Message from Simon Nightingale, of Shropshire Humanists, for World Humanist Day. If anyone is up for a trip to Shrewsbury that Thursday let me know and maybe we can have a fun, and useful, day out (Michele) Dear Humanist Colleagues Our regular 21 June Thursday meeting in 2018 coincides with World Humanist Day. We would like to recognise this in an appropriate way, so we have booked the Square in Shrewsbury between 9 am and 5pm on 21 June for an event highlighting humanism. We welcome artists, musicians, poets, dancers, craft workers, photographers and any others who wish to display their talents in keeping with the spirit of humanism.
We received the following letter from the Chair of Milton Keynes Humanists, Mike Flood, regarding his attempt to raise awareness of, and responses to, the growing problem of fake news and misinformation so I am hoping to draw our members attention to it here, in case anyone is interested in getting involved. Like many people I have been dismayed by the escalation in misinformation, alternative facts and fake news, and the impact this is having, not least on social cohesion and people’s confidence in our political system. I also find the ‘my-opinion-is-as-good-as-yours’ attitude deeply troubling. Indeed, it raises issues for humanists because it is going
By now you’ll have heard that Theresa May has appointed Damian Hinds as her new Education Secretary, replacing Justine Greening and putting the PM’s plans to allow 100% religious segregation in English schools firmly back on the table. We successfully convinced Justine Greening to keep these plans at bay and also won ground on issues like mandatory Relationships and Sex Education, including in faith schools. But the appointment of Damian Hinds, a staunch supporter of religious discrimination in schools (who previously took funding from the Catholic Church), threatens to usher in a whole new era of ultra-discriminatory faith schools. Please, will you join today and help
We must all renew our commitment to a fairer, more secular Britain. In these times of uncertainty, we humanists must put our values into practice. Following on from the historic vote on 23rd June, much about the future of the UK and of Europe is, for better or worse, profoundly uncertain. As a non-partisan, charitable organisation, we did not take a side in the EU referendum, apart from encouraging a more democratic debate from all quarters. In that same enthusiastically democratic spirit, it falls to us to ensure that as humanists we play a critical role in steering this country through the difficult moral and intellectual