith is outmoded and irrational

Swedish researcher Karin Kittelmann Flensner, above, is calling for a better approach to religious studies after she found that faith in schools is portrayed as ‘incompatible with being a modern, rational and independently thinking human being’. According to this report, University of Gothenburg’s Flenser said in a doctoral thesis that, in Swedish classrooms, religion is […]

Christian Institute & secularists unite to defend free speech

Leading secularists and conservative Christians in the UK have attacked plans to introduce Extremism Disruption Orders next year. According to this report, the National Secular Society and the Christian Institute have formed an alliance to fight the the proposed legislation, warning that the “writing could be on the wall” for free speech if the orders go […]

Muslim hooligans target Maryam Namazie’s lecture

After she was branded ‘mindless’ and ‘Islamophobic’ by the Goldsmiths’ Islamic Society (ISOC), secularist and human right’s campaigner Maryam Namazie was subjected to threats and extreme harassment when she delivered an address to students at the London university this week. Namazie wrote here that she had been invited to the university by Goldsmiths’ Atheist, Secularist […]